Frank Pressly (fpressly)

Ride Apprentice from Greenville, SC

Video te ego audiam vos ego sentio tibi. - Cat herder - Uber/Lyft 3000 rides
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I have been a ride share driver for almost three years. While I like the ride share concept, I truly hate it's implementation and the way Uber and Lyft have so little regard for their work force. I am for the little guy. I seek to right injustice and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. It's usually the ones you find hardest to love that need it the most. Please enjoy my opinion and if you like (or even if you just welcome the effort), an upvote is a digital pat on the back and is most appreciated. I invite you to read my other comments and upvote them as well. Thanks

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     2 months ago in  Why do all my Uber drivers drive so slow?

    I think the question should be,  "why does everyone else go so fast?" For the most part you will find Uber drivers trying to stay around the speed limit. This is for a very good reason that which has nothing to do with what most of these other answers suggest.

    Each day, late in the afternoon Uber sends each driver a report. It is breakdown of every stop and start the driver made that day while on platform. Acceleration, deceleration and speed are all monitored by GPS by Uber. If your usage report is shabby you are warned and then fired from the platform.

    So next time your Uber driver is going the speed limit but everyone else is flying by just remember, the driver does not have the freedom to waive GPS observations.


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     2 months ago in  I'd like to know who you think it's at fault please.

    I am afraid it is your fault. Two factors come into play. When you are approaching the rear of a vehicle in front of you, you have the ultimate responsibility of not striking that vehicle (unless the other vehicle was doing something illegal and it couldn't be avoided). Now it sounds like this was on private property. Rules of the public roads may not apply. The second factor is when the collision occurred who was moving. If the other vehicle  is stationary and you are moving, YOU are at fault.(no matter where the doors are or any thing else - if that's how the doors had to be for him to take care of his business then that is what you came up on). In any accident, the vehicle/s that are moving cause the accident and are at fault.


  • I have to report my findings on TRYP. TRYP is a scam. It is a thinly veiled M(ulti)L(evel)M(arketing) and as is the case with all MLMs, no one except the organizers will make any money. TRYP promises the moon. Most importantly to driver, 100% of fares. No app, no riders, no company. Sure, I'm gonna hand over $200 a month to a ghost on a promise. NOT!

    This guy "DispatchedDriver" is an Influencer. In this MLM scam they have the "Independent Driver" (an actual driver) and "Influencers" (people who have nothing to do with Ride Share - but want to get in on this scam by influencing people to participate).

    Steer clear of this one friends. If it looks like a skunk, walks like a skunk and smells like a skunk...wait for it...it probably IS a skunk!! I know this scam stinks!


  • Administering Narcan to someone who does not need it results in ...wait for it...nothing. The side effects of naloxone (Narcan) are flushing, dizziness, tiredness,weakness, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, body aches. All things one could live with when the alternative is overdose and death.


  • Please message me. I am on Facebook. Thanks


  • Wow, so there is no forgiveness...ever? That seems a little harsh to me.


  • Do you think that is fair to insist on "no criminal background".  What if someone has something on their record 30-40 years old? They should be ostracized forever? Most non-governmental job applications limit the scope of their background questions to "have you been convicted of a felony in the past ten years". Security background checks ask for a lifetime disclosure; but, that does not necessarily disqualify you from that position. They just would like to know everything about you to preclude any possibility of someone blackmailing you with that information. If there is no path to forgiveness then criminals have no reason to rehabilitate themselves. I just think at some point we as a society have to let it go.


  • JustSchmidt has to admit??? Sir, you are a poet and don't know it...but your feet show it (they're Longfellows)!! LOL


  • I drive in Greenville, SC and yes, I would absolutely carry Narcan if someone provided it for me to carry. However, I don't have $135 to spend on the product if I had to buy it. The Good Samaritan laws cover acts of people trying to help others in emergency situations and as a nasal spray it's not like you can mess it up. People who say they are risk averse and are worried about being sued have no backbone. Anytime I can help another human being, particularly in a life and death situation I am going to step up. It's just in my nature. I don’t think of it as a “driver” issue so much as a responsible citizen issue.


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     4 months ago in  What would you do?

    Dialup Nickleback, hand her the bluetooth headset and tell her to enjoy.


  • So, what does smart look like?


  • It is rare and usually it comes from some kind of beef between the driver and rider. If someone was drunk and treated the driver badly the driver feels motivated/justified in "squeezing the lemon" and claim vomit or peeing in seat damages. I think it is retaliatory in most cases. You do have a few conniving drivers out to beat the system though.


