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Discussion in 'Complaints' started by UberSucker, May 16, 2017.

  1. UberSucker

    UberSucker Active Member

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Since this forum is about complaining, I wanted to blow off some steam and I hope that you guys don't mind...

    I lost my job to outsourcing late last year and a friend of mine pressed me extremely hard to sign up for Uber, claiming that it was a dream job and a gold mine just waiting to be taken. Now, I clearly don't have to tell any of you that Uber is nothing of the sort. Although I have a very high rating, I ****ing hate Uber. I'm driving myself and my car into the ground and I hope that I can find a normal job soon before I jump off a ****ing bridge (which I'm close to doing) because of the financial mess that I have gotten myself into. Driving Bay Area *******s around has been the most depressing experience that I've ever had work-wise. I guess at this point it would be helpful if I could laugh at my situation but I don't know how too?? How do you guys deal with all the bull**** (wages, the gas costs, the ******* PAX and being a 5 star Chauffeur for 1 star wages?)

    I'm so pissed off about being in this stupid ass situation that I don't think I'll ever speak to my former friend again. I'm responsible for my own choices but he was way too aggressive about pushing Uber on me and promising it to be the answer to my prayers. At this point, I wouldn't mind it if he and his wife were hit by a ****ing bus. A really big...****ing....bus.
     
  2. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    Hopefully you don't take his advice on a stock tip.

    Very well stated.
     
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  3. UberSucker

    UberSucker Active Member

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
     
  4. Jufkii

    Jufkii Well-Known Member

    Location:
    cedar rapids
    Driving:
    UberX
    You and I both must be doing something wrong at this point. I've talked to 4 different Uber drivers in the past few months. One claims to be making " A Killing". One "Good Money" .One "Making Bank". And one " A Ton" at least on weekends". Gas is the only expense for all. All or at least most of their Pax are great. One makes " A Ton" in tips on weekend nights. One still maintains a 5.0 rating after several thousand trips. "Best job he ever had " claims another. Dead miles don't matter to another. The amount of the fare after the trip is all that matters. One bets he gets more badges than anyone around here. Perhaps the best advice from one of these drivers is to stock our cars like a concession stand with candy like he does. His Pax love it,they love him for the treats, and you may "get rich" like he is in doing so .
     
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  5. Bpr2

    Bpr2 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    California
    Driving:
    UberX
    Take a day off once a week and every 6 weeks or so if you can financially afford to, take a couple days off. Mid week is the best time, that way you can destress and not worry about missing the possible weekend earning.
     
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  6. Atom guy

    Atom guy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    CT
    What is so bad about driving Uber? It is a simple, mindless job. No boss, no set hours. Is the money great? No, for the most part. But it is money to pay the bills. If you don't like it, then stop doing it.
     
  7. Carblar

    Carblar Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    It's a very deflating company to work with. They nickel and dime you at every turn, they provide little to no support other than robot nonsense responses, the pay is low and unpredictable and the expenses are high.
     
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  8. Mears Troll Number 4

    Mears Troll Number 4 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orlando-ish
    Driving:
    Taxi
    Have you looked into delivering pizzahut or pappa johns?

    They pay much better, at least in the Mystical Rat Kindgom.
     
  9. UberSucker

    UberSucker Active Member

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Thank you @Juddufki @Bpr2 & @Carblarfor for the comments. It's difficult to get advice and to find compassion and understanding from others when you find yourself in a situation like this. Many people including PAX will often say "don't do it if you don't like it" which is nonsense because sometimes people cannot simply stop working. There are plenty of Americans who work jobs they hate because of their current situation. And no job in a such a civilized and privileged country in America should resemble indentured servitude and have such unfair practices in the likes of which Uber does. Perhaps I'm being too anal but I believe strongly in fairness and common courtesy in our society and between Uber and PAX it's clear that those two things barely exist.
     
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  10. dirtylee

    dirtylee Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dallas
    Driving:
    UberX
    Welcome to the real world. It sucks ass, at least you are in America.

    How do I deal?
    Talk to other drivers in the staging lot.
    **** ratings = no ride.
    Carry a reel & go fishing during downtime.

    Move away from the bay area.
     
  11. aJoe

    aJoe Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Flo-Rida
    I bet he sent you the referral code so he can cash in on your misery. The way I dealt with it was to quit. Too many downsides. Depression, stress, lack of income, fear of losing insurance, fear of getting car jacked or killed. Fear of 1's from pax. I'm broke but I'm happy I will survive. Mon to Wed I made $50 trying for 36 hours to get rides. I'm not in your area but I'm done. Waste of time, too much risk, car headed towards being ruined slowly too for a payday loan from uber towards it's depreciation and I have to pay for gas too. I've never been so bamboozled by an employer, and I would work for 95 cents a mile gross, but they can't even provide me with $5 a day guaranteed in rides. All that time with the app on and being on call waiting for rides is free work and a complete waste of time. Uber is like Working for McD 12 hours a day but only getting paid for 2.
     
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  12. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
    Driving:
    Lyft
    First off, stop externalizing. You are ALL of your choices...that includes professional, personal, and financial.

    You chose your friend, you chose Uber, you chose not to do your research on it before jumping in, now you're choosing to drive in spite of it being a horrible job (for you).

