Monica Castleberry (momof4)

Ride Apprentice from Philadelphia PA

Mom & Nursing Student by day Ride Share Driver by night always on the go
6502 Rider Driver


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     1 week ago in  Do drivers have hidden interior vehicle cameras?

    I worked Home Health for a year. Some homes had cameras some didnt. The families by law had to tell me if they had them. I liked the idea because older people can fall, lose things, forget things, and tell stories that may not be true or accurate. I will say for the first few weeks it was awkward. I hate my pic being taken so much so that my kids always say "when you die we will not be able to make up those poster boards you put up in the funeral home with pics of you".  Lol  It's not about doing anything wrong but it was just knowing that someone could be watching your every move. I worked 11pm - 7am. Even though it was expected, some nights I would be sitting there reading a book or watching tv.  If patient was sleeping not much else to do. I would feel guilty because I was getting paid to sit and do nothing for 1 of my patients that slept all night. Obviously she still needed someone there as she was bed ridden. Had there been a fire emergency, or needed something I was there. Still was awkward. Had another patient who was up most of the night definately didnt sit and do nothing most nights. On the nights he would sleep for an hour or 2 I would dust, mop the floor, clean something, and do wash. Once I was there for a few weeks it became more comfortable and never gave cameras another thought. 

     I can totally understand riders being uncomfortable in fear they will end up on you tube:) Although drivers are not allowed to post them on social media anymore. I do notice riders still posting vids of Uber drivers though. 

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     1 week ago in  Taraji P. Henson Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver

    I wonder if she got tips?

  • Uber XL and Lyft XL can fit 7. It's a few dollars more than a car (Uber X) but still reasonable. I suggest once driver accepts your request call or text them just to make sure their vehicle has room for 7 with 7 seatbelts. Most should but not all. If driver has Honda Pilot it will fit 7. You may want to mention to driver that you have a 4 yr old but no safety seat (i assume you are not carrying around a seat in Disney). Some drivers will take without car seat some wont. It's against the law and can be dangerous.  By telling driver ahead of time it will save you both time and aggravation. He can say yes its fine or no I prefer not to. You can then request another car. Time saved and no cancel fee. The other option although definately more costly is Uber Black SUV with car seat. It will be 10.00 extra and the ride itself is on the expensive side.  Use fare comparison calculator that Lilly suggested on this site.

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     2 weeks ago in  Taraji P. Henson Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver

    Right there with you on that one. Guess I'll have to look her up. 

  • When I first signed up for Uber I never finished the process. They constantly sent me texts and emails. Apparently they did this to many others causing someone to start a class action lawsuit. I received a notice one day with a code that automatically named me in suit.  I did have an option to opt out. I just ignored it didnt think nothing of it. Less than 6 mths later I received a check in the mail for $125.00.  Check out link below. Uber constantly sends texts, emails, and notices while we drive. Makes no sense. 

    For 2 weeks while this went on I was never asked for a selfie or to verify when just going on my app. It was only when I was driving on the road. Should've been asked when I would first log on. My profile pic was "ok" for 7 months then all of a sudden they said it was no good. Nothing I sent worked. I would take the pic they would allow me on the app and then while driving i was asked to send another profile pic or selfie. This happened on trips with riders in car. I wouldnt be able to see GPS or route to riders destination until I pulled over and resent another one. It was annoying, embarrassing, unprofessional, and dangerous. Apparently people start class action suits over every little thing. Some definately should be sued but others its just crazy why people sue. Some suits you need proof others you do. Through the Uber class action lawsuit I was directed to this site. If you get a chance check it out. It's interesting. Newsletter&utm_content=12919 Newsletter+Version+B+CID_9c49cff082490487fadc1ac6bcb6306e&utm_source=Campaign Monitor&utm_term=VIEW ALL OPEN SUITS

  • Yes. I guess there have  been instances that people sign up and let other people use their account or they are trying to prevent that. 

  • Agreed. Maybe it would give them some good press for once. 

  • Dont mind them doing it. Understand that some drivers may use other drivers accounts, have someone sign up and let someone else use their account. As Wes said do it when you start out or when you are sitting waiting for trips. Cant wait to see cops face when he asks why you were swerving. You respond "I was sending a selfie to Uber":) Not that I do it while driving. I do pull over.

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     2 weeks ago in  Why you should be a TUBER Driver!

    Dont forget that aux cord:) 

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     2 weeks ago in  Why you should be a TUBER Driver!

    That was my response also:)  I think that one would be even funnier.

  • They have been doing to me every 3/4 months with the exception of that time i mentioned with old profile pic. In the beginning it was monthly then it slowed down but they would only do it when i first started my shift. Now when they do it it will be after a few trips when i am flying down 95. So annoying:)

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     2 weeks ago in  How many riders and passengers can be on a UberPool?

