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  1. grams777

    Do You Pay Uber $17,000 A Year To Cart You Around? The Twitterverse Isn’t Buying It

    Related article picked up by Forbes: Sep 5, 2018,12:46 pm Running The Numbers: Auto Ownership Is Still Way Cheaper Than Ride Hailing https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2018/09/05/running-the-numbers-auto-ownership-is-way-cheaper-than-ride-hailing/
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    New York City Votes On Significant Uber Restrictions, Minimum Wage For Drivers

    Another of the bills requires the TLC to set minimum pay rates for drivers at large firms, and grants the TLC the right to do the same for smaller firms. A study conducted by the TLC suggested drivers be paid $17.22 an hour, before tax and the cost of vehicle maintenance, but the study was not...
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    Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries

    Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries Guardian investigation reveals numerous cases of Amazon workers being treated in ways that leave them homeless, unable to work or bereft of income after workplace accidents...
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    I just ordered from UE

    That is one of the worst workflows for getting tips. There are many ways to greatly improve tips including using generous preset amounts in conspicuous places during checkout. One taxi company had the in car payment interface that defaulted to 15-30 % or other. You also had to step through it...
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    Service Fee Higher than Booking fee

    Yes. This is very likely a case where Uber routes and makes the passenger pay the more expensive longer route while the driver gets paid on the cheaper direct route if he takes it instead. Uber navigation may have shown the longer route. But if you use Waze or Google Maps it may show something...
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    Mass Soft blocked

    You’re right that the 8/day 40/week cap doesn’t mean anything about whether one is an employee or not. The reason they probably do it is to make it almost impossible to sue them over it. The unpaid overtime issue is the meat and potatoes of all these class action lawsuits. Without any possible...
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    Dara discovers the reason for his 4.73 rider rating

    Obviously there’s more to the story of a 4.73 than not using a seatbelt in the back.
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    California supreme court ruling could change everything...

    One problem is there are usually costs for having an employee on the books whether they work or not. It can be for insurance, payroll, benefits or other costs. So generally once you’re an employee, the employer needs the amount of work you do to be worthwhile. This can also be true as a...
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    Got a ticket - Sounds Stadium

    https://www.uber.com/drive/nashville/where-to-drive/ Check each of the venues listed for pick up and drop off rules. That page is updated without notice. Let your passengers know that these are the only places they will be allowed to be picked up and dropped off. If they get out in the wrong...
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    Route Optimization

    https://uberpeople.net/xfa-blog-entry/optimizing-the-order-of-delivery-route-stops.84/
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    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    One problem is they could even set the variable base pay to zero. So theoretically in a seven stop, two hour block, you could make $0 base and get tipped $35 (i.e. only working for tips). Then amazon chips in a few dollars or whatever is needed to get to your minimum hourly rate for the block...
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    I thought Long Pickup fees were starting at end of 2017 in St. Louis

    You can tell if there are long pickup fees in an area by checking the rider app. If you enter a pickup with a driver far away, it should list the pickup fee as a line item in the fare estimate for the pax.
  13. grams777

    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    That’s probably a $15-$16 per hour base on a $20 hourly rate. Here you can literally do a one hour per hour all day and never see any tips come through. On routes with a large number of stops it’s harder to see what’s going on. The tip for one stop per hour effectively goes to Amazon. Before the...
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    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    That's where it's easiest to detect that something is wrong based on the single stop, one hour blocks. For me, those always used to be around $23 ($18 plus default / recommended $5 tip) until all this started then wham, flat lined down to 18 nearly all the time. Only once went to $19 I think...
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    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    That’s true about the pay. But amazon really can set the pay to whatever they want. They can just say ok $12 (or $18 or whatever) per hour plus tips and be done with it if they want. Just be upfront and stop the song and dance. The shady area is in hiding what they are doing. That’s a really...
  16. grams777

    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    That’s really the problem. There should be disclosure on pay line items including how much is wages and how much is tips. I think they’d still have plenty of drivers. I’m not sure what they really benefit from hiding it. This model is applied in other gigs and jobs where I’ve always seen full...
  17. grams777

    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    Variable base pay is admitted directly by Amazon Flex support. It’s right there in the second paragraph below. This was in response to my inquiry about what was going on with tips after they dropped here early in 2017. They admit that they had just recently introduced it and it was not like...
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    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    It’s a word game. You do get all of your tips. What they don’t tell you is how much they lowered the base pay to which they add all of your tips. It’s a similar thing with restaurant hosts etc. They get around $3 per hour base pay plus their tips with a minimum wage hourly guarantee.
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    It's confirmed Amazon takes 30% of you tips. Here is how we know.

    It’s been discussed a lot elesewhere but the bottom line is that each market and each block has a variable base amount. This can be equal to or less than the hourly guarantee amount. Tips are then added to this variable base. If the variable base was less than the hourly rate, your tips start to...
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