    Once you own those choices, and start taking them apart one by one, correcting your mistakes becomes much easier.

    This job is very different, night and day, when you don't have to rely on it and you're not using it as a band-aid. Instead of focusing on how bad it is, how dire your situation, how trapped and angry you feel, how about focusing on what steps you can take TOMORROW to work towards a better gig?

    Even if it means short term pain, what's the best way for you to get out of Uber and into a better job? When you answer that, you'll stop thinking about your friend and his advice....that's in the past. Do something to change your situation.
     
  13. aJoe

    aJoe Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Flo-Rida
    Don't berate the person he says he just wants to vent out his anger and frustrations.

    You chose to do Uber as did the 96% who quit within a year and still do quit hourly.
     
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  14. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I'm not berating him, I'm being honest and trying to help him. If it was berating, I wouldn't offer any advice....and I wouldn't care.

    And, my choices are not in question here. I have a good job 40 hours a week. I do Uber for travel & fun money, and that's it. I hate seeing people come to this gig in desperate and unhappy situations, and I'd rather not sugar coat it or see them blaming outside forces for what got them here. It's a choice, you're right about that....and it would be great if less people relied on this.

    Thanks for your concern.
     
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  15. Lelekm

    Lelekm Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Houston
    Driving:
    UberXL
    Actually, swingset's advice is good actionable advice. It may sound harsh and unkind at first, but accepting our part in anything is the first step in the perspective shift needed to think positively, look forward, and make good changes. Can't change the past. I like to gripe about Uber as much as the next guy, but it does sound like UberSucker's situation and outlook is a little more depressed than most. No one likes the feeling of being "trapped" by life choices, so the best thing to do is to acknowledge the choices we made (so we don't see it as trapped) and then make new choices. Even really small positive steps can eventually lead to really good things. Uber is tough. It can be degrading. It can be fun, and it's easy mindless work on our own schedule. That's the draw; that's the trade off for making so little.
     
  16. Jc.

    Jc. Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Miami
    UberSuckerUberSucker I bet your friend got a nice referral kick back for signing you up LOL
     
  17. UberSucker

    UberSucker Active Member

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Thanks to everyone for the posts. I do feel trapped and miserable with my current situation and it's nice to be able to vent with a group.

    First off, I agree with what swingsetswingset said. I really do. But there is also a level of fairness that is to be expected from a business that you are working for in the U.S. Uber had ushered in a digitized version of indentured servitude that has flown under the radar because our appointed leaders and people in our communities haven't stood up against that. But it doesn't make it right. There isn't a customer service job in this country in which people are providing these kinds of services and who are also prevented tips from the company. I also firmly believe that the Uber Customer Service Support Staff is used as a shield by the company to make it almost impossible for a driver to find resolution to an issue. And who wins in that case? The issues are usually monetary or something to do with holding a PAX responsible for a bad action. If you can't get through to support then the driver simply ditches the complaint. I had an irate PAX put his hands on me and start shaking me violently because he was upset with the route that I was taking. I didn't even get a follow up from Uber after I reported him. I also discovered and caught Uber removing funds from my GoBank Account and had to fight them for a week over that issue. It wasn't until I got advice from an attorney and threatened legal action that my funds were returned. That is a BIG no-no. You simply do not do **** like that. These are the things that I find unforgivable and that would not fly at a company with a proper HR dept. And regardless of what people think Uber is for; part time, fun money, etc, it's a contractual job in which both parties are supposed to be legally responsible but Uber has perfected the art of removing their part of responsibility.

    Now I lost my train of thought, so I'm going to shut up. I'm getting old LOL
     
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  18. Lelekm

    Lelekm Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Houston
    Driving:
    UberXL
    Spot on. I agree, and yet I am also still driving. I drive less than half of what I used to, but I am one who still takes the trade-off of no set hours, and my own car and time, to make a few extra bucks here and there. The company and what it's created in the labor force is no doubt very bad for America (can't speak for other countries). Others have posted how it's set labor and protection laws back a century. Can't disagree there. Uber is the big rip-off, using hard-working people's equity in their own vehicles as capital investment for the company with zero return for the "partners." Not to mention taking no responsibility for all those workers' safety and wellbeing... I hope things look up for you soon.
     
  19. Tr4vis Ka1anick

    Tr4vis Ka1anick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SF Bay
    Driving:
    UberPREMIUM
    A friend of mine asked about driving for Uber.

    My answer was to try Amazon Flex. He has only done it a few days, so I can't say it's good or bad. However, compared to Uber it has many potential benefits. Furthermore there is an Amazon Flex sub-forum on this site as a resource.

    Good luck, wish you the best.
     
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  20. Uberdriverlasvegas

    Uberdriverlasvegas Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    I for one am very thankful for both Uber and Lyft. I was laid off from my past two employers due to downsizing, eventually going out of business. My unemployment benefits expired and for whatever reason, new job prospects were few and far between. Driving for Uber and Lyft not only provided me with a way to make an immediate income, but afforded me the opportunity to catch up on my bills and past mortgage. I don’t know why some drivers have so many problems with pax or making a steady income. I drive in Las Vegas and am having a great time and lots of fun as a driver.
     
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