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The Lyft app quoted me $160 to get home from downtown where it usually takes $45. I know it was busy it being Saturday night and all, but this is mockery. Uber was basically the same. Ended up taking a regular taxicab home for $60.
Yeah, scheduled rides won't work if you are trying to leave a note for the drivers. You have to send those notes at the time of the ride/pickup.
May I suggest maybe calling a local taxi company? Having a local dispatcher and a taxi driver may end up being more reliable. I've had friends who do this exactly. They just make it a routine recurring ride for them every week. The driver ends up knowing the rider and in a few cases I know, they always helped them on and off the car. Maybe set this up and use Uber as a back up?
Have you been following the fiasco in California lately? After all the legal discussions, Uber decided to grant drivers with a lot of flexibility, like being able to see the destination, an ability to specify their own prices, no more upfront pricing, etc. Guess what happened?
Many ride requests were simply not being accepted by ANY driver, more than 70% of the rides were being cancelled. The drivers were cherry picking and kept saying NO until they got what they wanted. (Whether it was the price or destination, if they didn't like it, they'd cancel.)
I used to be a consultant who travelled to different cities every week. I did this exactly. I'd have a driver or two that I trust in each city, and keep their cell #s in my phone. I just text them, and everyone's happy and no middleman
Drivers appreciate those airport rides, and they made sure they were there if I told them of my schedule. (or in some cases they can't pick me up, they'd be honest with me and I'd just call an alternate.)
You know...human interactions and trust. It's a thing.
You better be really desperate and hungry to be ordering a food from another state. Or that food is that amazing.
I guess some people do live on borders.
I now have a mixed feeling. I just realized that you guys are talking about cheaper prices for us.
I think many people are starting to feel this way and becoming scared of their drivers. I feel like we reached an inflection point recently. Many of us now feel taxis were safer as those were real drivers who committed to driving,l. Uber drivers are literally random people who could be driving for the first time and have no plans to drive again.
The taxi industry warned us of this year’s ago, and we ignored it all. Now we are at a point we cannot go back.
How would you know if a driver is bad without taking a ride with him (or her) first? I think if Uber app allowed that, there’d be racists and bigots all over the place blocking everyone he doesn’t like.
Or a sexual predators blocking ever male driver. You don’t want riders having too much control...
So you have a different threshold at night. Why is that? I assume safety is involved but it’s not like being attacked is good at any time of the day.
Or is there something different. Say low rating during the day is different from low rating during the night?
How do they know it’s a charger person who’s picking them up and not some thief just loading them to steal?
I heard there are anti-theft mechanisms like wheels locking and GPS, but do chargers have special tools or privilege?
I have heard of this "concerted effort" by the drivers. I am not a driver but have read driver communities talk about this where they say this is their way to stand up to Uber. It's their form of protest of Uber itself and also its "unfair" rating system.