As I left the airport, I'll admit I was actually looking for the ride share pickup area, because initially I thought I would just book an Uber. But, as I was walking around outside two taxi drivers working together approached me. They gave the typical greeting, "Hello, my friend..." Curious to test my skills, I took their bait and said I needed a taxi from the airport to Bandra. They quoted me 900 rupees and showed me a piece of paper that said it was the, "Government price." I quickly disregarded that price and walked to the pre-paid booth instead. They said 800, to which I countered with 600. They again said I was offering too little so I kept walking to the pre-paid booth. They stopped me after I made a few more steps and agreed to 600. I knew this was still more than what I'd be paying via Uber or the pre-paid booth, but I enjoyed this as my first Indian experience.
I didn't enjoy it for long. I gave them 1,000 rupees and then showed me my "cash." He briefly flashed my 500 note along with a 100 note thinking I wouldn't notice, but I immediately called him out. I'll even admit that I had to think if I really gave him a 500 and 100 note, but I remembered that when I exchanged my USDs for rupees, I only received 500 notes. The guy pretended to ignore me and I became annoyed. I continued asking for my 400 rupees, but he just kept silent, so I threatened to involve the police. Of course, the money wasn't the issue for me, it's the fact the guy was trying to finesse me and was doing it extremely poorly. He asked me to calm down and before we got out into the main roads he tells his guy that was driving to pull over and tells me this other taxi driver will give you the change and will take you. Surprisingly, he kept his word. The other driver was asleep in his taxi and was woken up with demands of 400 rupees and the guy who tried to finesse me gave me the 400 rupees.
Once I was out of the airport and onto the road, I could finally say that I was actually in Mumbai. Also, this new driver was such a nice guy. He was taking me to my Airbnb in Bandra, but as you can see, this isn't my Airbnb. This is, "BWSL Promonade" and I asked my driver to bring me here first.