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I am in a spot where I, regretfully, have to sell some of my badges. It has taken me a year of collecting and hard work (at 10 hours per week average driving) to accumulate a fairly remarkable collection of badges.
I will let them go for $1 each or five for $4.
This is an opportunity for the driver to really show off their 'professional' skills, or 'expert navigation', or prove once and for all that you are a 'great conversationalist'. All of these badges are virtually unused, in mint uncirculated condition, and can be displayed on a resume - or tombstone.
Free shipping and handling.
BUT WAIT ... if you act NOW, we will include a free (refurbished and slightly used) professional grade barf bag.
Act now. Operators are waiting.
So I pick up a young girl about early twenties from what I presume to be her dorm. Her destination is only 2 miles away. As we are almost there, maybe 4 blocks away, she tell me to turn left at the light so we can go to 711. I ask her if I will be compensated for my time. She says" yea, I'll spot you a 5" at the end of the trip". I tell her she can give it to me now( I've been duped by lying pax enough). She says no, at trip's end. I continue heading to her destination and she starts crying. Literally crying. I drop her off and as she leaves, she says "why couldn't you be like my other uber drivers. "I assumed she meant other drivers she took advantage of. One star. Done. Don't let these entitled lying pax trick you. If they say they will tip if you make a stop, demand it up front.
The other night, I get pinged to go to a local Costco. Roll up, Costco is closed, and I see an older woman standing with her carriage full of bags, and standing with a cane. I pull up, open the hatch, preceded to help her load the bags into the car. No big deal, it was a quick 1,2,3...
As we are driving, she tells me I am the second Uber to show up. The first uber, pulled all the way into the shopping center and then drove away and cancelled the trip. Through conversation, found out she is now legally blind, and can no longer drive, and just had knee surgery.
Ok, get to the house, not that far away. Front door is just a few steps away from the car. I unload the bags to her front door, wish her well. She preceded to hand me, what I perceived as everything she had in her wallet. It pretty much amounted to about $5.80 cents. Mostly in quarters... I told her it wasn't necessary, but she insisted. packed up, and left...
Woke up the next morning, and found that she left a nice 5 star...
All Uber riders think they are unique but really 90% of them fit into one of the following categories:
The Texter: This rider has a habit of messaging you within a minute of accepting the trip. They ask things like "where you at!?" Or "Are you close by?!" Or "I see you're going the wrong way" when you're just trying to do a legal U-turn.
How to get five stars: Cancel
The Ghoster: This lone rider chooses to lurk directly behind the drivers seat as if to suggest you might be a risk to them. They tend to be socially awkward trips. They just assume that you're a creep. They don't say anything unless they have to. They fold their arms or pretend to text on their phone. They want ride-sharing just without the Uber drivers. How to get five stars: Breathe lightly and pretend you don't exist.
This person expects luxury service but they are too cheap-ass too pay for it....
Top 10 signs you need to STOP BEING AN UBER DRIVER...
10. You stop accepting every ping you get, or canceling the ride if its "too far" for your whiney little butt to drive to.
9. You stop keeping your car perfectly clean, looking at it and saying, "eh, it can go another day before washing".
8. You start eating and drinking excessively whilst online to cope with your depression of having whiney Pax who don't rate you 5 stars when it's not even your fault!
7. You no longer bother to hold your farts in or brush your hair/teeth.
6. You start making up bullshit stories to tell Pax, like when you were shot in 'Nam, because you're tired of telling them the same story about your life.
5. You go from wearing nice clothes, to eh these are clean, to clothes off your floor and no undies because well who has time for laundry? Ubering is exhausting man!
4. You start creeping Pax out for fun, like the huge eyeball mirror stare, telling them you haven't slept for 32 hours solid, you have...
