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Lyft doing bait and switch with pax

ZenUber

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It’s happened to me twice in the past two days. I accept a ride request, and start driving to the PU point. Suddenly, there’s an update, and I’ve got a new PU point at a different distance, and with a different name! The first time I thought it was a strange glitch. The second time I knew something was wrong. I took the rides because they were both closer than the original rides I accepted. However, I don’t have the benefit of being able to decline for low star ratings. Lately I have been drawing the line at low ratings, so I need this ability. I’ve decided that the next time it happens I’m going to cancel the ride on principal. Has anybody else run into this?

Have a similar problem with shared rides - I’m allowed to decline, but they are not giving me the rating. What am I supposed to base my decision on? When I accept a shared ride, I turn off future requests so these unknowns can’t be added.
 

Aerodrifting

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Lyft are run by bunch of @@@@s, Welcome to Lyft. They will bait you to accept with a 100% PT 45+ ping then switch you to a base ride 4.5 pax that no one wants to pick up. If you try to cancel, they are going to @@@@@ and moan "your account is at risk".

I stopped taking Lyft rides after first few months, enough shenanigans. Lyft pax are the worst garbage I have seen on the planet, Even their LUX pax are trash comparing to Uber select. And 90% their LUX black trash are fishing for Black SUV because they want to save $0.5 per head after splitting the fare 6 ways.

Don't take shared rides, you can not do last ride with shared, Lyft will keep on adding pax.
 
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JimKE

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Yes. That's called re-dispatch, and Lyft is notorious for it.

The theory is that if a driver comes online closer to your ride, they redispatch it to that driver -- better service for the rider, supposedly. They usually, but not always, then give you another ride. I have been re-dispatched from Lux to Shared...NOT!

There are so many problems with this practice in real life that I'm not going to even start to describe them. But I do have my way of dealing with re-dispatch:
  • If I get re-dispatched on a regular ride, I decline it and go offline with Lyft for the remainder of the shift.
  • If I get re-dispatched on a premium ride (Lux, XL, etc), I decline and go offline with Lyft for the remainder of that WEEK.
 

TomTheAnt

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Been a victim of that a couple of times. First one worked out fine, no issues. The second one, on the other hand, was a bit more interesting...

Got a ping 10 minutes ahead from a hotel in the direction I was heading to (home, a little before midnight on Friday using DF). Head on over there and once I'm about 0.1 miles away I go back to Lyft app to hit arrive just to notice that my pickup had changed to a bar 10 minutes back the other way where I was earlier. I use Waze for navigation and it never changed the destination so I have no idea when it was even changed. :mad:

Saw another ant come with their Amp glowing to pick my original pax. Canceled the new ride and went home.
 

ZenUber

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Yes, it makes me fighting mad when they do stuff like this. It’s whatever I can do to pay back the abuse.
 

Aerodrifting

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Yes, it makes me fighting mad when they do stuff like this. It’s whatever I can do to pay back the abuse.
Long haul whenever you have a chance, Reduce Lyft's commission from that outrageous 35-40% to 10% or negative.

Shuffle at events whenever you can, Accept ride > call passenger > immediately hang up when you hear first ring > wait 5 minute (not answering any calls from pax) > cancel > $5 profit. Let pax know Lyft is unreliable because drivers are paid underwhelmingly.

Shuffle when you see short rides. $5 is better than $2.62 (or whatever your city's minimal fare is). Arrive, check destination, if it's a min fare ride, hide and cancel.
 

Seamus

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This is a common practice. In theory it’s supposed to get you a ride that’s closer so it works for both you and the rider. In practice it sucks! Recently I lost a 45+ ride that got switched.
 

Jake Air

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The other sneaky thing they like to do is when you activate last ride and your button on the app moves to the driver mode off position, they have a way of secretly turning the app back on and assigning you rides. I thought I was seeing things, until other drivers confirmed the same thing happens to them. That's fine Lyft. I let each and every one of these sneaky ride requests time out. It's a great F-you feeling for people like me who don't take the bait.
 

TheDevilisaParttimer

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It’s happened to me twice in the past two days. I accept a ride request, and start driving to the PU point. Suddenly, there’s an update, and I’ve got a new PU point at a different distance, and with a different name! The first time I thought it was a strange glitch. The second time I knew something was wrong. I took the rides because they were both closer than the original rides I accepted. However, I don’t have the benefit of being able to decline for low star ratings. Lately I have been drawing the line at low ratings, so I need this ability. I’ve decided that the next time it happens I’m going to cancel the ride on principal. Has anybody else run into this?

Have a similar problem with shared rides - I’m allowed to decline, but they are not giving me the rating. What am I supposed to base my decision on? When I accept a shared ride, I turn off future requests so these unknowns can’t be added.
Lyft does this all the time. I haven’t cut on their app in about 2-3 months because of their unhand tactics plus subpar pay.
 

Atom guy

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Lyft does it all the time. It really sucks when you just got on the highway and then they flip you. It's also confusing for the passengers, who usually don't notice not heir app that a different drivers is being sent to them.
 

Mista T

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I have found that if I don't accept rides over 4 minutes away, the occurrence rate is very minimal.

They have trained me well ... not to accept any of their requests more than a mile away!
 

LyftUberFuwabolewa

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I had them call me and I complained. I told them that it's a huge distraction while you're driving to have the passenger changed. One time I had them change my rider twice. So I was heading towards rider one , and then they assigned me Rider Number Two, And as I was navigating to Rider 2 they changed and gave me Rider number three. I was going around and around. I also told them that if they're going to change you to a closer passenger they have to give you the new passenger with enough forewarning to be able to make the turn. One day they assigned me a closer passenger that was only a tenth of a mile away. Great except by the time they gave it to me I missed the turn off and that made the rider we almost three miles away.

I told them one day they're going to cause an accident with these shenanigans.
 

Rosalita

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Lyft are run by bunch of @@@@s, Welcome to Lyft. They will bait you to accept with a 100% PT 45+ ping then switch you to a base ride 4.5 pax that no one wants to pick up. If you try to cancel, they are going to @@@@@ and moan "your account is at risk".

I stopped taking Lyft rides after first few months, enough shenanigans. Lyft pax are the worst garbage I have seen on the planet, Even their LUX pax are trash comparing to Uber select. And 90% their LUX black trash are fishing for Black SUV because they want to save $0.5 per head after splitting the fare 6 ways.

Don't take shared rides, you can not do last ride with shared, Lyft will keep on adding pax.

Cancel and let them moan. Remember according to Lyft, they're just providing a platform for drivers. Remember? It's up to us as drivers to accept or reject a ride. They're just providing a platform. lol
 

Aerodrifting

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Cancel and let them moan. Remember according to Lyft, they're just providing a platform for drivers. Remember? It's up to us as drivers to accept or reject a ride. They're just providing a platform. lol
Except they put you in those new 30 min time outs now. Often I accept both Lyft LUX and Select, then I cancel LUX because select is going further, and I get 30 min time outs on Lyft (which is usually fine because by the time you done Uber ride 30 mins has passed).
 

OtherUbersdo

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This is a common practice. In theory it’s supposed to get you a ride that’s closer so it works for both you and the rider. In practice it sucks! Recently I lost a 45+ ride that got switched.
Both Uber and Lyft got me on this . Both long trips , the lyft turned into a ten minute ride into the ghetto and the Uber turned into a no child seat cancellation . Now they are insta- cancels .
 
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