A Passenger from Heck Story
I was finishing out Sunday night in my usual panic to make the 65-ride bonus. Since I can't drive faster, this means taking Pool Rides.
I didn't use to mind Uber Pool. They were nice people, deserved a break, and I could make back the loss with a full car and a lot of stops. ExpressPool has ruined all that. Take a look at my entry on Quora.com for my feelings about ExpressPool but it's made me refuse all pools as a general rule.
But Sunday evening isn't normal when you still need 7 rides …
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I am glad someone is doing the math. It's too bad it isn't the drivers. I assume this applies to UberEats' competeitors like GrubHub, Postmates, and DoorDash.The problem here is that the average profit margin for a restaurant is under 30%. Fast food such as McDonalds reported profit margins about 22% in 2017. Casual dining or family style restaurants have a profit margin between 5% to 10%. Lastly, full-service restaurants such as fine-dining have average profit margins of about 6.1%. (source)Based on the average profit margins above, every restaurant that engages Uber Eats will lose money on every …
Uber tends to place the pin at the rear entrance of most addresses. Savvy riders place the pin advantageously. Autofill by GPS pins the nearest roadway (not necessarily an entrance or exit). Personally I think the pin should be assigned to a person and not a place. The person and the device are the pin. Track the device by GPS. That way if you go to the pin, you go to the rider. Every time. Thanks for your upvote.
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.
A lot has been written about ride-share services like Uber threatening the livelihood of cab drivers. In most of these articles Uber, Lyft, et al are pitted against local taxi companies like Yellow and Carriage. What is rarely made clear is that none of these companies—ride-share or traditional taxi—actually employ any drivers. So while they fight it out in the courts about regulations and who can and cannot get what part of the transportation market, the people doing the actual driving aren’t being represented by either side.
In 1993—when I became a cab driver—calling a taxi was a simple business. …
To consumers, there isn't a huge difference. Both gets them from point a to point b. One just happens to provide the convenience of a nice app, and maybe the price is cheaper? Why wouldn't just taxi drivers just switch over to Uber where the consumers are headed? Why would it make a difference? Workers always have the flexibility of choice.
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. …
Hello!I really wish to get some help here!!The problem is, my husband is a rideshare driver in Boston Massachusetts, and honestly since he started working as a rideshare our marriage is going down hill and honestly I can see our marriage getting to an end. I’ll explain!He drives way too long hours, of course because we need the money and I do work as well, but with 2 kids we need to work hard.The thing is, I think that he cheats on me..and that makes me think that every single woman that gets in his car …
I keep reading about this big new campaign to encourage riders to ask drivers what their name is before getting in the vehicle. This bothers me as it is really the only way us drivers have to check the validity of our riders. Riders can check the license plate, car color, car make/model, etc. Have you had any passengers do this to you yet?
I just had an incident Monday night driving for Uber, and despite an initial quick response, they have not responded to 4 emails back to their email.Myself and two of my Uber Pool passengers had guns put to our heads and were robbed of our valuables (phones, wallets, etc). Two guys in a car sped up and passed us on the wrong side of the street, blocked us in, ran towards us with guns and put one to the back of my head as they demanded we give them our stuff. Then they drove off. I have a number …
Hmmm… First and foremost it is a big leap from what some of these other answers have suggested (about being provably intoxicated, sexual harassment or physical assault) and giving someone less than five stars. To heck with the stars, if a driver commits any of these acts you first contact the authorities and then Uber/Lyft. Drivers commiting these acts should not be driving.
As I have suggested before, this whole ratings thing is BS as far as I am concerned. It is so completely subjective and should have nothing to do with if the driver provided snacks, water and amenities. …
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