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How can I specify a female driver?

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 Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

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    momof4
    6499 Rider Driver
     4 months ago  (edited 1 month ago)

    I have heard quite a few stories from my female passengers about their male Uber drivers. I am not saying all male drivers are bad but I havent heard any riders really complain about females. Most of the complaints of msle drivers hitting on female riders. Saying inappropriate things. Last night had a rider who lives and works at a recovery house in a not so good neighborhood. I picked her up at a movie theater. Well spoken, dressed nice not sleazy. She took an Uber last week to catch the EL in a not so good neighborhood. As she was ready to exit car driver asked her how much? She was confused and said I paid on the app. He replied "no, how much I pay you cash". He assumed she was a hooker. She was on her way to her college classes so I doubt she was dressed inappropriately. Regardless why the hell would you ask your rider something like that? She did report him to Uber. Hopefully he isnt driving anymore. Another frequent rider of mine asked a male driver to take her down ...

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    I have heard quite a few stories from my female passengers about their male Uber drivers. I am not saying all male drivers are bad but I havent heard any riders really complain about females. Most of the complaints of msle drivers hitting on female riders. Saying inappropriate things. Last night had a rider who lives and works at a recovery house in a not so good neighborhood. I picked her up at a movie theater. Well spoken, dressed nice not sleazy. She took an Uber last week to catch the EL in a not so good neighborhood. As she was ready to exit car driver asked her how much? She was confused and said I paid on the app. He replied "no, how much I pay you cash". He assumed she was a hooker. She was on her way to her college classes so I doubt she was dressed inappropriately. Regardless why the hell would you ask your rider something like that? She did report him to Uber. Hopefully he isnt driving anymore. Another frequent rider of mine asked a male driver to take her down a different road. She Ubers home everynight from work. She is very nice and polite.  It's a 5 min ride regardless of which way you go. The road driver wanted to use is pitch black, a mile long with a few houses & businesses, and then nothing but woods. Not much traffic especially at 1030pm. There have been 2 bodies dumped on that road and someone hit by a car and left to die in past few yrs. She asked him to go down a more lit, more used road instead, he refused. She told him to pull over and she got out. There was no reason to deny her request. I get both sides to be able to request female drivers but in some instances it would be nice.

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      KimberlysWorld
       3 months ago

      Do you think that move works (i.e. saying, "How much do I pay you?") sometimes? Do you think that's how they learn the behavior?

      I can't imagine such a pickup line would work, unless, of course, they are prostitutes.

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        momof4
        6499 Rider Driver
         3 months ago

        The area that the rider was picked up and dropped off in is an area that prostitues hang. Mostly just women looking for a few bucks to be able to support their drug habit. Had the rider been a prostitute sure she would have went for it. I would assume prostitutes dont care how you ask.  How many prostitutes would be taking an Uber unless they were either headed to their area to work or a customers house? She was picked up at a house and dropped off at the El train. As I said most of the prostitutes in that area are just looking for money to purchase drugs. They are not looking to blow (no pun intended) 15.00  on an Uber. The driver was definately out of line. It seems like he wasnt very fluent in English according to the rider. Maybe he didnt know how else to ask. My point is he was an idiot to assume she was a prostitute. If he needed a prostitutes services he should've done it on his own time not asking his riders. Had she been a prostitute that line would've worked. If ...

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        The area that the rider was picked up and dropped off in is an area that prostitues hang. Mostly just women looking for a few bucks to be able to support their drug habit. Had the rider been a prostitute sure she would have went for it. I would assume prostitutes dont care how you ask.  How many prostitutes would be taking an Uber unless they were either headed to their area to work or a customers house? She was picked up at a house and dropped off at the El train. As I said most of the prostitutes in that area are just looking for money to purchase drugs. They are not looking to blow (no pun intended) 15.00  on an Uber. The driver was definately out of line. It seems like he wasnt very fluent in English according to the rider. Maybe he didnt know how else to ask. My point is he was an idiot to assume she was a prostitute. If he needed a prostitutes services he should've done it on his own time not asking his riders. Had she been a prostitute that line would've worked. If he was just trying to hit on the girl he will never get a date asking that question. I would assume no man would be that stupid to use that as a pick up line. The rider wasnt a prostitute and had her wedding ring on. He is lucky she didnt back hand him or flat out punch him in the face.

