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It all comes down to cities screwing the medallion system up. They should never have allowed a scarce commodity like taxi medallions to be transferable. Doing so led to a secondary market with ridiculous values, so of course greed comes into play and predatory practices like this pop up all over the place.
There is a similar problem with liquor licenses in a lot of cities. Restaurants have to buy them on a secondary market for hundreds of thousands of dollars because the city only allows X licenses. So they have to take out loans to do it. Then one day the city decides to stop limiting liquor licenses, or increase the pool of licenses. Now the value of a license plummets, and all those restaurants that took out loans for their liquor license are under water.
Oh I see. You mean Uber would charge it. I misunderstood you.
But that is basically the same as Uber just raising their fares. They won't do it because they are in competition with Lyft. Frankly if they are going to charge more for some reason, they are going to just pocket it themselves. They are public now and shareholders will demand that drivers get paid just enough to keep them and no more. Sorry to be dark but that's how I see it.
I wouldn't mind being a butler. I mean, as long as the boss is not a complete a-hole it might be kind of fun. Get dressed up every day, snobbily turn away visitors at the front door, release the hounds, etc. Good gig.
Ok... how exactly do you plan to enact this? Just tell pax they owe you another 20% at the end of the ride? Some passenger will complain and you'll get fired. Calling it.
I'm not sure how far this can really extend though. All full time workers? I doubt it. Uber kind of hit a jackpot, by creating a gig worker economy out of skills that almost everyone has already (driving). But a lot of other full time jobs just won't fit into the gig worker economy. I wouldn't want to rely on whatever firefighters happen to be available when my house is burning down! And of course many higher skilled white collar jobs require a lot of training and rely heavily on tribal knowledge that can take years to build up. And, there is a lot of variance in the quality of employees. Companies want to keep the good ones, so they offer full time jobs with benefits. There is already the concept of contractors in white collar jobs, who are typically cheaper for a company than a full time employee. Yet most employees are still full time.
The thing is... I hate to say it, but there is a supply and demand problem here for us drivers. That is, there are too many drivers, so Uber can afford to reduce incentives.
This is why government regulates markets, and why unions were formed in the first place. Uber will always have the upper hand here otherwise.
Bingo. Sink or swim.
Well I wasn't plannin on driving anyways that day LOL. guess I'm part of the movement.
You would have to establish residence in New York State in order to get a license there. But even if your could I think you would be opening up yourself to legal jeopardy by doing this. You might get away with it but if Uber figures out what you did I think they might call it fraud.
I'll be curious to see how this works out. It seems like the best way to try and curb the problem, not perfect but a lot better than nothing. These things are a little scary as a pedestrian at night when the drunks are out.
The rest of the rideshare industry at least employs people. Gotta give them that. These scooters just seem like a long-term loser.
There already is.
if it means less dead time filled in with small talk, sure.
Link to article?
Anyways, you're right. It's just like any IPO. A chance for those with the connections who got in pre-IPO to make a ton of money. The rest of us get the pickings.
Yep. Like every IPO.
Some people just have too much money.
Boy, that is a tough one. I have had stinky pax before for sure but nothing as bad as you describe where it lingers for days and requires pro cleaning.
But I don't think it is right to kick someone out for smelling bad. We are professionals, and we are service people. It comes with the territory. However if I went through what you went through maybe I would change my mind 😨
Sounds like bad situation. It was good of you to take them and I don't think you did anything wrong, but once you've been driving for longer and see things like this you start to get a sense of when to hold em and when to fold em, and you should never feel obligated to take a pax you are not comfortable with. In a situation like this I would not take the pax. Too many ways a bad situation can get worse, and now I'm involved. Not worth it.
Wait, you are saying if you don't have a TNP license, you can pick up people for money? That can't be right. Well, maybe you can ask for gas money, but you can't charge a fare for profit, right?