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Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control [The Atlantic]

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cheesehead
521 Driver Rider
 Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I had no idea it was like this. I gotta start charging Birds.

Over the course of the next few hours, Brandon loops around his Santa Monica, California, neighborhood collecting as many scooters as possible. He brings back his bounty and, as his parents sleep, neatly sets them up to charge in batches overnight.

The next morning he wakes up early, eats breakfast, and drops them off in groups of three at designated Bird Nests, designated pickup areas for scooters, on his way to school. For performing this service, Bird pays Brandon, a contract worker, up to several hundred dollars a night. On one particularly successful night, Brandon brought home $600.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/charging-electric-scooters-is-a-cutthroat-business/560747/

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    brownbear
    599 Rider
     1 year ago

    $600 in a night??? Maaan!!

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      dailyjoe1987
      87
       1 year ago

      Ya I read on a good night it is more like $100, I mean still pretty good.

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      RedANT
      1075 Rider Driver
       1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

      I wish that was true, but around here, many/most of the birds only make $3-10 each to charge.  Unless you have a lot of outlets to charge em', it's really not a very good opportunity. 

      Instead of charging, I think maintenance is a better job with bird.  Tighten wheels, check to make sure everyhing works, and get paid $10 per "maintenance."  (5 minutes worth of work) 

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        pualgetty3
        64
         1 year ago

        are you a bird mechanic?

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          RedANT
          1075 Rider Driver
           1 year ago

          No.  I decided to be a bird charger instead. 

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    brownbear
    599 Rider
     1 year ago

    They make this sound like so much fun. I'm honestly really intrigued. If/when they come to my area I'm gonna do this.

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    chawes
    747 Rider Guru
     1 year ago

    Huh, I always wondered how they charged them all up again. Now I know.

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    cheesehead
    OP 521 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    What???!? normal people get paid to do this?? I thought the company came around and did it, but now that I think about it that would be dumb.