Never ask a hospital pick up how their day/night was

Gwoae

Active Member
whoa!
On that ride I would probably hold back on the story about my sick son to try to get a tip.

lmao yeah that would be a good idea. I almost ended the trip and gave it to her for free but then decided not too. Probably should have long hauled her, jk.
Today was a weird day. I did 11 rides and 4 of them were unique enough that I have stories to share. Too bad no one other that my wife knows I do this so I can't share them with anyone.
 

NHDriver

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Picked up a 30ish lady from the hospital this morning at 4am. I asked how her morning was. The response I got... "Not good, my daughter was killed in a car accident last night." then uncontrollable crying. That was a long 14 minute ride.
I picked up an asian woman early in the morning about 5 or 6 weeks ago. I figured she was starting her day and off to work. She lives in a very up scale country club community. I asked her, "off to work". She replied no the ambulance just came an took her husband who died in his sleep last nite. She was trying hard not to break down, probably still in shock. All I said was, OMG, I am so so sorry. Let me get you where going safely. I didn't say a word after that. She was kind enough to tip the ride as well. Probably the only ride so far where I was speechless.
 

Cableguynoe

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I had a strange one 2 weeks ago.
Arrive at some country club and I see a fire truck at the entrance. The firefighters start waving me down. One comes up to my window and tells me he requested the ride, but I'm taking a young lady to the ER.
I said OK, but I was totally confused. Why the heck would firefighters call an Uber to send someone to the ER??? I was thinking maybe she refused an ambulance because of the cost.

So other firefighters bring out this good looking young lady and put her in my backseat. She was crying. I didn't know what to say for a few minutes, but finally asked her if everything was ok. She said her "friend" had a stroke. Her friend was 80 years old. Ambulance drivers refused to let her ride with him since they weren't related.

The story was she's from the UK. He brought her here to they could hang out(high end traveling escort is my guess).
But she was crying and freaking out, not because he had a stroke. She didn't know where she was. She didn't even know where he lived.
All her stuff, purse, money and even phone were at his place. And even then, she didn't have the money to fly back.
So if he dies, she was basically going to be roaming the streets.

I felt bad for her, to be stranded like that. She was very nice and thanked me for the ride. Wish I had a way to find out if that guy made it and what happened to her.

Too bad no one other that my wife knows I do this so I can't share them with anyone.

I feel the same way. Can't share my stories!
 

NHDriver

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I had a strange one 2 weeks ago.
Arrive at some country club and I see a fire truck at the entrance. The firefighters start waving me down. One comes up to my window and tells me he requested the ride, but I'm taking a young lady to the ER.
I said OK, but I was totally confused. Why the heck would firefighters call an Uber to send someone to the ER??? I was thinking maybe she refused an ambulance because of the cost.

So other firefighters bring out this good looking young lady and put her in my backseat. She was crying. I didn't know what to say for a few minutes, but finally asked her if everything was ok. She said her "friend" had a stroke. Her friend was 80 years old. Ambulance drivers refused to let her ride with him since they weren't related.

The story was she's from the UK. He brought her here to they could hang out(high end traveling escort is my guess).
But she was crying and freaking out, not because he had a stroke. She didn't know where she was. She didn't even know where he lived.
All her stuff, purse, money and even phone were at his place. And even then, she didn't have the money to fly back.
So if he dies, she was basically going to be roaming the streets.

I felt bad for her, to be stranded like that. She was very nice and thanked me for the ride. Wish I had a way to find out if that guy made it and what happened to her.



I feel the same way. Can't share my stories!
Wow that's crazy! Human trafficing by accident lol. Ya one thing this forum is good for is sharing and venting. Only drivers can fully understand. I very rarely share what I go through driving with my wife. Maybe show her some footage of a crazy ride once in a while but only something she can laugh at. We have some really good support here and the senior drivers, although we all complain about driving, are really good with advice when they need to be serious and new drivers need help.
 

Gwoae

Active Member
Wow that's crazy! Human trafficing by accident lol. Ya one thing this forum is good for is sharing and venting. Only drivers can fully understand. I very rarely share what I go through driving with my wife. Maybe show her some footage of a crazy ride once in a while but only something she can laugh at. We have some really good support here and the senior drivers, although we all complain about driving, are really good with advice when they need to be serious and new drivers need help.

Yeah some of the bad ones I can't even tell my wife since if she knew then she would want me to stop. Today I took a NFL family to the airport and got a very nice tip. I told her that story. In another thread I started that I think I was involved in a drug deal, no way is she going to hear that one.
 

Trafficat

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Personally I ask and if they tell me "not good" that then that's fine with me. I hate how as a society we have to be so fake and say "Fine" all the time. Most of us are not "fine".

I recently got a story about a woman in an abusive relationship with her husband. It was a 45 minute trip. It really makes me upset that men can treat their wife like that. I hope she felt better by being able to share with me, and while the story was terrible it made the ride less annoying than if it was filled with fake non-sense for discussion or small talk.
 

