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Driver Scam Equation - Collecting No-shows

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kmcdonald1
101
 Posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

1) Driver arrives at a pickup location, switches off the phone.

2) Driver waits for five minutes. Cancels the trip and drives away.

3) Driver makes $5.00 for a passenger no-show.

Voila!  Too easy!

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    Kabe
    224 Driver
     9 months ago

    If the driver turned off their phone they are either going to disappear on your map or not move. In either case call them, and screen print the call while doing so.   

    So, they don't answer, but you have a record you called.

    Now, you have two options. Cancel before five minutes passes, and reorder. You wasted some time but the driver is out of luck and missed other rides.

    Wait and see if they arrive. Take a screen print of the Uber map showing the driver's locating just before five minutes. If they cancel after five minutes, take a screen print of a map with your location.

    Now, protest the cancellation to Uber to get your money back, and offer the screen prints as proof the driver was scamming.

    Please, please take the effort. As a driver I have two reasons for wanting bad drivers booted. One, they give us a bad rep. Two, the fewer drivers the sooner I get my next ride.😄

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    JeremyLen
    19 Rider
     7 months ago

    Does this really happen.

    and what is this about drivers hiding out in the bushes and not letting the rider in. why is this a valid business practice?

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      TrixiForkids
      70
       6 months ago

      This has happened to me. I am at the location of the pickup, drivers come very close, then never arrive at my location. Often, I would text them and there are no responses. Once, the driver called me and told me his car was busted. Wha...?

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    ryanLarson
    46
     6 months ago

    Driver cancelling on you seems to happen a lot at airports. I am not sure about them turning off the phones, but they often make an excuse and tell me to cancel and request again for a quicker pickup. I am sure most riders won't ask questions and just do it, but it's rather annoying.

    Are they judging our destination or something? I don't see why they do this.

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    RedANT
    947 Rider Driver
     9 months ago  (edited 9 months ago)

    If you're "driving rideshare" to scam $5 ride cancellations,

    seriously... YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. 

    Unfortunately the only people who think this happens frequently are the passengers who think we're all scam artists and who have never spent a day driving in our shoes.

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      BrendonAE
      33
       7 months ago

      Yeah, it's always the riders who are like, "I was only five minutes late looking for my friends! It was the DRIVER who cancelled! Why am I being charged the $5 cancellation?!  So mad!!"

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    BrianTheScrewDriver
    361 Driver Driver
     9 months ago

    Well, except the part where the rider funds you and knocks on your window. LOL. Do you ignore that?  That'd be super awkward. 

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    EricH1973
    4
     6 months ago

    Yeah, I have had some no-show charges on my statements. I always wish I had seen the email receipt, but I rarely pay attention to those. (I guess that's my fault.) They are $5, so I usually ignore them, but perhaps reading stuff like this makes me think twice.

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    GiGi
    28
     9 months ago

    This seems like a lot of effort for just $5 lol