It's one thing to hear all the horror stories from riders, but it really hits home when you take a ride for yourself and meet some of your "less professional" peers. It is not surprising to us given the rates and current model, but that doesn't make the whole thing any less embarrassing. I suppose this was always the way it was going to shake out. You take on an actual, legitimate profession and replace the workers with hordes of untrained and ill-equipped "weekend warrior" types who operate outside the established industry regulations. Then you see with how little you can get away with paying them, ask them to use their own cars and you take on as little responsibility as possible for putting so many unqualified drivers on the road. The entire model is a pathetic example of arrogance, dreams of grandeur and good, old-fashioned human greed really. A smart idea, horribly perverted and corrupted in its execution by money and vanity; an all too common tale.