“Uber Is Handing Us a Penny and Acting Like It’s Ten Grand”

waldowainthrop

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Uber announced it will give its drivers two weeks paid leave — but only if they test positive for coronavirus. We talked to a veteran Uber driver in Philadelphia about his decision to stop driving and the company’s pathetic response to the pandemic.
“I don’t have any savings. To be honest, any money I would have kept as savings has gone to cover the costs of car repair over the years.”
 

Fusion_LUser

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“I don’t have any savings. To be honest, any money I would have kept as savings has gone to cover the costs of car repair over the years.”

Is there any business in the world that doesn't require business expenses? If you use your car to make money, expect there to be expenses to do so. You know how you don't have to worry about repairs and so-call deprecation on your car? By not using it for business purposes!
 

waldowainthrop

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@Fusion_LUser The guy is struggling. He is operating at a loss and has a lot of his car repairs on a credit card. He’s now way worse off with the coronavirus shutdown and no medical insurance. Find me a rideshare driver who is thriving in the past couple of weeks (compared to before) and I’d be shocked.

Lots of people have failing businesses. If Uber drivers were mostly successful entrepreneurs, this forum probably wouldn’t have much readership.

We can criticize his decisions, but I think his struggles are something many people here have faced to one degree or another.
 

Fusion_LUser

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@Fusion_LUser The guy is struggling. He is operating at a loss and has a lot of his car repairs on a credit card. He’s now way worse off with the coronavirus. Find me a rideshare driver who is thriving in the past couple of weeks (compared to before) and I’d be shocked.

Lots of people have failing businesses. If Uber drivers were mostly successful entrepreneurs, this forum probably wouldn’t have much readership.

We can criticize his decisions, but I think his struggles are something many people here have faced to one degree or another.
I'm not criticizing the ants decision. Matter of fact I'm consistently on the side of the ant who makes a choice to drive no matter the time... before or after the panic. Everyone has to make their own decision on if it's worth it to drive or not.

Where I do have a issue is with those who complain about car repairs and depreciation. When you use your car for business purposes to make money, that is the game.... you now have business expenses. Welcome to the world of self-employment. Business owners for hundreds of years have had to deal with businesses expenses... just like gig workers.
 

waldowainthrop

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@Fusion_LUser I agree.

If my computer breaks tomorrow and I can’t make websites anymore until I replace it, I know it’s on me to replace it. It probably would still be even in a socialist utopia that some would advocate for.
 

OldBay

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@Fusion_LUser The guy is struggling. He is operating at a loss and has a lot of his car repairs on a credit card. He’s now way worse off with the coronavirus shutdown and no medical insurance. Find me a rideshare driver who is thriving in the past couple of weeks (compared to before) and I’d be shocked.

Lots of people have failing businesses. If Uber drivers were mostly successful entrepreneurs, this forum probably wouldn’t have much readership.

We can criticize his decisions, but I think his struggles are something many people here have faced to one degree or another.
Ive said for a long time, only people who should be doing rideshare are those who can fix their own cars.
 

Wolfgang Faust

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“I don’t have any savings. To be honest, any money I would have kept as savings has gone to cover the costs of car repair over the years.”

Is there any business in the world that doesn't require business expenses? If you use your car to make money, expect there to be expenses to do so. You know how you don't have to worry about repairs and so-call deprecation on your car? By not using it for business purposes!
Exactly.
I have 8-12 months saved.
 

waldowainthrop

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Ive said for a long time, only people who should be doing rideshare are those who can fix their own cars.
I mostly agree. People who do 5 hours a week of gig work could probably manage with routine shop maintenance, I guess.
 

Fuzzyelvis

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I'm not criticizing the ants decision. Matter of fact I'm consistently on the side of the ant who makes a choice to drive no matter the time... before or after the panic. Everyone has to make their own decision on if it's worth it to drive or not.

Where I do have a issue is with those who complain about car repairs and depreciation. When you use your car for business purposes to make money, that is the game.... you now have business expenses. Welcome to the world of self-employment. Business owners for hundreds of years have had to deal with businesses expenses... just like gig workers.
Who says he's complaining? Sounds like he's just stating a fact.
 

Fusion_LUser

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Who says he's complaining? Sounds like he's just stating a fact.
I said "Where I do have a issue is with those who complain about car repairs and depreciation" and the guy never said word about appreciation. But we sure do see a lot of complaining here at UP about repairs and especially deprecation, and that's what I have issues with because so many here seem to think being self-employed is a no-expense deal.
 
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