I heard from my nephew that Uber drives are sometimes so desperate to make money that they would randomly charge cleaning fees for no reason whatsoever. Is this true? What can I do to stop it or make sure it doesn't happen.
Anyone with 1000 rides or better can tell you ride share is no fun and games. You have your moments of sublime peace and an occasional laugh; but, then the real world catches up and life sux. The oil needs changing, two tires are iffy, you have no spare and the car still smells like your last rider. The average life of an Uber driver is 6-9 months. It's addictive because you have $100 daily instant cashflow and those $300 days have you walking on clouds. But after the learning curve, it takes a certain breed to stick with it. …
This whole ratings qrap is BS to me. I was dinged once for being “unprofessional” for wearing my cap backwards. Out of 2,000 rides I have been hit for “safety” twice. No explanation, no “learning experience” no ability to confront or question. You stand accused of something vague which has no “answer”, no remedy, no fix. Riders use the “feedback” system for their own purposes and the rating system is an opportunity for the rider to vent their angst about their own lives. They have no idea of the ramifications of their complaints or how easily Uber/Lyft bar people from …
Are they getting desperate? It's a total deflection tactic. Trying to shift the blame away from their technology but the answer is even more pathetic. "We forgot we turned it off." I mean, someone has to explain the "why".
Let the blame game begin! Aptiv vs. Uber.
"Uber Technologies, Inc. disabled the standard collision-avoidance technology in the Volvo SUV that struck and killed a woman in Arizona last week, according to the auto-parts maker that supplied the vehicle’s radar and camera.
“We don’t want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we …
We've all had it happen. You get pinged to a rough part of town. You pick up two riders with sunglasses, hoodies, baggy pants and ballcaps. Before the end of the block I hear the app tone for a route change and a scheduled stop. We don't stop at a "place", we stop on the corner at the intersection of two streets. Before it's over with, we've stopped at six places and stayed no longer than it took to walk in and walk out. By now you've figured out they are not delivering free lunches to the needy. Given the …
What they don’t tell you…
Well for one thing, that I would have a constant crick in my neck from trying to get comfortable sleeping in my car. Dang that automotive engineer that designed those seat belts so they won’t lay down flat and poke you in the lower ribs and stomach. Tip take a thick fluffy towel. Roll it up and drape it around your neck for a comfortable car pillow.
They didn’t tell me I would depreciate my car 150,000 miles worth. But I got 54.5 cents per mile Safe Harbor Rate from the IRS as a tax …
I came up with this. What do you think?
5⭐️ Keep this driver on the road.
4⭐️ Driver needs to be terminated, but we’ll forgive them this time.
3⭐️ Driver needs to be terminated, strike 1 out of 3.
2⭐️ Driver needs to be terminated, and this is the final warning, strike 2 out of 3.
1⭐️ Driver needs to be terminated NOW!
What passengers think:
5⭐️ This is the best ride I’ve ever had! I only want this driver to drive me. (A)
4⭐️ Pretty good, but I’ve had better. (B)
I want to start a company like Uber because they seem to be able to get away with anything. And, the executives make a lot of money. The transportation industry has always been interesting to me but I'm not sure how to get started.
I drive in Philly. Mostly nights. I do pick up a lot of drunk people and i have had riders that are probably doing more than drinking. I frequently sit at a gas station few blocks from home positioned between Philly and Andalusia (Bucks county) when waiting for rides. I know the staff there and speak with them fequently. About 3am Monday morning I am done so I stop to clean my car and get gas for following night. One of the workers says that the car at the pump has been there for awhile with a female sleeping. So …
I've been at this for a few years now and I still look for new and interesting ways to make my wait time quality time. I have found doing good deeds is a fulfilling past time that never gets old. Giving someone the occasional ride is easy, getting in the trenches takes a little more oomph! But really, there is nothing like bringing a smile to someone's face when you solve a problem instantly, which to them may have seemed enormous or even insurmountable just ten minutes ago. That brings real joy.
I have two ride share vehicles, the 328i …
Let me set the background for you not busy, pouring out, chilly, area full of Ubers as 8 in 1 mile are showing on rider app. Request comes up 12 min away premium pick up possible. Look closer its pool, rider rating 4.5 (not seen that low in my time ever). Obviously I decline no way am I accepting. Two min. go by pool ride request 4.5 rating 15 min. away, 3 more min go by pool request 20 min. away 4.5 rating. No one will pick this rider up.Not only did it go through all those drivers available but …
Here's what I did to pass the time between fares during my cab career.
Most of these were done at O'Hare Airport in the Taxi Staging Area in 2009.
Here's one done at the Yellow Taxi Garage, where I spent many hours, sometimes days, waiting to get a cab to drive.
You can see the whole series here: http://www.dmitrysamarov.com/gallery/taxi_pictures/index.html.
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