When he spoke up, the driver offered a discount. Instead, Lee paid the full fare, with a credit card, then complained to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The TLC said last week that thousands of cabbies had illegally raised rates on about 1.8 million trips over two years. The city is considering rebates for cheated riders.
Lee told the New York Post that New Yorkers - and tourists - are "smarter than cabbies think."
He still sympathizes with honest, hardworking drivers.
Information from: New York Post, www.nypost.com