Monica Castleberry (momof4)

Ride Expert from Philadelphia PA

Mom & Nursing Student by day Ride Share Driver by night always on the go
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  • Had it happen on few other trips that was just philly into NJ. Then I stopped having issues until this one. Lost about 20.00 in tolls over the 4 NJ bridges. Went back and forth with customer shitty service they now refuse to answer me:) Will not respond at all.


  • I have no intention on taking Lyft at their word. I was just curious if anyone ever did sign up and actually get any bonus. Uber surges here in Philly in bad weather. I did drive in one storm.  Never again. Got the surge but long pick up fee was miscalculted and pd based on normal.weather conditions. I sent emails but Uber customer service is A. staffed with a bunch of idiots who dont understand english, B. are told by Uber to play dumb C. receive a commission if they screw driver out of $,  or D. really are stupid and illiterate of course it could be all of the above. Never again. I agree not worth the risk. 




  • Frank still trying to find a place for you to get it. Here is what I found out to date, Many insurance companies will cover it. If you know anyone on pain meds that doesnt abuse them they should be able to get a script from doc. Most states you dont need a script its a "standing order". If your insurance covers it you walk jnto the pharmacy and they will give it to you.


  • I was able to obtain 2 bottles (single dose each) of Narcan. I have an elderly relative who is on Tramadol. Tramadol is a synthetic Opoid pain medication. Apparently new rule (at least in PA) is,  any patient receiving an Opioid for pain relief is to be given a prescription for Narcan. It is up to the patient to fill the prescription but they are not forced to fill it. I guess as long as doctor, hospital, clinic gives them the script they are in the clear. The person was able to fill it at no cost, insurance covered it. They dont need it as they take the medication as directed so I ended up with it. I hope I never have to use it but if needed I can try to help. As I've said I want no part of watching someone die in my car if I can help. I have been in the healthcare field all my life as an MA and/or Tech. I currently attend Nursing school this is why I choose to carry it. By no means do I think or feel that everyone should be willing to carry it and use it. Just didnt want anyone taking my comment as an attack for not wanting to carry it.


  • I never heard of it either. I assume it depends on the type of vehicle you drive. Last year had Ford Focus. Put my Honda Pilot on road this year. I assume since its a good vehicke to get through snow (4 wheel SUV) that is why they sent it to me. 





  • He supposedly had no criminal record. If that is true than no Uber should not be held responsible. Although they need to perform better background checks. Third party background checks are not the best source of info. FBI fingerprinted checks should be performed. Not that this gives that piece of shit the right to rape this woman but WTH is wrong with her friend? Why would you put her in an Uber when she was passed out? She sent her Uber pool. Great friend. Ladies choose your friends wisely and stop being so intoxicated that you are either passed out or too drunk to take care of yourself. 


  • Men dont always think when it comes to women. They were probably pretty and flirty:) Hope he thinks before he does something so stupid again.  Feel bad for the dude. If I stop at store for any rider they go in. I sure as hell dont leave my car with passengers in it and definately wouldnt leave my keys in the car. Why didnt they go in the store? Were they underage to buy cigs or alcohol? Poor dude.


  • I got the email back in October. I signed up. Obviously not expecting anything. They said bonus, perks, etc... I would hear from them when needed so far nothing.  I've recently got an email again offering bonuses in bad weather. Still havent actually seen anything. Although we havent had too many bad storms. Keep me posted if you get anything during a storm. 


  • 200.00 to be a member, 200.00 per month and 150.00 annual fee.  Lol


  • Lets for 1 min imagine that this was real. TRYP would have to lower their fares below Uber and Lyft say around 20/30%. Those numbers sound familiar? So drivers pay 200.00 per month to get 100% of the fare that is 20/30% less than Uber and Lyft = drivers making same amount on fares as they do on Uber and Lyft BUT TRYP will have very few riders. Driver would be lucky to make 20.00 for the month. $550.00 to start paid by driver. Do these people really think all drivers are dumb enough to fall for this BS? There will be a few desperate ones maybe but yes SCAM written all over it. There is nothing positive anywhere about the company and founder. There os no apps no nothing. I hope people realize this before they hand over 200.00. Dipatched driver got all defensive and an attitude because I had the nerve to ask questions instead of just handing over 200.00. He wants to sign people but tells you to look up info when the make believe website comes out. Dont you think you should know about the company your handing money over to?  This makes me want to sign up immediately "other drivers paid their money knowing its not refundable". Dispatched driver is a sucker or in on the scam along with the other 2 that posted threads on site.  I just can't even respond to this anymore its a joke. DD not going to find a single sign up here as we brains and common sense. Troll elsewhere


  • My daughter took an Uber XL with some friends a few months ago.  Normally the trip runs between 28.00/37.00. She was headed home and called to see if I could get them as her ride home was 122.00. I went on my drivers app to see what the surge was because normally at that time of night in that area its maybe a $10/$15 surge. On my app it was showing 10.00. So at most ride should've been $38/$57. Where was the rest of the money going? Not to the driver they were getting the normal price plus $10 surge. How can we trust Dara? All these so called pro rewards are geared towards the driver accepting 85% or higher and not cancelling rides. The rewards are not even that great most of them drivers will not even use. You want to send me to college pay for a Community College at least not some online college. How are they going to send high rated drivers to the diamond riders (or whatever platinum riders)  without increasing wait times? Average driver rating is said to be 4.80. My rating is 4.94 /4.95 as a driver. My trip requests range from 4.39 to 4.90. If I get 5 star rider its because they are new to platform or dont use it much. There are still sketchy things going on with fares. I dont see how we can trust either company. 

     


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     2 months 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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     2 months 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 months 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. 


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     8 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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     7 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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     2 months 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.