It was the craziest thing, we got in an unmarked taxi (first mistake) after walking around for like an hour unable to find a taxi. So we get going and immediately I know that we made a mistake as the fare is normally 20,000 and this one was already at 50,000 and we were 10 minutes in. So we’re trying to get him to stop the taxi so we can get out and get another or walk and he starts doing this thing with his hand, looked like he was dancing or something or waving his finger around.
I had taken a 50,000 out of my purse to pay him but he knew we were trying to leave and all of a sudden my money was gone. It was like he paused time and then restarted it after my money was gone. My husband was next to me and saw the money in my hand and then experienced the same thing, it just disappeared. I didn’t put it down, I didn’t give it to him, it was there one second and then gone.
Then after we got there we had to get money out of the ATM because we didn’t have any now (I should have trusted my instincts and just got out but I wasn’t sure he had taken it because I didn’t see it) and that’s when he took a 100k from my hand and gave me back a 10k. So I got out and yelled at him and we left.
Later I was talking to a friend who lived there and he said we had gotten hypnotized and that it was really common there. Strange that there are 10 seconds of my life that I don’t remember at all.