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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  • I was being sarcastic. As I stated in the post all my request were low rated riders yesterday hence my made up "Trashy Tuesday" promo. I was just sharing my frustration in hopefully a fun way. I try not to be negative and mean. I don't mean the riders themselves are trashy but their ratings. What I have learned over the past 12 mths is many low rated passengers are rated by drivers unfairly. As much as drivers hate when they get a low rating for stupid issues drivers do the same to riders. However there are times riders and drivers alike deserve their low rating. Slamming a drivers accidentally or not tipping (unless you go above & beyond) shouldnt be a reason to 1, 2, 3 star a passenger. I have to say that 98% low rated riders I have picked up have been no issue for me and quite a few have tipped 20% or more. So it leaves me to believe drivers are being really picky, impatient, or unfair. Sucks for the rider as well as drivers because I am declining rides at times based on ratings. I started rejecting rides with ratings under a 4.8. I've since lowered it to a 4.5 but only in certain areas (have picked up a few at 4.47). On a weekend night after 10pm depending on the area I will not pick up below a 4.8. 

      Sorry for the confusion. I know Uber has come out with some ridiculous things so I now understand where this post may have made people think Uber was yet again being ridiculous:) Hope at least it made you smile:)


  • I posted this article on a Rideshare FB group I follow. This is what this idiot had to say:





  • Agreed. The crap I see out on the road is so rediculous. Mostly women and younger people on their damn phones leaning against steering wheell on major highway (speed limit is 65mph) both hands textimg. Most mem dont do it because we all know they cant multi task. Lol JK! Men are usually talking on phone and they are just as bad. I've actually ended my night early on 2 occasions because of the horrific car accidents I saw 3,4,& 5 per night (less than 8hrs). A car under a tractor trailer with the whole tol of the car gone. You know those peoples heads were decapitated also. For what? What is so damn important it cant wait?  You want to smash your car, injure yourself, or kill yourself go for it but dont take other people with you. Drinking & driving is bad enough (not making it out to be an excuse) but your thought process is off.  You damn well know that texting is wrong and your head is clear wth would you chance it?


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    I picture you in a big city. A Teddy Bear at heart but not taking shit from anyone. Lol I thought you would appreciate this:


  • Some idiots had the balls to post under article "what was a 71 yr old man doung in that neighborhood". Not why did some POS shoot him? Like it was his own faukt for going in there. POS should rot in jail. 


  • I know. Its simple a carpool. You are still getting in strangers car. Uber and Lyft dont do the best checkung but better than just picking some random person. You may as well hitchhike.


  • Make an example of a few. Show the people you are serious. It's worse than drunk driving. Not condoning drunk driving at all. Under the influence just make you stupid and judgement clouded. Texting and driving you know wth you are doing.


  • NYC is is a damn mess. Why anyone would want to live in that city is beyond me. The people, the drives, the crowds, the dirty looking city, the cost,  and the politicians AOC especially how does any city vote for someone like her? WTH kind of people live there? Before anyone gets bent out of shape I dont mean every last person is a horribke person, bad driver, etc... just a lot.


  • Your visualization is quite accurate. Uber pool Lyft shared definately a big cess pool.


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    Just a cheap gap insurance. No private plates. I run my private rides still in Uber or Lyft app. Just get a nice tip and guarenteed to be called for the long rides. I dont mess with the cash rides. I may have a friend or 2 and their family I do favors for but prefer sticking with apps to stay out of trouble:) 


  • I will go to a 4.50 if I am in a certain area that I usually drive and its a 45+. I know exactly why they have low ratings most if the time and it has to do with tipping. It sucks because I'll take them wether they tip or not. Some business men get a little controlling with directions but that dont bother me. If these other drivers  (especially female drivers) knew how to handle these business men they would get tipped. I am not talking about low cut shirts, cleavage, short shorts, or certain favors so get your mind outta the gutter. Lol 😀 I am too old for these young business men. They dont want to see me in short shorts or low cut shirt. Lol I ask what they do and show an interest in their business, ask questions, show interest, they live ti brag & be complimented. Compliment them on how smart they are, their ideas are great, blah blah blah and 85%/90% tip but yet they all have low ratings. Probably because men drive them and the rider dont tip so they are rated low.  The younger women drivers want no part of talking business and the older ones just dont know the little tricks. My driver friend is a male, drives the same area, same type of people. I get tipped more times than he does by these business types but he is very nice, accomodating, great driver. Its all in how you handle these dudes when body gets too old to use it you need to find other ways lol. Nah. just joking most are smart and I love learning new things so most times they are interesting. 