NHDriver

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Yeah some of the bad ones I can't even tell my wife since if she knew then she would want me to stop. Today I took a NFL family to the airport and got a very nice tip. I told her that story. In another thread I started that I think I was involved in a drug deal, no way is she going to hear that one.
I can relate to the drug mules. I have gotten a ping from downtown near where I live, not the best place to drive. A couple comes out. Books a roundtrip over the border into Mass to an ever worse place to be even during the day. I take the trip it's 6:30pm and still daylight. 30 miles each way plus wait time. I say "wow not the best place to be heading". he says, ya i am going to buy a cell phone. I say "you can't find a place any closer?" he says no, it's a buddy of mine. I say alright. Drop him off, tells his gf to stay in the car, don't get out. Takes about 5 minutes, gets in back in my car with a backpack. I say "That's a big ass phone my friend." He doesn't reply. Take him back, tips me $20 cash and ride $62. Not something you tell the wife :smiles:
 

Cableguynoe

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Personally I ask and if they tell me "not good" that then that's fine with me. I hate how as a society we have to be so fake and say "Fine" all the time. Most of us are not "fine".
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The problem with this is that if people start telling the truth, everyone will stop asking "how are you doing?".
 

ShinyAndChrome

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lmao yeah that would be a good idea. I almost ended the trip and gave it to her for free but then decided not too. Probably should have long hauled her, jk.
Today was a weird day. I did 11 rides and 4 of them were unique enough that I have stories to share. Too bad no one other that my wife knows I do this so I can't share them with anyone.
I have never given a free ride but I would probably contact uber and ask them to reverse her payment. I would feel that with our paths crossing it would be a token gesture and worth it.
 

wk1102

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I felt bad for her, to be stranded like that. She was very nice and thanked me for the ride. Wish I had a way to find out if that guy made it and what happened to her.

Yeah, its weird isn't it? There are a handful of rider that stick with me and I wonder how their situation turned out.


20 yo kid I took 140 or so miles at midnight. Running from her pimp/boyfriend. She ran away from home at 15 been on drugs since, was going to a friend of her family until she could get into a rehab in Ohio or wherever she's from. A few minutes before I got her was the 1st time she talked to her parents (dad paid fot the ride) since shortly after she ran away. Man... that one hit me hard. My daughter was 20 then. I've forgotten her name now but I remember just about every detail from thats 21/2 ride.

Picked up a 30ish lady from the hospital this morning at 4am. I asked how her morning was. The response I got... "Not good, my daughter was killed in a car accident last night." then uncontrollable crying. That was a long 14 minute ride.

Oh geez... horrible. I picked up a woman at the airport. Sobbing crying as she got in. Her mom had passed, she just came back from the service. She was holding the urn in her lap. Balling I could hardly understand anything she said except."why,why, why... " 25ish mile ride.

A few nights later I pick up a 4-pack. 2 couples. They told me dad's remains are in the cooler. They were going 70 miles. I thought to myself, oh good god not again. So I figured I'd test the water before I started the trip.

Turns out they were the opposite. Dad passed over a year prior. He lived down here, S. Fl they live up north somewhere.

They wanted to spread his ashes in the Ocean and didn't have a chance when he passed. They were here for a habit for humanities protect, dad was on the board or something and he started the project.

What are the odds, two riders with cremains in a few days apart. They were cool as hell, dad was a millionaire, house on the water in palm beach. They gave me a tour and even offered to let me use it for a weekend getaway with my wife. I think i still have their # it's been about a year, i should call.

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Mars Troll Number 4

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Picked up a 30ish lady from the hospital this morning at 4am. I asked how her morning was. The response I got... "Not good, my daughter was killed in a car accident last night." then uncontrollable crying. That was a long 14 minute ride.

I made that mistake once...

Umm... your best bet is to treat EVERY hospital pickup like someone just died until you find out otherwise.

A hospital pickup can be everything between just getting off work to, my daughter just gave birth to a healthy baby girl, to my ENTIRE FAMILY DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT!"

You really need to just be somber and respectful until you find out otherwise.
 

miggon123

Member
Same thing happened to me about 2 weeks ago. Never again am I asking. Pick up to girls. Say "Hello how are you? "
They answer not so good her father just passed away.
Followed by awkward silence and then me saying my condolences.
 

Plato

Active Member
Picked up a 30ish lady from the hospital this morning at 4am. I asked how her morning was. The response I got... "Not good, my daughter was killed in a car accident last night." then uncontrollable crying. That was a long 14 minute ride.

Gee thanks for the tip.:rolleyes:
 

Ezridax

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That would be worth it in itself! I hate it when people ask that and they don't want to hear about it.
Exactly. If you don’t want to hear, don’t ask. This is why my answer to questions like how I’m doing are “I’m alive.” Positive enough for the people just asking for social reasons and negative enough that I can be honest for myself
 
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