    There should be a number of grocery bags a pool rider can bring. Twenty two bags that fills the 3rd row of SUV, trunk, front seat, and a seat in 2nd row should definately be able to Uprade to an X or XL. 

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     2 weeks ago in  Why you should be a TUBER Driver!

    Love to see a video on "what kind of passenger are you"? The non tipper (even though you picked them up out of the street when they were too drunk too walk, asked you to stop in drive thru with 15 cars ahead of you), the "i'll tip you in app driver"  the drunk dudes that hit on female driver even though the driver is old enough to be their mom, the young ladies that tell you way too much info about signing up for sugar and proceeds to show you d pics of 90 yr old men with sacs too their knees or propped up because they are the size of grapefruits. The ones that tell you their whole life story in 10 min, the puker, especially the ines thst say no I am not going to puke are drive hea ing, gagging, and turning green, the dumbass irresponsible parent with no car seat for their 2 yr old and proceed to tell you "they will be fine" me-  yes they will  cause your not getting in my car, rider - i am not paying cancel fee how am i supposed to know you need a car seat? Me - your a parent you dumbass, ones who cancel mid ride and say "i didnt cancel", the ones that make you wait 8 min and dont apologize, order Uber and Lyft cancel the one that dont get there 1st, the strippers that expect you to mind read and know there is special stripper exit even though app puts you at the front enterance, or pick up location not accurate after riding around and calling rider for 5 min they show up when you apologize they say "no worries it happens to every driver all the time ( WTH could you text the driver then). Ones that bring open containers in car and cant understand why you tell them to get rid of it, riders that are all dressed up but smell like a skunk just sprayed them because all 7 just smoked weed, the rider that complains how high the fare is meanwhile driver just drive 15 min to pick them up to make 3.25 to drive the up the road  .5 miles. Pool riders that bring 3 people with them, express pool riders that say "you cant drop me off on corner at 2am i dont know the neighborhood", the pool rider you pick up at supermarket fare 3.25 10 min to load 22 bags and 10 min to unload 22 bags while the kids come out grab 1 bag and disappear. Can you drop my friend off she only lives 2 blocks from me, 2 miles later. The drunk that puts the bar across the street from the bar you picked him up from as his destination but too drunk to tell you address. Thankfully you picked him up a few weeks early and remember where he lives. Yes these riders do exsists. I guess that video would be more like a movie. I only have 30 min to get to the airport or I'll miss my flight but its not your fault. 

    Drivers I'm sure you have a few favorite or least favorite types of riders. Please share.

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     2 weeks ago in  Atlanta drivers during Superbowl weekend

    Anyone drive? How was it?

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     2 weeks ago in  Can a parent order Uber or Lyft for a teenager? My kids?

    Teens have fake ID's i cant always tell the difference. Some bars use machines because you cant always tell. This should be Ubers responsibility. They dont care they win if driver takes minor and they lose nothing if driver gets in accident. They just say we told you not to take minors. Just like the whole car safety seat issue. Uber and Lyft mention it in a few sentences. Hell they even pay cancel fee and dont dont charge it to rider. They eat the cost. Maybe if they start charging 10.00 for 1st offense, 20.00 and so on this would stop. They just dont care. If kid goes flying through windshield its the drivers problem, if minor rides and accuses driver of sexual misconduct they deactivate driver. Just another example of how they dont cars about drivers.

  • Yes black shows all the salt marks it looks awful. Interior isnt too bad with heat on. My dumbass forgot to take all my cleaning stuff in the house that I keep in the back in a basket. Needless to say it all froze. Lol I now have popsicle and slushi tire cleaner, window cleaner, etc.  Vacuuming isnt exactly fun in the cold. 

  • Thank you for all the great tips. It's 32 here in Philly. Lines were long but went through car wash where they dry outside. I opened all my doors and dried the little bit of water that got in. I froze my butt off doing windows though. Lol I didnt drive much in the winter last year. Maybe once a week. 

    Thanks again all!  Greatly appreciated! 

  • I assumed (my fault) that you were from TRYP. I didnt realize you were a driver just trying to sign other drivers up (again my fault). Before I hand over any money to anyone I need my questions answered. I cannot even comprehend why anyone would not ask questions and research a business, business opportunity before getting involved with it and giving them your money. Again I'll reoeat,  You cannot possibly expect people to hand over money no questions asked. Thats just stupidity.   Anyone with any business sense would tell you that. Every piece of info I found on the internet is negative feedback on TRYP and the man who founded it. Uber and Lyft didnt cost a dime to try it out. There was also info all over the web, tv, billboards, magazines, etc... If you had questions you could look it up. I have tried to get info on TRYP there really isnt any at all. This is the only thing we know, pay 200.00 keep 100% of fare + tips. Thats it. Nothing else. 

