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  1. Phatboy

    Anybody got any experience with Bingle?

    Its that time of year where I need to reinsure my Uber jalopy. Last year I did Allianz, simply because other insurers wouldn't touch me whilst I was Ubering. I have had no problems with Allianz apart from that they are super expensive. This year Bingle is on my list of possible insurers. It...
  2. Phatboy

    More places for ranger paranoia

    Alfred Street North Sydney. I spotted her too late as I was loading the suitcases in. Bugger.....!
  3. Phatboy

    Strange Uber 35+ destinations

    Last night I had one to Paddington........London, UK (no fixed fare unfortunately). I have also recently had one to somewhere in India, and to somewhere in North Carolina. These days I pack my passport and extra sandwiches, just in case.... Anybody else getting strange 35+ destinations?
  4. Phatboy

    Thrifty advice anybody?

    I doubt that anybody who drives for Uber can afford to be flash with the cash. I was just wondering what the best thrifty tips are from my fellow participants in Sydney's 21st Century equivalent of the hungry mile. Here are my own current top three thrift tips: Avoid Caltex like the plague...
  5. Phatboy

    This morning's unusual occurrence....

    Only eight trips this morning, but somehow I managed to pick up 200+ of those silly badges. Are they supposed to make me feel good? Maybe not go over to Ola??? Its probably some kind of computer glitch. They are about as useful to me as an ashtray on a motorcycle. I can't cash them in or swap...
  6. Phatboy

    At a certain level the ratings become meaningless

    In theory if you are a really crapy Uber driver, the passenger rating system will weed you out. I once took a ride once with a 4.3 driver. He told me Uber had called him in for re-training, to help him get his rate up. Judging from his crappy, dirty car, getting his rate up was going to be a...
  7. Phatboy

    I just went back to bed....

    Somebody with "issues" decided to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge early this morning. Traffic chaos has resulted. Absolutely no point to try to head south from the north shore. I got just one $7.00 trip in my first hour from 5.45 and subsequently made an executive decision not to join this...
  8. Phatboy

    "Network problems" again today..... or is it just me?

    I have just made an executive decision to go back to bed
  9. Phatboy

    Uber Taxi

    It looks like its back.....
  10. Phatboy

    Qantas

    I picked up a digital marking type who worked for Qantas, and took her to their office in Mascot. She was telling me that since Uber started working with Qantas by giving airmiles on trips to the airport to Qantas frequent flyers that roughly 20,000 have signed on to the Uber app! Of course...
  11. Phatboy

    I got the trifecta

    Unfortunately not in the Melbourne cup! I got three bad reports in one day, I presume from the same customer. Safety, Cleanliness and Professionalism! Justified? Maybe? Maybe not? In just over one year of Ubering, and after over 4000 trips I have only ever had one report before for bad...
  12. Phatboy

    more on Uber Assist.....

    I thought that we had done this to death already, but I got a new angle today My biggest gripe with Uber Assist is that about two thirds of the pax that I pick up for it are as fit as fleas, and seem to be using it only so that they can guarantee a slightly bigger car. Today I pick up a guy...
  13. Phatboy

    Strange event du jour

    Somebody nicked a rear rubber floor mat from me today! Kleptomaniac? Rubber floor mat fetishist? I have no idea who it was, but suspect two quite porky teenage girls who I picked up in Maroubra and took to Maroubra beach on the cheapest fare imaginable. I can't believe that any of the grown...
  14. Phatboy

    Clearly not good enough

    Picked up an elderly lady from the Benz service place in McLaughlin Avenue Paddington this morning, booked by one of the service guys there. When I arrived he showed her into my car. She looked down her nose at me and said "Oh.....they usually send me a black one". It took me all of about ten...
  15. Phatboy

    Uber driver clips my car in the KFC car park at the airport and does a runner

    This morning at about 8.25, stopped at the KFC car park for a pee and a coffee. As soon as I stopped the car next to me reverses out and clips the side of my car with his front passenger side wing. I jump out immediately, but he chooses to do a runner. The damage is not massive, just a nasty...
  16. Phatboy

    Does anybody else do Uber Assist?

    I do, and am quite puzzled by most (80%) of the riders I have picked up. For the most part, they do not look like they need any assistance. Indeed, some of them look way fitter than I do! On one occasion I picked up three well healed eastern suburbs twenty somethings on Uber Assist who were...
  17. Phatboy

    Who was that...?

    Picked up a young (25 something) guy in Paddington this morning who wanted to go to the Hilton Hotel in Pitt Street. On the way we had a pleasant chat. When we arrive at the Hilton, there are half a dozen photographers and two film crews waiting. "The paparazzi are waiting for you.." I said...
  18. Phatboy

    The airport queue and short trips

    I try to avoid queuing at the airport, but will join the queue if it is short, or I need to do something like have a pee, or buy a cup of extremely average coffee. Generally if I do the later, the wait time is no more than 30 minutes , providing the time for a little break. So it was...
  19. Phatboy

    "A Westpac offer for Uber Driver Partners"

    Got this on my Ubering App today. Basically if you pay $2000 of your Uber earrings into a Westpac Choice account before the end of July, the account will be credited a further $100.00. In theory, something for nothing! By chance I had to pop into my local Westpac today to bank a cheque, so I...
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