• Report: #673360

Complaint Review: Universal Taxi

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  • Submitted: Sun, December 19, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, January 02, 2013

  • Reported By: Universal Driver — Addison Illinois United States of America
Universal Taxi
1740 Armitage Court Addison, Illinois United States of America

Universal Taxi Gordon Simic Universal Taxi Terrible Employer Addison, Illinois

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Universal taxi of Addison Gordon & Tanja, Steve

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Christina miller is Gordon's wife real name Terri Simic!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: True!

*Consumer Comment: About Unversal Taxi

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I'm currently a driver at Universal Taxi, and I'm in the process of my final seven days. It is six days before Christmas, and I will finally be relieved of this wretched company in a few more days. I answered an ad on Craigslist a few weeks ago as Universal Taxi was advertising for drivers wanted. The ad said that you could make $600-700 a week.

Anybody who goes into apply for a position with Universal Taxi is interviewed immediately by a "hiring manager". In my case, I interviewed with owner Gordon Simic, who showed me on his calculator that I would likely bring in $250 a day of which $78 would go to my lease and approximately $50 would be attributed to gasoline. The rest of the $250, which would be roughly $120, would be mine to keep. You work six days a week, and that is approximately $720 per week.

He said it would take about 12 hours to make this money. In reality, I never had one day where I brought in $250, whether I worked 8 hours, 10, 12 or even 16. In fact, this past Monday, I worked 12 hours and brought in $138. My expenses of lease/gas/food were $136 which means I made exactly $2 in a 12-hour day.

I worked 7 hours last Sunday and brought in $64. My expenses were $115 which means I LOST $61 after 7 hours of work. All this place is concerned about is collecting your $78 at the end of the night.

Seeing that I wasn't making any money, I pursued new employment. Once I received a new job, I attempted to call Mr. Simic to tell him that I had issues with the business, and that I wanted to sign for my last seven days. He never called me back. I left him three voicemails. I finally had to go through a man named Rick, who acts like he's an authority figure with the company but insists that he actually has no authority.

Despite my new employment, and the fact that I wasn't able to work the final few days of my final seven, they would not release me from my "contract" early. They've also never given me a copy of this contract that I signed based on the fact that I was told I would likely be making $700 per week.

They also said since I was late paying the lease twice in a week, that my free lease day which is Sunday would no longer be allowed to me, and that I would have to work Sunday to pay another $78 lease. They called me at 5 p.m. on Sunday to notify me of this, giving me little to no time to make this lease.

I strongly recommend that nobody work for this company. The ONLY way that they make money is through ripping off their drivers by putting them in unsafe vehicles.My speedometer is 7-10 mph slower than my actual speed.My car battery died on my very first day. Seven days later, my heater stopped working in nearly below zero weather.

When I brought my car back to the office to get the heater fixed, they gave me a vehicle with only one working headlight. When that vehicle would come to a stop, the "working" headlight, the heater and the radio would all shut off. The next day, the entire car would shut down at every red light on my way back to the office to retrieve my original car.

I also received a ticket for the missing headlight later in the night, and the company has yet to make arrangements for me to get to the police department with that vehicle to get the ticket waived.

I have only worked with this company for 16 days, and I have made this laundry list of complaints. I can only imagine what some of the veteran drivers have had to go through. My sleeping habits, exercise habits and eating habits have been strongly affected by the long, driving hours which is extremely unhealthy, not to mention, the stress that has been involved with having to pay this unruly lease every day.

After 16 days, I only have $88 cash in my pocket. By the end of my "contract" on Wednesday, I will most likely have no cash in my pocket which is the same as the way I started with the company. This was a severe waste of time with a company that is clearly consumed by a greedy owner. I urge anybody who reads this to NOT work for this company. It will only cause you grief, and you will not make close to the money that you were told about making.

Also, if anybody reads this and can recommend to me any legal counsel, I would certainly appreciate it. I would really like to see this company not be able to get away with these horrible business practices.


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Universal taxi of Addison Gordon & Tanja, Steve

AUTHOR: D_NYCE - (USA)

This is a case of good cop bad cop well I would like to start December 24 I was driving on 290 and I heard a loud noise my left tire came off I call back to base to assistant the dispatcher had told me that I will have to stay with the car until she can get ahold of Gordan while I have been to form the Gordan was sleeping mind you it was 5 o'clock in the morning didn't get back to me until 10 minutes till 8 so I took it upon myself to call a taxi cost me 67 dollars to get back home Bass called me back and told me I will still have to pay my lease which was 78 dollars and the next day was Christmas send for me that I have to pay for another 78 dollars the next date Gordon said for me to return the car and if I don't he's going to call the police on me instead I'll call the police on him because he was harassing me and telling me that things are going to be rough for me if I don't give back his car I think the reason why he was so aggressive with me because of all the drug dealing and drinking going on in his establishment I recommend for no 1 to work for this company after you make your lease everyday of 78 dollars you might make another 40 to pay for your gas so therefore you have to watch out 4 shady business is like this I seen with my own eyes people doing drugs while working this is a crook and Gordon needs to be stopped still owe me money
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Christina miller is Gordon's wife real name Terri Simic!

AUTHOR: parent - (United States of America)

I know both of these guys on a personal level. Believe me when I say everything your saying is true. Christina is Gordon's wife real name Terri they live in Campton hills with 2kids. They moved there after they let their house in thorn wood subdivision go into foreclosure..he beat up his own wife several times, once in target parking lot. Got locked up..but she's stays with him..for money reason.. Gordon is shady, and is greedy someone needs to sue him.. Believe me there is no real contract don't bother giving him 7day notice don't pay your lease leave car somewhere take money and run!
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

True!

AUTHOR: DrP - (United States of America)

Both of these reports are true! As an ex emploee i witnessed it all! And gordon simic recently has been sued!! Google his name!! The proof is right there how he treats people..
This all is not hearsay, its truth!! He lies, cheats, scams , steals!! Him and his wife christina miller are con artists!!
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About Unversal Taxi

AUTHOR: Cynthia - (United States of America)

My name is Cynthia S. and I would like to tell you Universal Limousine and Universal Taxi are all owned by the same people! Gordon Simic is a con-man from the word go!!! And as for his dispatcher--Christina miller- lets just say thats his wife-They are Horrible employers and you are not the first to have said this-I have seen gordon beat people up because they didn't have their 78.00 for lease! Their Limousine company is the same way. He treats people badly but what goes aroiund comes around. Attorneys are hurting right now- If I were you I would just get on your phone and call one after another until some attorney is interested enough to take your case upon a contingency basis. Heres something else----Contact the Media---I am sure they might also take interest in your mishap! Good Luck to you!

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