I like doing TV runs. I live the near a Best Buy. TVs don't complain about anything.
Make sure you also submit a "returned item" request to get an additional $15. The item doesn't have to be returned to any specific location or person. It just has to be given back in a way that satisfies the customer. If that's giving it to another person at another location, then that's a successful returned item, and $15.A few months ago I got a ping to do a pick-up at NAPA Auto Parts. Pull into the parking lot and a NAPA employee is standing there with a box. Figured I was taking him home or something. He sets the box in my seat and says thanks the guy is waiting for me. Almost cancelled but hey it was a slow day. Took the part 14 miles and got a decent tip. Added bonus it put into a more productive area for the rest of the day. I guess for me I have no hard set rule. If it is not an over the top request I'll do it.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS, and, customers almost NEVER tip on these kinds of trips^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^The reason everyone hates these rides is because of the low pay
A few months ago I got a ping to do a pick-up at NAPA Auto Parts. Pull into the parking lot and a NAPA employee is standing there with a box. He sets the box in my seat and says thanks the guy is waiting for me. Took the part 14 miles and got a decent tip.
I would not care if I were driving a HUMVEE with a roof rack, that Beta Sigma is not going to scratch up my paint job for six dollars fifty seven.This happened during December before Christmas;
I get a ping to a Rite Aid store. As I pull up a young woman approaches from the sidewalk in front of the store. She's carrying a small shopping bag and nothing more. Oh well......surely a one mile run but whatever, let's get it over with. As I approach she smiles and waves her phone at me. Then she motions to a young man standing about 50 feet away, who begins walking towards me carrying a large wrapped Christmas tree.
"Where da hell do you think that's going???"
"On top of your car? You don't have to worry, the store employees help loading the tree and tying it down. You don't even have to get out of your car."
Yes I said some words that were not "Merry Christmas " as I cancelled and hi-tailed it out of there.
It took me one time, only, to learn to check those kinds of boxes. This was many years back. The customer actually gave me a nice tip. I did not notice it until a customer pointed it out to me the next day. As soon as I saw it, I knew how it got there. Fortunately, there was a shop where they would patch it. Still, it ate the tip, the fare and then some. After that, if a box like that must go on one of the seats, I check the staples and it goes on an comes off ever-so-lightly-and-politely. I have had customers want to handle those things as would a dock worker. When I ask them if they are going to pay to patch the tear in the seat, they shut up. I have worked on more than one loading dock and, I drove a truck in Canada. "Fragile" means "drop only four times instead of the usual seven". "Do not drop" means "Do not drop-kick more than fifty feet at a time". "This side up" means "Any side BUT this one up". "Do not stack more than three high" means "Stack AT LEAST five high".Another Ant told me on Black Friday he let a pax load up his Prius with a whole brand new computer system in boxes. When the pax got home and slid one of the boxes out of the back seat, one of those big copper industrial staples was partially loose on the bottom of the box and sliced a section of his back seat.
It will if it is new-in-plastic-wrapper. Of course, not many people will give a mattress either to Goodwill or Big Sally in that condition, but I have seen both at their stores.Goodwill doesn’t accept mattresses.
This is how I would have handled that.The guy at Home Depot that wanted to load several bags of landscaping stones, not so much. I pointed out the trucks Home Depot had for rent and cancelled
Did he tip though? Did you split the fare?Speaking of gas-cans, I picked up a fellow ant one night who’s car ran out of gas…with a pax on the back seat. Buddy didn’t exactly seem like the brightest bulb in the box. Anyway, I took pity on him and carried him to a gas-station to get a gallon and back to his car.
I totally agree. The entitlement of pax nowadays blows me away. Instead of being a grown up 35+ year old adult that she was, and rent a U-Haul or Home Depot pick up truck for an hour, she called an Uber. Even then, instead of an Uber XL, she chose a X. ( which in 80% of the time in Seattle, that would be a Prius.) Even after that when she saw me pull in, and saw the quality and size of my car, she thought this was an option.I would not care if I were driving a HUMVEE with a roof rack, that Beta Sigma is not going to scratch up my paint job for six dollars fifty seven.
It did me, as well, in my first thirty days or so in this business, way back when......................................I totally agree. The entitlement of pax nowadays blows me away.
Yeah, but they'd have to pay like $3 a minute wait time for the loading and unloading at both ends of the trip. If they implement that, they might as well go all the way and let us bill for drive thrus and grocery shopping.That would definitely make sense. They'll be disrupting the moving and storage business by undercutting them.
Lets not forget the two year life span of Uber's OTTO driverless semi truck.That would definitely make sense. They'll be disrupting the moving and storage business by undercutting them.