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I assume you are referring to slow times. We generally pull over, and read, talk to friends, etc. It's a nice quiet time where we get to do what we want. It's quite a perk of this job.
I am a loner and I enjoy these times. Play iPhone games, read a book, catch up with friends over the phone, etc. Some of my friends write books, work on origamis, lift, etc.
This is a great question because some people are very creative. I have heard of people who park at a park or playground, and lie down on the grass, go to tracks to do laps...
Well, let's just look at where our hearts would lie.
As much as we all complained about Travis, from the drivers' perspective? We were more in sync with Travis than we ever will be with Dara. Come on. Completely unrelatable.
I sort of resent these guys that they "have" to drive Uber around. What about us who drive it regularly?!!
Why stop there? If you are stocking Narcan for opiods, why not stock with Cipro (antibiotics) and defibrators?
I don't even own a flare or...mints.
I wonder how many of these companies are now shut down.
Sounds familiar. The driver probably trying to collect no-show fees. On a busy night, it's sometimes lucrative because there are infinite number of pings.
Playing games is like a second job for rideshare drivers. I don't want to admit how much I play.
I appreciate the christmas gift ideas.
This is super interesting. I think it's great that you can pick your rides as I feel that is the perk of being a rideshare driver (and an independent contractor). Then again, this undermines what Uber has always been working on. On-demand rides in an instant.
I think there is a gap in expectations here. From drivers vs. from riders. Not sure where it should land.
It's about how Uber wants to position themselves and how they want to be known as in the market. Do they want to provide instant service? or simply connect two parties that both want to do participate.
Oh, gosh, I just made the mistake of googling "fake vomit". It's frickin' gross and they look darn real.
Oh, Oh, gosh. There are even video tutorials on how to mix your own vomit? What the hell... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_xtZQtpusw
I haven't tried it. It's tempting as it seems to be free to sign up. It's an excellent business model.
With that said, it's a pretty easy business model to copy. I am surprised not many copy-cats have appeared. (or have they?)
I mean, I can even go to Costco and buy all the stuff in the box and keep 100% of the profits instead of sharing it with Cargo and their 100 employees.
An Uber driver rating is an average of your last 500 trips. So eventually this 1-star rating will fall off. It seems like a lot, but if you are full-time, it will come quick.
I didn’t notice all the requirements! So it’s basically a way to control the drivers, like picking passengers when we don’t want to
I don’t answer texts either. I always call. However millennials love texts and will never let it go.
I get negative feedback that I called where the passengers preferred the text. FML
So they rate harsher in the hood. fascinating.
how about the tip?
20 minutes into a 90 minute ride? That's brutal. At least you get paid for it, but yeah, it does extend the shift.
I am starting to observe the same about riders making us wait longer and longer. I think it's part expectation and part because more people are using it. Before, it used to be the more aware and responsible people using this "new thing called Uber." Now it's just a commodity and lots of stupid commonfolks are using it.
Actually I heard somewhere that it's for higher clientele. Young to middle aged professionals who prefer quality stuff be delivered rather than going to individual stores. It sorta makes sense.
They order before social gatherings. It's like catering to these rich people.
Man, this is a scary one to answer.
...but I will go ahead and say it. We prefer to NOT take animals if we don't have to. It's the same fare, and they can stink up a dog. We are running a business, folks! On a rainy day, if a dog stinks up the car, then my livelihood is endangered, because the car will smell and the fabric damaged. The subsequent riders will ding me for sure on the ratings.
Look, I suppord people who need additional help, and I am not against service dog whatsoever. If I were a city employee, I will go out of my way to be empathetic and help those in need. However, I am not sure if I can afford to take on this public service that can directly hurt my take-home pay. We are indepdent contractor with our own cars; I should have the right to tell anyone to NOT be in my car. Again, this isn't public transportation.
If Uber wants to mandate it, then Uber should take on the additional cost or financial impact of providing this service. In other words, pay more to the drivers who accommodate service animals. (the city does)
I've had corporate travelers try to pull stuff like this in the past. I have never been asked for cash, but I have had people ask me to alter the trip to cover their tracks.
Once a guy told me to end a ride in one place (a hotel) but ask me to keep driving because he will pay me in cash for the rest of the trip. We ended up at a strip club, which made sense. Shady, but I did it.
Another time was the reverse, when he told me to drop him off at a different address than originally requested, but once I got to that new location (someone's house), he told me to NOT end the trip and to keep driving (with no passenger) to the original location. Shady again, but I did it because I knew I would be paid more. The place wasn't like a few minutes away. I think it was like 10 minutes.
I've heard from other drivers that there are occasionally glitches where on one screen it looks like you made money, but in another you didn't. It was some weird bug or some system lag that caused this. The driver just had to open a ticket and Uber would quickly fix it.
I was told that this was permanently fixed in the new app update earlier this year too. I've never seen negative, so I don't know if it's true.
The other possibility is the now defunct fuel card where you can purchase gasoline and the charge would be taken out of earnings. Depending on the timing, say, the charge hits right after Uber's payout, I know your balance can remain negative.
One another thing I can think of is renting vehicles from Uber. Like one of their ZipCar or Hertz's programs. i hear those can be taken out of your earnings, so depending on the timing, I am sure it can show up as negative.