  • Paypal takes and processes any credit/debit card. Also Paypal issues a debit Mastercard for account holders. If my Paypal Mastercard is the registered method of payment with Uber there you go. Paying with Paypal.


  • I don't know about meds. I imagine they can get stale and lose their potency over time. Since it is something you are ingesting into your body I would think it prudent to find out for sure. An ink cartridge either works or it doesn't. No physical harm either way.


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     5 months ago in  What do you do with your time while you wait for the ping?

    Surprisingly people don’t carry what they need for a tire change. A tire to begin with, one that’s not flat. A jack (with the necessary components to make it all work) and a four way tire iron. It never hurts to know where to mount the jack. Parents should take their kids on a dry run and let them practice so when they encounter this on the road they won’t be helpless.


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     5 months ago in  What is the meaning of ‘out for delivery'?

    Delivery services are bound by a lot of rules. Sometimes addressing anomalies and acceptance requirements not being met necessitate the return of the item to the hub for reprocessing. It will usually come corrected the next day or at least an explanation.


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     5 months ago in  What is the meaning of ‘out for delivery'?

    It could be that as well. In fact it could apply to any delivery situation where the driver is on his “last mile” of delivery.


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     5 months ago in  What do you do with your time while you wait for the ping?

    A driver is notified of a riders request for a ride with a very distinctive sound from the app. It is referred to as “the ping”.


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     5 months ago in  What do you do with your time while you wait for the ping?

    I really enjoy the lost art of reading as well. I like you, didn't have the opportunity to sit and read for many decades. Now I find turning the pages of a book to be somewhat therapeutic. Turning pages is progress by any measure. I have a relationship with a used book store where I trade in read books and get new. Technical and business, computer/cellphone screens are fine. A good novel, give me the real deal.


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     5 months ago in  Can I use Uber or Lyft using my iPad or other tablets?

    Apple has announced the hardware support list for iOS 10, the next version of its smartphone and tablet OS that will be released in beta form soon and in final form later this year. After a surprising stay of execution last year, it looks like Apple is set to stop providing updates for a fair handful of older devices: the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the original iPad Mini, the 3rd-generation iPad, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

    Here's the full list of supported hardware:

    • iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE.
    • iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.
    • Both iPad Pros.
    • iPad Mini 2 and newer.
    • Sixth-generation iPod Touch.


    All the dropped devices have something in common: some version of the Apple A5 SoC. The A5 has been actively supported for longer than any of Apple's other chips to date; it was originally included in the iPad 2 in March of 2011, the last hardware launched by Steve Jobs before he passed away in October of that year. It later made its way into the iPhone 4S, and it was added to the fifth-generation iPod Touch and the iPad Mini in 2012. The first Retina iPad used a faster A5X variant, and the the third-generation Apple TV used a version with a single CPU core (Apple dropped support for that Apple TV box last year).

    Recent iOS updates have made the A5 feel its age and there was a substantial number of features in iOS 7, 8, and 9 that these gadgets couldn't handle, but that's an unheard of level of support in the fast-moving mobile industry no matter what platform you're talking about.

    The Apple A6 family in the iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4 are the last supported 32-bit SoCs in the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. Presumably iOS 11 will be the first to be all-64-bit across all hardware and devices.


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Featured Answers by fpressly

  • I disagree with the majority here. In my opinion, WHO is able to use the ride share platform is ultimately up to the ride share company. How well they vette their drivers is ultimately up to them and they therefore are responsible/liable for selecting poor/incompetent drivers. How qualified/skillful someone is as a driver, their mental state, whether they have the correct insurance and whether vehicle is safe are a myriad of factors that a ride share driver should be denied access to the platform for. Any good lawyer could make hay with just one of those arguments. The fact that someone is not an employee, is just one facet of this gem. In an accident involving a ride share situation, the fact that the driver is a driver, the rider is a rider, the vehicle is in use for this purpose and the fact that all these factors come into play at one time are all things entirely controlled and made to come about by the ride share company. We could not be in this situation, at this moment in time, without the ride share company's ultimate control and participation. The ride share driver may not technically be an employee and the ride share not an employer; but, they are undeniably in a partnership in this enterprise.

    In legal situations partners are liable. Especially if they are in the drivers seat of the partnership. Of course all of this only matters if the ride share driver is found to be the at fault driver. Otherwise both driver and rider would look to the other drivers insurance to make them whole. If the ride share driver is at fault, he could well argue he was distracted by the rider. This is where a dashcam is invaluable.