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From LGA to Manhattan, I had more time than money, so I selected the shared ride on Lyft. The other rider was 8-1/2 months pregnant. I half-joked to her that I know nothing about delivering babies, just in case something happened. As we wound our way through Astoria, my fellow rider (who also had her own little rider) seemed very uncomfortable. Suddenly, on an obscure street corner, she told the driver, "I need to get out!" rather than complete her ride to Manhattan. The driver pulled over and the mommy-to-be laboriously climbed out of the car. We left her there to do...who-knows-what. My only regret is that I did not mention my name. If it was a boy, maybe she would name him after me ; ]
...thoughtful, helpful and sensitive person that I am.
Fair enough. I do sympathize with anyone who has to scramble in the face of competition. It is, as you say, the reality.
It comes down to the tension between the beauty of the ride-share model and the variability that makes it not work well at all times for all drivers.
I have no problem with this until prison guard Bertha insists I be handcuffed during the ride.
I'm wondering what percent of Uber/Lyft drivers do it to "fill-in" during down times in their income? Depending on how you define it, I imagine more than half of drivers might meet that definition. So I have no trouble with federal employees keeping up cash-flow by driving. That is the nature of ride-share.