I recently became a Uber driver. I figured I'm just going to do a weekend morning airport shift from about 6 to 9 a.m. I don't want any drunks in a mood to throw up or fight at some crazy hour of the morning. This is just something to do while the wife and kids are slow in waking up. I head out at about 5:45 a.m. after having watched plenty of first-time driver videos the last few days. I get to the airport waiting area and see I'm in the queue. The one thing I didn't think about was that I typically funtion like clockwork at about 6:30 a.m. for a bowel movement. After deciding that I will not be able to hold it for 3 hours, I stop at a nearby gas station. I figure things are going as my way as I spot the key laying outside already by the gas station window. I proceed into the bathroom, perform my function, and go to wipe. Foiled!! There was no toilet paper. I look around considering my options. Hmm, walk over to the sink with my pants at my ankles, sit in there, and...
Stamp collecting. Needlepoint. Spelinunking.
THESE are all hobbies.
Recently, I've been reading through these threads and several young Uberites stated unequivocally "I consider Uber a hobby'.
Never have I encountered a hobby which involves destroying ones car in order to supply wealth for the worlds biggest pre-IPO startup.
Is it just me, or have we failed with an entire generation?
I will never give out water and treats, this is BS it's like your trying to buy the pax love. STOP IT!
Uber was once a really good thing for drivers the whole product was different and the consumers using uber were different.
The PAX now are a whole different crowd as are the drivers it appears.
Uber tells you its a good idea to pass out all this crap and continue to lower driver rates, if uber's my partner where do I pick up their share of crap to hand out?
Forget that, Every single driver should just stop handing crap out.
First a little intro:
I've been a full time Lyft/Uber driver for 9 months in Phoenix Arizona. In that time, I've completed over 3300 rides, over 300 cancellations, and averaged anywhere from $15-$25 an hour each week. I've also gone through two rate cuts on Uber, as well as an incentive cut on Lyft. Over time, I've developed ways to fight back against Uber's cuts and lies, and would like to share my techniques with you. I realize that many of you are already doing some of these things, however, I would like to share these in a cohesive and systematic way, so that we can work together to fight back and stand up to Uber's lies and tyranny.
The most obvious way to fight back is not to drive for Uber at all. I know that many of you have either started to focus on Lyft more, or perhaps other platforms, or have quit entirely. Some of you only drive during surges. These are effective methods for an individual, however, we all know that Uber still banks on a steady stream...
Let me tell you my story of dealing with uberEats.
My wife and I own a little Pizzeria in Las Vegas, serving mostly locals, not really the tourist areas.
We took on uberEats basically because everybody else did and hey, why not some additional revenue?
They charge us as the restaurant a hefty 35% commission (DoorDash and BiteSquad and others are cheaper than that). So, at thin margins in the restaurant business, we were not making a whole lot on these orders.
But still, no problem. A little less profit but maybe a few new and happy customers. Right?
How it turned out:
Much headache, few profit.
The drivers were diverse, and I didn't expect differently. Some were really nice. Some were complete A-Holes poisoning the atmosphere of the place. Figure a huge woman, first thing using the bathroom without asking (and making a mess), sitting down at a prominent table, whipping out her cell phone talking loudly about stuff that nobody wants to hear.
Some customers are like that too, but...
PAX: So, are you from around here?
Driver: No, I flew in from my beach home in Jamaica to drive you around for $0.75/mi.
It might be good to have a thread where we can post the biggest Uber up front pricing skims for the reporters who are soon going to be looking to write stories on this. This topic will gain more traction now that Uber is being sued over it, so let's give the reporters some material to work with and some hard, factual numbers for them to publish in order to expose this latest scam from Uber.
I gave a 70 mile ride this morning from SFO airport to Santa Rosa. The pax was charged $134.09 to his Amex card:
But on my fare calculation summary, Uber told me in the Trip Detail that the fare was just $99.30:
Now, the $99.30 does not include the booking fee, the airport fee or the bridge toll. So, to get the whole picture let's look at both versions of the fare from Uber - my driver's version and the pax' version and compare the two:
The fare according to distance and time was $99.30. Add in the...
I posted on Facebook out of frustration about not hearing from Uber about a pax conducting a drug deal. I had sent in a help request directly from the trip (major issue with pax), plus sent two follow-up emails regarding how Uber let the pax rate me a 1 and how Uber halved the fair.
Everything was fact and I got a response almost immediately after posting.
I even got a call from Uber to discuss the situation and they "sympathized."
