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There used to be a company called Cargo that did something similar. They'd be responsible for stocking your cars with candy bars, and we get paid a small fee for everything we sold. For my buddies who tried it, I heard it was kind of a crapshoot. They got paid, but it was so loosely managed that no one kept track of inventory and everyone did whatever they wanted to. Basically, the company send them boxes of candies and some money were transacted. I know drivers who were consistently getting free food and eating it all. (insert joke here about drug dealers not touching their own products.)
I have no idea if they exist anymore.
I've read exact opposite stories of drivers attacking riders for being asked to wear a mask.
Not to fan the conspiracy theory, are drivers entitled to additional benefits at their second year anniversary? Do they get extra pay, benefits, rights, etc.? I saw you were almost at your two year mark. Maybe something to do with employee vs. contractor thing?
About to get busy but somehow I don't think I will get rich.
I will work harder but you know the companies will pay the same. The amount enough to survive. The amount that'll barely keep my interest in driving.
So, here's the truth. Most drivers do track how much money they make and divide that by the hours worked. It's a scary math but we do it.
So to answer your question, yes, I have had many bad pay days. Over the slow summer months (kids out of college), I have made $50 after driving for almost 10 hours. Yep, that's guessed it. That's $5.00/hour, way less than minimum wage.
and that doesn't even include the gas.
Lack of education. We have to admit that this is a new business model and something completely new to these consumers. They simply don't realize or have learned or know that this is the norm (or supposed to be the norm).
We all grew up and learned from our parents (or whomever) that you tip 15~20% to the waiters and waitresses. No one taught us to tip Uber drivers. Perhaps taxi drivers to round up to the next 10 or a 5 or something. but again, not Uber drivers.
I mean, what do you think the percentage should be? You may have a figure but how did you come up with that? If your claim is that no one is tipping how can you claim that what you say is the new norm?
I am a driver and want to get paid more and be tipped more. However, my expectation is a bit different. I think I need to be paid more by the rideshare companies and try not to blame the riders. If there are no bad intentions by the riders, this really cannot be their fault.
I was trying to come up with a counter argument, but I think you are right. It's in their best interest to speed.
With that said, I've been driving for many years, and, I hope I speak for the most of us, we usually mellow out after a while. I mean, we drive every day for hours on end. Every driver eventually figures out to slow down and not stress about weaving, or risking lives, or being pulled over.
"We get there when we get there" attitude.
I love it how Uber's lawyer was like... "Umm...it's been six month and now you are coming up with this?"
To the parents. We understand you are distraught but please stop trying to ruin other people's lives too.
I remember how there were no rules and policies about a lot of things and Uber/Lyft tried to keep it that way, essentially trying to push down the liability on the drivers themselves.
There were no rules or guidelines on:
- Gun possessions
- Car seats for babies
- How long the drivers had to wait for pick up.
- Selling stuff in your car. Advertising in side the car.
- Bringing friends, family, and friends with you while driving
- You could drive wherever you wanted. Some people would drive cross country - go wherever the wind takes them - just by working for Lyft
Those were good times.
I looove gamification. As much as I know I am being physiologically manipulated, I still love them.
I think it's fun and it's less artificial than Quests and Promotions.
You should read this article
Some Uber drivers drive up to 8 hours away to pick up fares
That actually looks pretty comfy. A little bit of incline, felted surface, "dark cove" you can get away to.
What kind of rideshare drivers do security transfers?
Also, why do I need a partition for children? LOL
SilviaSilvia gave me an idea. Dude, if you see a girl needs a safe transportation, just cancel the ride and turn off the Uber app.
Just drive her as a Samaritan (e.g. just a normal person), and you are all set. You are allowed to drive a person with his or her consent. and maybe seek for payment in cash at the destination or something. I feel like there is a way around this.
Your drivers were correct. I think many drivers have turned on Dara pretty quickly for a few reasons. Dara has emphasized on customer service as part of improving the image of the company. This sounds noble but he did this with the sacrifice of the drivers.
Our pay has gone down and surges are no longer as reliable. It is as difficult as ever o know how much we are making or about to make. So many games and "incentives" and all of that.
I miss the days where I basically knew by the miles driven how much I was able to make.
7 out 8 is phenomenal. That's a pre-Christmas level. Averaging a proud 50% in 2018.
"I will tip you from the app. 5 stars." This is usually a red flag that you won't tip. It's basically asking that we rate you 5-stars, and it ticks the drivers off.
Right, but the barf bag is for your car protection not to raise ratings or make more money.
I grabbed a couple from a flight once. Keep it in the car.
BTW, it's surprising to me that this is what we drivers need to worry about and deal with. Do people in the real world, say driving in their own cars or whatever, really puke this often?
If I coul afford a brand new car, I wouldn't be driving an Uber. LOL. A new car payment will exceed Uber payout if you are not careful. or perhaps in most cases. Someone do the math.
After more than a thousand rides, I am now convinced that Uber is meant and designed for people who already own a car and taking on this job as a side gig. Purely for making a little extra cash and car payment is considered as a sunk cost.
I have reduced the amount I drive as a result. I still drive but I won't consier this as fulltime or a long-term career. (yes, I do have another job that takes up 30+ hours of my time as week)