A Lot Of Rides To The Middle Of Nowhere! WTH

Coyotex

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I'm not sure how Uber does it, but I think I'm in the data base as going to a certain spot, a LONG way away, without a chance for getting a trip to come back to the hot spots.

This happen on 5 trips just last night! Here am, in the heart of the city, waiting for a ping. I get one, and it takes me me about 6 miles out of the city. No worries, I'll take it. I drive back to the "hot spot" again, and PING.....another ride to the same apartment complex, 6 miles away. Now, the apartment complex is in BFE, and even if I stage there, I would have missed all the hot spot activity. So, this driving back and 4th 5 times last night, really ate up a long of time, not to mention every time I went out there, I would get another PING about 15 minutes away, in the complete opposite direction from the city. I wasn't going to take the chance to drive all that way, just for a 3 mile ride to the Piggly Wiggly.

Now granted, I did drive earlier this week and took a pax to this same apartment complex about 4pm on Wed. It's the 1st time I've ever been out to that place (ever before I started rideshare). Now, all the sudden, it seems that all my trips went out that way.

Then, at 2am, as I was driving back from this place and was going home, so I drove through the hot spot in town. A lot of people coming out of a local bar (a lot of college kids who live 1-2 miles away) and a $1.75 surge going on, I figured I can get about 3 or 4 real quick trips in the next half out, rack up $25, and head on home. I get my first ping. Guy gets in, 15 miles the total opposite directions of where I'd be heading to go home! WTF! I'd take that guy home, then have to head back with no chance for another ping.

I just don't know what I did to make Uber pick me for this trips!
 

The Texan

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It happens to me alot too. It is what it is.

Just last night about 12:35a.m., I'm almost home, app still on and Ping.
I pull up, and ask him where they're going? He tells me an area ~18mi the opposite way from home. I tell and why and decline, there's a discussion and he was cool with it, not so much his wife.
I cancelled and clicked 'do not charge rider'
Why can't you do that?
 

Seamus

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6 miles away is BFE? What sort of rides are you looking for, 1 mile rides? I commute roughly about 45-50 miles each way to get into the busy market. 6 miles is nothing.
Same thing I was thinking, around here 6 miles wouldn’t even begin to be the middle of no where. Guess each geography is different!
 

K-pax

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I wouldn't drive that far for a ping without a promise of a tip in the app !!
I don’t drive there for a ping. I DF in mto the city in case anyone is going my way, then I stey in the city all day, then DF toward home when my day is done. The amount it would cost me to live near the city could be $500 - $1500 a month more in rent than out my way, and it’s wven expensive where I’m at. I’ll take the dead miles. It’s even worse in the bay area. Some people live several hours away, and sleep in their cars during the week till they go home.
 

Coyotex

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It's not so much the distance as the time away from the "hot spot", the only place (about a mile square) where the ONLY place where surges happen. Surges don't happen often in my area, and when they do, I would like to be able to take advantage of them. I have to push it to make $150 on a Saturday night, which I don't mind doing. But without the surges + short trip combo, it a bit difficult to do.
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Some people live several hours away, and sleep in their cars during the week till they go home.
Oh, the joys of living in Cali! lol
I'll take my 6 mile dead head over having to sleep in my car all week any time! lol
 

Coyotex

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Just to make it clear, I don't mind these rides, that's not the point. I want to maximize my profits for my time. And in my area, several short trip with surge per hour is more profitable than 3 "longer trips" per hour with dead miles driving back. Still making $120 plus for 6 hours of just driving ain't bad. This pays for my cell bill, Netflix, and several other monthly expenses I have.
 

Benjamin M

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I'd much rather get a long trip over short ones. Six miles?! ?

A few good long trips and I'm done earlier. And I save on gas because they're usually highway miles.
 

Coyotex

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I look at it this way, I would much rather have 6 short rides inside a surge area instead of 1 that takes me out of the surge area.
 

NoWhrMn

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Don't think I could say the same....I had a 40 minute $31 trip on Friday evening. No way I am making that in 6 short $3 surge trips.
 

Coyotex

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For me, if I have a 40 minute $31 dollar trip, that's fine. But then I'd have to drive 40 minutes back with no ride. If I go 10-15 minutes from the heart of the city, (any direction) I'm in the heart of farm land. My issue isn't the ride itself, is the empty back haul to find another ride.
 

DONALDTRUMPSHAIR

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Just to make it clear, I don't mind these rides, that's not the point. I want to maximize my profits for my time. And in my area, several short trip with surge per hour is more profitable than 3 "longer trips" per hour with dead miles driving back. Still making $120 plus for 6 hours of just driving ain't bad. This pays for my cell bill, Netflix, and several other monthly expenses I have.
Your cell bill and Netflix should add up to about $40/month. What other bills do you have?
 

Alexxx_Uber

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Yeah that sucks ... that’s why I drive in DF mode as much as I can.
And remember if you complain about it, you will be accused of “destination discrimination” crap. Smh
 
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