    I simply wanted info about TRYP so I could make an  informed intelligent decision based on facts. You answered what you could but seemed to be annoyed that I was asking questions. Then started using terms "its a no brainer" . If I had facts and more info it may be a "no brainer". I am not the idiot for asking  questions before I spend 200.00. Then you comment on how much time i spend on here, how many post WTH does that have to do with anything? Again I post things I find relevant to ride share, questions people may want answered, etc. From the responses I've seen all over the internet in forums, articles, you tube no one trusts TRYP or ots founders.  I was asking questions in hopes of getting answers to help out other drivers. Instead you got annoyed, you insinuated I was an idiot with your "no brainer comment", told me to go look up info for myself, you then comment on how much time I spend on here and me throwing answers or opinions out there. It's a forum. Kind of the point of a forum,  where issues, views and ideas can be exchanged. People can comment or choose not to. People can also choose not to read peoples posts and comments. 

    I am through with this topic.  I am now wasting my time on something that doesnt concern me at this time. My opinion wont change. I'll keep my money until there is info out there and proof they have more riders than Uber and Lyft. Since this is a forum and I want to add to the number of posts I have  put up here, I have an idea for you. As an "influencer" trying to sign up other drivers (i would assume you are getting a referral bonus) you may want to go about it in a nicer way. Instead of being annoyed,  rude and then telling me to look it up myself you may want to try a different approach. I can tell you drivers are skeptical all ready.  After reading your post it definately wont make them feel any better. BTW TRYP will have to undercut both Uber and Lyft to get riders to switch say maybe 20/25% so that fare you are keeping is still going to be less 20/25%. 

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     3 weeks ago in  Do you let your teens use Uber?

    I get why parents do it. I would let my 16 to 18 yr old male children use it in an emergency assuming driver would take them. However it would have to be an emergency & not daily basis and hopefully he would have a friend with him.  However I wouldnt be comfortable allowing my daughter at that age to use it. Especially at night or by herself. There are too many stories out there about ride share drivers. My daughter is 21 now she uses it on weekends but always with her friends. I have young female riders tell me they have been drunk and pass out in Uber when by themselves. Big mistake. Wish these young adults would think before they do stupid things like this. You just never know. 

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     3 weeks ago in  TRYP (a new ridershare company) promising $500K a month?

    There is another thread on here for TRYP. I asked the guy a bunch of questions which he answered a select few. So I posted again with more questions as I thought he was someone from the company. Turns out he was driver looking to sign people up for referral bonus.  He got annoyed because I was asking questions. There is nothing but negative feedback on multiple sites from multiple people. This guy hands over his money with knowing nothing but "you get 100% of fare + tips" "its a no brainer".  So I am the idiot because i asked questions about a new company that hasnt done nothing other than ask drivers for money.  He also said "guess you will have to wait and read it on their website". There are drivers out there that handed over money and know nothing other than 100% of fare and tips. Are people really this naive?stupid?desperate? Has any driver or prospective driver other than the 2 people trying to make money for referral bonus handed over 200.00 to this company knowing nothing about them other than their claim of 100% of fare + tip? Fares havent even been set yet.  Fares will need to be less than Uber and Lyft.  Right there you are losing at least 15% if not more. Tips are not guaranteed we all know that.  

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     6 months ago in  Extra passengers

    This happened to me quite a few times. This particular night  I get a request for Uber X I can seat 4 safely. I pull up there are 3 people they say we are waiting for one more. I am paying no attention to back seat they say ok we are good I start trip get 5  blocks from pick up look in rear view mirror I have 4 in back 1 in front. So what do I do? Do I say something? Do I end trip there and boot them out? I am sure you are all saying I would of. Lol There is 5 of them one of me, oh forgot to mention I am not in a very good neighborhood. Do I call police? I probably won't get past 91 before one of them can take my phone and if I can connect with 911 chances are police will not be there before I am beaten and my car is on cinder blocks. So I take my time ride the right lane nice and slow, stay away from traffic. We get to destination still in another crappy hood. I quickly end trip. The person they are meeting doesn't answer their call so they are not moving out of my car. Uh hello trips over. So they continue to sit in my car for 10 min deciding what to do. Fnally I get another rider so  I find my voice and get the courage to say "I got to go" . Still another 2 min. go by. Finally guy comes out and they get their stuff out of my trunk and go on their way. Now I pull up with doors locked and don't unlock until I know how many are getting in my car. I've learned quite a few lessons driving for Uber this past year.

