Hurricane Irma grinds Uber service to a complete stop in South Florida

Mrtgman

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With gas stations running out of fuel ahead of the storm and long lines for the few stations that have gas left there are virtually zero Uber drivers to be found. Here is the view from the pax app. I have never seen this before without any ants on it. Even at 4 am there are usually at least 2-3 Uber drivers around. Scary stuff! I would love to get out there and drive but if I run out of gas I'm screwed!
 

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unPat

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Don't worry there will be drivers. People will not go out for a while. So demand will tank. It was the same thing last year. But this one looks very dangerous.
Stay safe !
 

Ayad

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A company must learn from past mistakes. So probably no surge in a crisis zone. All the best to the people in the affected areas.
 

brendon292

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Storm surge? What kind of person are you? People will die, and all you think about is surge? How much do you need?

I used to drive during big snow storms and blizzards all the time. That's the only time any real could be made.

A company must learn from past mistakes. So probably no surge in a crisis zone.

That means no drivers then too.
 

Steve B..

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I'm on the other coast but we're having the same problems with gas over here. I filled up on Tuesday and haven't driven since then in case I need the gas for evacuation.
 

Veju

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I'm not driving at all unless it's 2x select. The gas in my tank is worth more then $.86/mile if I have to get my family to safety. I turned the driver app on this morning and all the pings coming in say "long distance". Yea, I'm not sitting on the highway for $.13/minute.

I'd expect uber to shut down service to south Florida around Saturday evening.
 
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steveK2016

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Storm surge? What kind of person are you? People will die, and all you think about is surge? How much do you need?
Capitalism can drive rescue efforts. While its nice when regular people will spend their own money to help rescue others, not everyone can afford to do that but if theres a means to regain monetary value to help, more people can and will help. I'd rather 10,000 people go down to help with the dream of getting some extra cash and everyone is rescued versus only 1000 people that were financial able to help does and people are left dying from lack of rescue support.

Law enforcement, national guard, coast guard, they don't suspend their pay to help with rescue efforts.

We should embrass capitalism even in a disaster. It can drive more rescue efforts.

Imagine if thousands of helicopter pilots were to be like "$300 per roof top rescue" and people were willing to pay? People would be getting saved immediately as pilots from across multiple states rent out helicopters to go save people. Or would you rather there only be 10 helicopter available and many people are overlooked? Id rather there be 200 helicopters available if it means ill be more likely to be rescued in a timely manner even if it means I have to pay $300 for it to happen.
 
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Merc7186

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Storm surge? What kind of person are you? People will die, and all you think about is surge? How much do you need?

...correction, Stupid People who are 'just gonna ride it out in the beach front home' Are gonna die.

Also, if you are expecting a hurricane to show up in two days...and you are hanging around for an Uber driver to pick you up, then you have bigger issues.
 

corniilius

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The good money is made after a hurricane. Many people will be without a vehicle for a while at that point. Get to safety and forget about the potential extra pennies you could earn.
 
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