My taxi driver says he didn't agree to the price, and he wants more than I want to pay to take me back and forth. When I'm on my usual shift, every other week right now, I can take a free bus to work and home. So, even if I have to pay close to what he wants sometimes I still not have to pay anything at least half the time. The past year I have turned down rides home from co-workers in order to have definite plans with him every day to pick me up. There are enough co-workers who live where I'm moving that some of the time I can hitch a ride. The rest of the time I'll pay the extra money for a dedicated cab, but it won't be nearly as much as paying him every day. Loyalty means a lot, but not as much as he wants. sigh.
The original movers weren't available, but my co-worker has found 3 more, and the corporate admin here found me a guy with a 'big truck'. Not sure what that exactly means, but my co-worker will be there with his pickup as well.
As I said, it's non-linear.