Paranoid vs Stupid

Benjamin M

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I've had a string of people randomly jumping into my car lately. I asked one pax today if she was "Jane" and she said yes. She was getting her seat belt on and said "the app said it was a gold Lexus but oh well". Repeated her name, "nope! Sorry!"

OMFG, CHECK THE TAGS, PHOTO, AND VEHICLE DESCRIPTION!! How hard is it?!

Then you have the over paranoid type, check everything and then act like you are a serial killer until you say their name.

That SC case has been cited by a lot of pax, yet the past two weeks I've probably had six pax that either jumped into my car or someone else's. Just wow. ?
 

IR12

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I've had a string of people randomly jumping into my car lately. I asked one pax today if she was "Jane" and she said yes. She was getting her seat belt on and said "the app said it was a gold Lexus but oh well". Repeated her name, "nope! Sorry!"

OMFG, CHECK THE TAGS, PHOTO, AND VEHICLE DESCRIPTION!! How hard is it?!

Then you have the over paranoid type, check everything and then act like you are a serial killer until you say their name.

That SC case has been cited by a lot of pax, yet the past two weeks I've probably had six pax that either jumped into my car or someone else's. Just wow. ?
Last week a guy jumps in front of my pax, hops in & shut the door right?
Me: your name please sir.
Him: Dude I didn't order an Uber, I just wanted to know if you had an extra 10.00 I can "borrow."
Me: GTFOMMFC.
 

Benjamin M

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Last week a guy jumps in front of my pax, hops in & shut the door right?
Me: your name please sir.
Him: Dude I didn't order an Uber, I just wanted to know if you had an extra 10.00 I can "borrow."
Me: GTFOMMFC.
And that's why I have OC on my belt. Just wow.
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Did he give you a hard time?
 

Pax Collector

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Last week a guy jumps in front of my pax, hops in & shut the door right?
Me: your name please sir.
Him: Dude I didn't order an Uber, I just wanted to know if you had an extra 10.00 I can "borrow."
Me: GTFOMMFC.
Did that shit happen in the East Bay? :roflmao:
 

Benjamin M

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I've also noticed that the Lyft Amp seems to show a color unique to the pax, that also doesn't seem to help.
 

Benjamin M

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Oh, and something random from the evening. Guy in heels ? and a dress ? with a full beard.

Look, I'm a progressive guy. Whatever makes you happy in life, awesome. But I almost rear ended someone. ?

Yeah, this country boy is out of place in the big city..
 

Z129

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You can't ask them if they are Jane. You have to ask them to confirm the account name. If she doesn't say Jane then she isn't your pax. Asking them to confirm the account name is also formal sounding and helps to establish your authority.
 

Benjamin M

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You can't ask them if they are Jane. You have to ask them to confirm the account name. If she doesn't say Jane then she isn't your pax. Asking them to confirm the account name is also formal sounding and helps to establish your authority.
Great tip! I'll start doing that.
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However, that doesn't help the paranoid pax situation. But at least they seem to listen carefully.
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Or the frequent third party trip. Really, they need something better than a name. Lyft is on the right track with color coding but it's still up to the pax to follow it.
 
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Z129

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Great tip! I'll start doing that.
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However, that doesn't help the paranoid pax situation. But at least they seem to listen carefully.

You can tell them your name and have them confirm it in their app. You can ask them to check the picture of you in their app. And of course their app also shows our type of car and our license plate number. All we have is their "name" to initially determine if they are indeed the correct pax. Get their name to protect yourself, and share the rest of the information with them that they need to feel safe after that.

By the way, I haven't driven since before that girl got killed which started all of this fear from the female riders. My concern has always just been having the wrong drunk girl get in my car rather than the correct drunk girl.
 

Benjamin M

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You can tell them your name and have them confirm it in their app. You can ask them to check the picture of you in their app. And of course their app also shows our type of car and our license plate number. All we have is their "name" to initially determine if they are indeed the correct pax. Get their name to protect yourself, and share the rest of the information with them that they need to feel safe after that.
Point of the thread is that many pax don't check anything at all, they see the trade dress and hop in.

I can tell them my name and they can say "yes, Benjamin" when they're actually taking someone else's car. And I'm not about to start demanding to see their phone, hard enough to score a tip.

Profile photos are required on both platforms for drivers, same should be true of pax.
 

Z129

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Point of the thread is that many pax don't check anything at all, they see the trade dress and hop in.

I can tell them my name and they can say "yes, Benjamin" when they're actually taking someone else's car. And I'm not about to start demanding to see their phone, hard enough to score a tip.

Profile photos are required on both platforms for drivers, same should be true of pax.

Yep. We went from not getting into cars with strangers to calling strangers to pick us up when we're drunk. Sounds very Darwinian.
 

Nats121

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C'mon dude, you're not a rookie but you're making rookie mistakes.

First of all, your doors should always be locked when approaching a pickup.

Your window should be open just enough for the pax to confirm their name to you, NOT the other way around.

Only AFTER you know you have the correct pax should you unlock the doors.

This is especially important if you're doing pickups at bars or other crowded areas.
 

Christinebitg

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I've had a string of people randomly jumping into my car lately.
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Then you have the over paranoid type, check everything and then act like you are a serial killer until you say their name.
Have you been picking up in crowded places? Say, after a sports event? That's when I've seen that kind of behaviour.

There isn't anything you can do to calm the paranoid ones. Nothing. The insecurity lives within them. Every item of identification, everything that confirms your identity, is useless in that regard.
 

ZenUber

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I was sitting in a parking lot waiting for a ping. Suddenly the back door opens and a girl starts getting in. I said whoa, whoa, what are you doing? Who are you? She says, you're my Uber. I said no, I don't have any rides right now. She says sorry, and got back out. Pretty much the same scenario as the girl from USC. Except I didn't murder her.

Or did I?
 

RogueErik

Active Member
I was sitting in a parking lot waiting for a ping. Suddenly the back door opens and a girl starts getting in. I said whoa, whoa, what are you doing? Who are you? She says, you're my Uber. I said no, I don't have any rides right now. She says sorry, and got back out. Pretty much the same scenario as the girl from USC. Except I didn't murder her.

Or did I?
(Insert law and order. DUN DUN)
 

here2der

Active Member
What I've loved are the ones actually walking around to the back of the car, like they need to put something in the trunk, but they only check the tag. Yes, I spent $2k with the Hollywood movie makeup artist to look JUST LIKE the guy in your app photo and $5k on the exact year, make and model car that's just like the real drivers', but DAMMITJIM, I forgot the hat trick with the $200 fake license tag -- no violent murder for me today!
 
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