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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....
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?
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...
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.
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...
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.
Had a rider that complained to Uber because they felt like their son's trip took too long. I got a ping to pick up this High School kid (he is a senior so I don't know if 18 but looks like it) from a grocery store. When I got there he was standing out front with a pretty full cart. I knew this kid from a couple of pick ups before so I know he did not need to go far and he seemed like a good kid from previous rides so I decided to help him out. So I get out and help him load the groceries in the trunk. Ride about 3 minutes but have to go through gate into community then get to his home and I back car in to make unloading easier. Kid gets first load and I grab two handfuls of bags and take them to his front step at his request. Now his Mom is the one arranging and paying for the rides (she has never actually been on a ride with me) as she has called me a couple times before when I have picked him up from his school. I noticed an adjustment on this trip today on my pay statement....
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.
I just wanna say uber can cram it where the sun don't shine!!! Of all the times I've driven 566457miles to get someone to go two blocks and then driven 577256miles back. And all the times I've put up with asshats that try to turn off the trip from the back seat. And all the times I've been nice to complete assholes who think they are precious cargo and deserve champagne to be served them in my back seat, they send me a message to say I've been flagged for low ratings. ?!?!?!? Of a 4.6 ?!?!?!? because stupid jerks have their feelings hurt when I don't submit to their whims and climb in the back seat and let them have their way with me?!?!!? Or I don't allow them to con me and insist on putting the destination in the GPS so they can't con me?!?!? Uber can go get screwed.
Now that this post has grown and Been "featured/famous".....
There are multiple versions of the sign available to print, and the PSD Photoshop file listed if you browse the many pages of information and comedy!
Here is my signage with simplified wording and Uber appearance graphics.
Also see digital marketing tip sign
I've finally woken up from how tired I was from the endless "your car costs 54 cents/mile to operate because the IRS deduction is 54 cents/mile" arguments and I wanted to share with all the truthers an example to show them that expenses are most certainly not 54 cents/mile for drivers managing their costs.
I don't need to show that expenses are 10 cents/mile (they are for me), I only need to show that they are not 54 cents/mile.
Let's use Enterprise's Uber program as our example, for New Jersey.
This is the easiest example to use because you pay your rental fee for the week, you pay for your gasoline, and you walk away. There is no endless misunderstanding of depreciation, repair costs, etc. to be had. You pay for the week, that's what it costs. No arguments!
Note: If anyone has better information, please add it in a comment that is free of rants. If you can prove that the cost you have is accurate and that it was mandatory I'll gladly update the...
The strike was a bust. The leaders have passion but no real organizational skills to build a database of drivers. Until they have a few thousand drivers they can count on, it is silly to try to strike.
But the California Highway Patrol pissed off enough Uber passengers in a way that the strikers never could.
Apparently after Uber drivers left the red lot at the Super Bowl to deliver someone maybe to their car a few blocks away, there was no way to get back to the Red lot to pick up another pax. .
The CHP had blocked every possible entry way to Great America Parkway from all freeways and side roads.
And since Uber has no telephone support there was absolutely no way that any driver could've informed Uber about what was going on right under their noses.
Uber paid $500,000 to the NFL only to piss off lots passengers coming from the Super Bowl who wanted to get an Uber but found there were no cars in the lot after the first 500 left.
Uber was sending text messages literally...
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