  • I've picked up strippers twice. One stripper had a fit & started screaming at me because I didnt pick her up at stripper enterance. The app put me in front of the place. I had never been there before. She called me screaming so I drive around to where she told me but there were people all over plus 2 entrances/exits so I ask the first female I see if she was my passenger. She ignores me then I see Mr. Big and Beefy with the tight muscle head shirt on wave me over. She opens door starts screaming why didnt you come here 1st & why were you talking to those people? I try to explain that the pick up location put me up front and what people are you talking about? She screams the people in the car. I reply "what people, what car" . She screams again the people in the car. I am getting annoyed now, because she hasnt stopped screaming at me and what people in what car not a clue who she was referring to. I should've left when I was eligible for cancel fee. We drive a mile GPS says make left turn screaming stripper barks order i will tell you where to go. We go another mile another barking order "pull into that gas station I need something". She needed something all right some manners or a foot up her ass. I pull in to this gas station that is packed has a line of cars to get in (will explain the line of cars at 3am at a gas station another time). I finally get into lot she gets out and I plot my escape. Why should I take her screaming, order barking ass anywhere else they dont pay me enough for this? I put the car in drive ready to pull out and my guilty conscience kicks in. Its 3am you cant do that. Then the  little devil on my shoulder says go for it. Good conscience won I stayed but when she got back in I had a little talk with her. By the time i dropped her off she was happy. So happy when she got out she said "i am going to give you 5 stars". I wanted to reply "stick your 5 stars so far up (that thing you shake for money)that they shoot out of your mouth and hand over some of those bills you made tonight.  She was out right rude and bossy. 

    The 2nd stripper I picked up didnt yell at me but she also barked orders. Wont get into much detail as I just wrote a book about stripper #1. Her barking orders were hello as she entered car  order #1"put this radio station on, order #2 turn volumn up ill tell you when to stop" #3 dont speak to me while music is on #4 put the heat up. No please no thank you ànd you guessed it no tip. Last but not least we pull up to destination my app shows end trip you've arrived i end it wait for her to get the hell out. But she needs to bark 1 more order #5 "I've never been here before just sit here until I can find my friend then you can leave". Must be a stripper thing to bark orders and not tip. These 2 were in my first month of driving they taught me a few things that night.  No, one of those things was not how to work a stripper pole. Thanks for sharing R Paulson. Would love to here more stories. 

  • This time I pick up 3 men in there 30's from India at a strip club in Bensalem PA. They get in dont seem really intoxicated. We have a coversation then they are talking amongst themselves. I look at GPS. Its putting me on PA Turnpike. Now where ever I get off I am not going to know where I am so obviously relying on GPS completely. Go up a few exists get off. Its dark as hell. I swear Bucks County suburbs doesnt like or is too cheap to put up street lights. Everything is so dark you see nothing  when you look behind you. At this times roads are not only dark but no traffic around. The guys start speaking in their language now, up to this point their conversations were all English even to each other. Before I go further I was under impression destination was one of their homes. Now I have to turn into a dark business complex. Everything closed no one around.  My mind thinks they are plotting to hack me up into little pieces lol This is just too shady. No houses, everything dark, no people, no cars. I am so ready to turn around at this point but had no idea where I could go or what i would say to them about turning around. Hearts pounding, nervous. Drive about .5 mile and up on my right was a Hotel. Never so grateful to see one. This was my 2nd experience on a ride that really scared me being a female driver. I think after all my stripper, strip club experiences (as I have 2 other time I had a pick up) I need to stay away from those places. Those rides are either miserable, scarey  or just plain strange. Do you think Uber would deactivate me for not driving to or picking up from those places? Lol Yes definately. 

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     5 months ago in  Can you select the gender of the operator?

    I think you should be able to. I have had a few riders who are happy to see a woman driver. I even had a male who said he would rather have a woman because a male driver may be able to over power a male rider. Some of these young girls pass out from drinking. Some are so drunk that a male driver could do something and she probably wouldnt remember. If these women who got raped had a female than the rape would've never happened. Young women tell me all the time some of their male drivers hit on them  some are just creepy make them feel uncomfortable. One young woman said her driver bought her cigs alcohol, and tried to kiss her after ride was over. Women tend not to be criminals, rapist, etc. I would think they wouldnt be hitting on male passengers to the point that the msle rider is uncomfortable. Unfortunately these women who have had these issues dont report driver because they are afraid he will come back to their house. 

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     1 month ago in  Does Uber charge a fee for scheduled rides?

    Lilly, Can you please clarify or correct me if I am wrong as I dont want to be giving my riders wrong info. If you schedule a ride more than 60 min. in advance your fare is locked in. If you schedule a ride in less than 60 min. in advance Uber gives you an estimate. Then when you are matched with a driver fare could increase if there is a surge in your area. Thank you.