Now, I get a message saying that I'm permanently deactivated for posting an unfavorable review of Uber on a social network (though all of it was true). They say that this action is not reversible.
This is what I posted on Facebook.
Uber allowed a pax who was involved in a drug deal and wanted me to transport those drugs 86 miles to rate me a 1-Star and allowed them to complain about the fare chopping it in half without even notifying me. I drove 19 miles in 45 minutes and Uber adjusted the fare to just over $8.
While only 3 miles from the first...
Do NOT get mad at me when you request a ride running late and notice that I am headed in the opposite direction and instead of making an illegal u-turn in the middle of the street in front of cops, legally go to the next left, make another left and then a right onto the street you are on.
Then I parked 3 cars down from where he was standing (only available spot unless I stopped on the one lane street and held up traffic, again, all in front of cops) and he just mean mugs me for a good minute. Realizes that I am not pulling out of my parking spot to come get him 3 cars down and stop in the street for him. Comes and opens the back door and rudely asks "Are you Lyft?!". I said "Yes, are you Tyler?" while smiling. He gets in and slams the door and I ask what the destination is (dumba$$ didn't have it already entered even though he was running late and in SUCH a rush). He said "Pine and Bellevue Way" I asked him if there was a certain business or address and he yelled at me...
Okay, so tonight's been... interesting.
Not only was it pathetically slow (I am on track to receive my lowest paycheck since I damaged my car in August), but my last ride resulted in a passenger getting arrested.
The pickup was in Anaheim, at a "gentlemen's club" called Fritz That's It. It's on Katella Ave., just east of I-5. There were two people, a man and a woman; both were pretty drunk, and she in particular was a complete train wreck. Right away, I had a feeling this may not end well; maybe I should trust my instincts.
They get in the car, and the guy says she is his sister, and that she's upset because she broke up with her boyfriend. The trip is in his name, but he didn't enter an address. I asked where we're going, and he said Anaheim Hills, off of Weir Canyon. I said, no problem, and away we went.
The girl is a blubbering mess, so I reach for my stash of Kleenex and pass it behind me. I try to lighten the mood by telling a dumb joke or two (What's the difference...
So yeah, single mom. I work nights exclusively but slowly adding in hours in the afternoon now that my sister is able to watch the kids for me.
I don't like to talk about my looks....but I was brought up to look my best no matter what it is I do. That being said I still dress modestly, I'm not bad to look at...I absolutely abhor compliments when I am ubering, but I tolerate it. I'm probably the nicest person you will ever meet, albeit I cuss like a sailor and have a dry...sometimes innapropriate sense of humor around the more lax pax( hey that rhymed). Of course I always keep it professional otherwise.
Every now and then I get drunk frat boy, overprivilaged, and spoiled pax...and occasional dirty old men that think their money is warrant to speak to people however they wish. They always start off with something like "oh, you're pretty but you're ubering at night. Single mother, right? Baby daddy out of the picture, I bet you put out...how much do I have to pay to get you to...
Its always young people who are addicted to their phones. They leave home, get in the car then suddenly realize, "oh I should have charged my phone before going out".
I am not stocking a charger for every old iphone, new iphone, micro usb, mini usb, and whatever other connection is out there for a $3 trip.
They sell portable charging packs, and extended battery cases. People should take responsibility and invest in their own back up option.
How does not accepting a request create delays? Let's say I am five minutes away and driver B is ten minutes away. If I don't accept the request, it goes to driver B. If I am offline, the request goes to driver B. The passenger doesn't see any delay or any difference.
Bad impression of "the community?" The passenger never sees my name or knows anything about me, so I must not be part of "the community."
This message from Lyft is about control. Lyft wants us to accept every crappy request because they don't have enough drivers or pax. Here is a tip for you Lyft. It is called cause and effect. I maintained at least 90% acceptance rate for several months and you paid me a 20% bonus. This week, you changed the bonus structure and made it nearly impossible to earn the same dollar amount in bonuses. This week, my acceptance rate dropped below 60% as my priorities changed. Cause = change in bonus structure. Effect = drop in acceptance rate. Actions have...
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