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Woman arrested after racking up $980 cab bill

Woman Arrested After Racking Up $980 Cab Bill

By Collin Ruane

A Massachusetts woman was arrested earlier this week after allegedly racking up a taxi fare so high she couldn't afford to pay it.

Thirty-one-year-old Denise Rebelato was arrested Wednesday after hailing a cab at New York's JFK Airport and getting a ride all the way to the Boston area. (Via WFXT)

WHDH points out the cabby told Rebelato it would cost nearly $1,000 to get to Framingham from New York and she agreed to pay it when they left the airport.

But after the roughly 200-mile journey, the New York Post reports Rebelato couldn't get the money to pay for the trip - meaning the driver still hasn't gotten paid. He says he spent $75 on gas and $40 in tolls in addition to the $150 he spent to rent the cab for a shift.

Taking a four-hour cab ride sounds a bit unusual, right?

Well apparently, it might not be all that uncommon. A New York Daily News reporter said she called several cab companies asking for rides from New York to Boston to see how much they were, and people on the other line didn't sound surprised at all.

WBZ-TV reports Rebelato was formally charged with larceny in a Massachusetts court Friday.

And WABC points out the judge wasn't sure why Rebelato didn't just take the bus - a much cheaper option - instead.

According to the New York Post, charges against Rebelato will be dropped if she can pay off her massive bill by April 7.

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mbrheljr February 09 2014 at 10:02 AM

Per W.C. Fields: "...you can't cheat an honest man..."

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truenature4life February 09 2014 at 11:20 AM

She could had just bought a commercial ticket from NY to MA; She was already there at the airport. Wait for a stand by ticket or just make a purchase for a seat available from any airlines.
She could had saved in lots of ways; money, and time in traveling to MA, the hassle does not even sounds worth doing this. Something is wrong with her..

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Mark February 09 2014 at 11:27 AM

How incredibly stupid do you have to be, to take a cab from NY to Boston?

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Steve February 09 2014 at 12:05 PM

Cab drivers are not always the most honest people. I had one quote me $12 to take me about 4 miles, he wanted to charge me $42. I called the police, and basically was told I had to pay the $42. I did, but have never trusted cabs in the US again. I write any quote down on paper and make them sign it, or don't get in the cab. And I still tip good cabbies. Other countries have never been a problem. I wouldn't be so quick to take a cabbies word on this though, Just sayin'...

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angelo Steve February 09 2014 at 12:38 PM

Luckily, I've never had to take a cab in the US. I avoid them as if they radioactive. I don't have a high opinion of cabies either.

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hwildeman.2 February 09 2014 at 12:16 PM

Cab Driver should have collected in advance, I rode cab from N C to Panama City, Fl in 1990 and paid $450. in advance, had no problems

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angelo hwildeman.2 February 09 2014 at 12:35 PM

You could have flown for less.

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dickn2000b angelo February 09 2014 at 1:12 PM

But she didn't fly. Duuuuhhh.

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smastro1 February 09 2014 at 12:19 PM

It would have been cheaper to rent a car.

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dickn2000b smastro1 February 09 2014 at 1:11 PM

But she didn't rent a car. Duuuuhhhh!

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macnberger February 09 2014 at 12:22 PM


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janka51 February 09 2014 at 12:29 PM

both of them sound pretty stupid to me

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rudimario February 09 2014 at 12:34 PM

What that young lady did was wrong. But you can bet your sweet bippy that more cab drivers than not, have taken advantage of their fares, by going that extra distance or rigging the mileage indicators or taken the scenic route. Dog eat world out there.

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fernandezarthr February 09 2014 at 12:32 PM

........go, keep her in jail, have her pay the cabby and also charge her another 2g's for the cabby troubles............

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