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Taxis charging twice on one trip?

This has happened a lot here, I take a taxi from the downtown back to Ordonez Lasso and ask the driver to stop for a minute along the way so I can pick something up, i.e. my laundry or item from a shop and the taxi driver will then reset the meter and say that it is two rides and I have to pay two meter fares. Also, the taxis have done this when going with friends and stopping at their condo first, they then reset the meter at the moment of dropping off the 1st person saying it is two or more rides even though I am already in the car. Is this normal here in Cuenca?

Alex