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    Yes definitely. I posted something on a you tuber's  fb page for rideshare drivers. Some of the drivers are tired of other drivers being rude. Some of them are worse than U peeps (no need to mention them here by real name) lol


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    Thank you I've been wanting to fix a thread. I hate when I have mistakes  it drives me crazy. Some I catch months later but I still fix it. 


  • Thanks Frank greatly appreciated. I didnt think you drove rideshare and cant imagine you doing delivety:) Definately wouldnt think you would eat their food. Lol What city are you based out of if you dont mind me asking?


  • I have ordered from Grub Hub and Uber Eats. Never again. All I got was slightly warm overpriced food. At leadt I hope thats all:) I would rather get off my a$$ and go get it myself. I also only order from places that still have their own delivery people. 


  • You always make me smile or laugh Bigfrank.


  • I dont usually care although I dont get many that do. I used to get drunks who wanted to go through Drive Thru and found some lettuce and poppy seeds on the seat. Grabbed a wipe not the end of the world. One night a drunk guy got in and I didnt see him with any food. He smuggled a slice of pizza in the car:) Thankfully I got out to check something in the back seat that another passenger left in here. There on my seat was a half eaten slice if pizza. What drives me crazy is when riders leave their empty coffee cup, water bottle, or gum/candy wrappers in my pockets. Hand me the crap I'll get rid of it if you are too lazy but dont stuff it in my pockets. 


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    It's like the million $ I wish for. I know I am not getting it but one can wish.😊 I would drive anywhere, do drive everywhere but just hate NYC:) I still drive there unlike the drivers who show up find out where the rider is going and say they cant drive there. Apparently many NJ drivers do this if they find out its NYC, NY airports, or Philadelphia airport. Just hate those trips and driving in the traffic and jam packed city. Between taxi cabs, bicycle delivery people, and pedestrians (that pay no mind to anything) it's one of my most dreaded places to drive:) Thankfully doesnt happen often. The way Uber sends the exact amt of min versus 45+ like Lyft I can usually tell so I dont accept. Lyft I can tell as I get close to pick up. I dont like to cancel and have only did it once on a NY trip to JFK. It had just started pouring really bad out and rush hour was starting. I was coming up on 8hrs of driving. It wouldve been a very long trip home with traffic on way back. Rider had not come out after 3 min so I cancelled. I didnt care about cancel fee was just happy to get out of going there. Rider should've been ready anyway:)


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     2 weeks ago in  Darington, WA to SEATAC

    If you are looking for what rideshare is available and an estimate on how much they are charging go to the free fare estimator here on ride guru. You can also click "offers" and may be able to find a code to use for cheaper first ride.


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     2 weeks ago in  Uber and Lyft need to add a DNDF!

    Lol Cheesehead! I fixed it didnt mean to post it hadn't finished it yet. 


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     1 year 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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     11 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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     7 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.


  • Uber and Lyft base fares on the longest route to riders destination (time & miles). Most Drivers take the shortest route. Driver is paid for the miles they drove & the amt. of time it took. I arrive at riders destination switch off GPS & go back to Uber or Lyft app. It will say 5 to 15 min until destination. I do the speed limit, I use WAZE app, my car doesn't fly, and its not an amphibious car. Passenger got charged for that 5 to 15 min even though it didnt take that long and they get charged for the miles I didnt travel. This is why drivers are complaining. Uber and Lyft are making a few dollars less than us or the same amount. Nothing we can do as we agreed to be pd per mile and time. Upfront pricing scam. What sucks is riders think we are getting 75%/80% of the fare so they may not be tipping for that reason. Especially on long trips that are 50.00 to 150.00. I am driving for Uber as I text this. When I have some free time later today I will post some screen shots so passengers can see whats going on. O will also screen shot my next trip that says we have X amt of time until destination when we are all ready there.