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I was offline (of course) and a gal pulled out from a parallel parking spot and hit me. Fortunately, my door molding took almost all of the damage, so I wasn't going to report it because I don't carry comprehensive or collision on my car, only liability. I knew I could fix it for less than $50 once the weather warms up.
I didn't even get mad at her and simply asked if she was ok and exchanged insurance info with her. However, the next day, my insurance company calls me to tell me that she filed against my policy and said I hit her while she was backing into her spot.
I forwarded the dash cam footage to my insurance company and gave them permission to pursue an insurance fraud claim against her and her insurance company. The next day, I receive this email from her insurance company...
followed by this check...
So my dash cam has already paid for itself 10 times over.
These two phrases are the most overused, unnecessary, cringe-worthy statements on this site. People throw them out as "advice" but I think they just like making others feel shitty.
"Driving rideshare isn't the job for you"
"People shouldn't drive rideshare full time"
This job is probably the wrong gig for 70% of those doing it. Yes, some love it, but not many. It gets old pretty fast. It's tough. It can be stressful. It's physically exhausting. And when you HAVE to do it, it's even harder. When it's something you don't need to do, for some reason it seems easier.
And most of the people driving full time understand that driving for Uber, Lyft, etc, is basically untenable for extended periods. Physically, emotionally, psychologically......it's rough. But people have bills to pay, families to support, apartments and homes to live in, all of which require MONEY.
So, try to remember: those driving full time are doing it to LIVE. To put food on the table, to have cell...
Other than not accepting any rides with ratings other than 4.91-4.99...
Call them ! That's it. Sounds simple, right ? And it is. Just call them right away every time.... Tell them you just wanted to make sure you were in the right place.
But of course the real reason is, because if they sound like a drunk, belligerent, ,mentally challenged.... Or even the slightest bit arrogant.... Or rude... OR, if they have a bunch of drunken idiots friends trying to interrupt them on the phone...
Hit the cancel button quickly, and grab another ride to try again.
Who here can't tell by how a person talks if it's going to be a good, smooth ride or not ???
Once again, sorry Uber. But they don't pay me enough to deal with drunken idiots.
Jesus, I wish these people all just smoked weed. They would be so much easier to deal with.
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...
Preface: a few days ago I had a scheduled pick up, arrived on time, waited 5 minutes then got a text from the pax "I'll be out in 3 minutes please start the clock". Uh, no. Start the clock? I waited 5 minutes, clock has been going for 5 minutes already. I'll take my $10, thanks.
But it really irked me. YOU asked to be picked up at a pre-selected time. I made sure I was on time for your important airport ride. Now YOU'RE not ready? NOT my problem.
So I devised my new education service. I wait the 5 minutes I give the phone call I do everything by the book, but it can be more satisfying.
I'm rolling out of my seedy apartment complex at 3:20AM, coffee in hand, and I have my first Lyft scheduled ride ping. As soon as I saw his rating - my paxhole senses tingled (normally I only accept above 4.7). Nonetheless - I drive over. I'm five minutes early - but that gives me time to enjoy my coffee while it's still warm.
I notice immediately that I can see the passenger...
Got this text yesterday from pax.
then received a phone call before I could cancel.
she was telling me she had set multiple stops in the app as were going back and forth to her new place a couple blocks down the road.
I couldn't help myself and started laughing. you're crazy if you think I'm doing that.
I'm Not Your Uhaul Lady.
she then tells me it's too much to rent a uhaul. I have 3 kids and their dad's won't help.
I have 3 kids also I say and dont really care. rent a uhaul.
wtf is wrong with people.
sad part is we all know some ant took the ride and helped her move.
Q: Is Uber trying to screw me?
Q: Is Uber trying to get revenge on me? It feels personal.
A: No. They don't know you, they don't care about you. Nothing you did makes you stand out among the other 1 million drivers.
Q: Uber took over xx% of the fare, can they do this?
Q: I'm so pissed, can I sue them?
A: No. Unless you opted out of arbitration.
Q: Am I in danger of being deactivated?
A: Always. For no reason at all.
Q: I heard Lyft is better.
A: You heard wrong.
Q: Should I rent a car to do this?
Q: Why (blah blah blah) ratings (blah blah blah)?
A: Ratings don't matter. Unless you drop below 4.60.
Q: What's the best way to get more tips?
A: Be nicer to people.
Q: I've been told not to take Pool or Shared.
A: You heard right.
Q: How do I avoid the horrible people in life?
A: Quit driving and go work in a warehouse. Alone.
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...
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?
Uber passenger offered me $500 to have 'fun' with him (illegal) and wouldn't get out of my car. Guess he didn't care about the dashcam and posted video recording notices clearly visible in my car. It is not uncommon for passengers to tip up to $50 on very long rides, which is the only reason I offered to break his larger bill. The fastest and safest way to remove people from my vehicle is to deescalate the situation. I behaved the way I did in order to diffuse the situation without confrontation. Yes, I had easy access to a personal defense item.
And according to Uber's 'Legal' section on 'Community Guidelines': no you're not supposed to ask.
"Physical contact with the driver or fellow riders. As our community guidelines make clear, you shouldn’t touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what."
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.
Enough is enough of these scumbag companies including Uber, Lyft, doordash, postmates, etc hiding destinations from supposed independent contractor drivers.
Each trip we take is a business deal, and as supposed ICs, we have a right to know the pertinent information BEFORE agreeing to the deal.
Instead, only one party (fuber,etc) has the info and hides it from the other party (the drivers) .
This yet another example of the ways we're treated like poorly paid employees who get no benefits rather than ICs.
Combine this with the bad pay and overall disrespect we get, and something's gotta be done.
An important point to remember is that hiding destinations enables these scumbag companies to pay garbage rates.
Knowing destinations in advance would FORCE these companies to pay decent pay rates.
Along with knowing destinations in advance, as ICs we should be able to accept or decline trips WITHOUT penalty.
We can do something. Contact your local, state,county, and federal...
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....
hell yeah I’m liking this one!!!!!!!!!!! Had an airport fare to Pasadena we had an excellent conversation and when I’m helping the women with her luggage once we get to her destination she told me “you’re very kind and handsome we should get dinner sometime” I told her I would love to and we have plans for Tuesday night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It appears we are all about to get bent over HARD and Uber will be lining their pockets with money that used to go to us
They implemented a new Surge policy as a test in Charlotte NC and now have moved it to 5 other cities to expand the test. The rumor is it is going nationwide late August early September.
The gist of it they are getting rid of the Multiplier for the drivers and going to a flat dollar rate. You drive into the surge area and your next ride to get the highest dollar rate applied to your next ride......but ONLY IF
Your app was online
You dont reject a ride
You don't go offline
You don't change your ride preferences
You dont cancel a ride
If you do any of those things you don't get the surge bonus
It seems the best you can really get is a 10-15 dollar bonus added on......but most of the time is is a lot less. So gone will be the days of the 4.0x surge....X or XL ride for 17 minutes that got you 35 bucks. Now you will get your normal fare plus maybe 5 bucks
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...
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