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          Candycanelove
          Rider
           2 months ago

          so you are assuming a prostitute will have sex with any guy now that is messed up I have spoken and been in a relationship with a couple escorts and people in that line of work can do whatever/whoever they, please Imean it is their body is it not

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            bettybop482
             2 months ago

            I dont think she is assuming that necessarily, she is more assuming that the prostitutes she knows frequent that one corner are drug addicts and in that case, most likely, they will do anything to get their fix...

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        Candycanelove
        Rider
         2 months ago

        it is supposed to be a joke, it means he thinks she is hot and should be taken as a compliment tbh.

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          B-girlAnderson11
           2 months ago

          Do women really take it as a compliment when they are jokingly called a prostitute?

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            Candycanelove
            Rider
             2 months ago

            As I said he said it because she found her attractive.

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    Ghollingsworth
    Rider
     2 months ago  (edited 2 months ago)

    Wouldn't that be a legal / gender discrimination issue? I mean....if my BF needed a ride and he specifically wanted a male driver (especially with the current #metoo stuff going on, I'm sure female drivers would be up in arms over gender discrimination. Wouldn't that apply vice versa?

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      JimHemlock
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       2 months ago

      I am pretty sure many of these female-oriented companies shutdown or were at least criticized by the concern you bring up.  This is more from an angle of employment, where the company couldn't just hire women (or men) as that would be gender discrimination against men.  

      If you go to Safr's website and go to their employment (driver) page, you will see that there are both gender drivers. You, as a rider, can request any gender.

      I am not sure if it's discrimination by the consumer to specify man or woman.

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      StuffinMuffin
      702 Driver Rider
       2 months ago

      Dudes apparently cannot be discriminated against apparently.

      Not just gender but everything else. None in power can be discriminated against. The funny thing is? I think it sort of has to be that way while we all fix this long running history of discrimination.  Think affirmative action for school acceptance and white people being called "crackers."

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    Dan13
    Driver
     4 months ago

    If you live in San Diego you can use Bounce. You are able to request a favorite driver! Once you find a driver you like you can send the request directly to them. Joinbounce.com referral code dan13

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      TonyAlmeida
      927 Rider
       4 months ago

      I will admit that is pretty awesome. Most of my rideshare needs are around my house and I expect same drivers to be around.  As long as there is a good number of drivers, I am all up for it.

      I assume I can have a list of my favorite driver?  I need an ability to make a list, because obviously not all drivers will be available all the time. 

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        Dan13
        Driver
         4 months ago

        Yes with bounce you can see every driver that has given you a ride. then you can add them to a favorites list for easy access. Remember this only in San Diego, Ca right now.

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      RobinH74
      Driver
       4 months ago

      "Bounce is way less expensive to you and our drivers are paid better. When you compare our prices with other rideshare services, you’ll find that Bounce is always less expensive."

      Are you really cheaper than Uber?

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      PFontanetta
       4 months ago

      Do you work for Bounce? How many female drivers do you have? I’m intrigued. 

      When you coming to LA?

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        Dan13
        Driver
         4 months ago

        When we take over san diego well go from there. 

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    ChatswickFan
    200
     1 month ago

    Easy. Request a driver. Once accepted, look at the name of the driver.  If it's a guy's name, cancel.  If it's a girl's name, go with it.

    They can't give you a negative feedback unless the ride has started.

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    PookiePoo
    Rider Driver
     4 months ago

    I have had passengers cancel when they see who their driver is and keep trying until they get a female.  It eventually works, depending on how much time you have. 

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      LG-PA
      716 Driver
       4 months ago

      Only to have that female driver pull up, and say "Hello I am George driving under my wife's account tonight" :)

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        JimHemlock
        110
         4 months ago

        Leslie.  or Shane.  or Alex.  or Dana.

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          ShamedJames
           4 months ago

          Max

          Ray

          Sydney

          Val

          Tyler

          ...that's all I got. 

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            FannyPack24
             4 months ago

            Robbie

            Chris

            Fran

            Why are we doing this. I forgot what this thread is about.

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      HerbMercedez
       4 months ago

      I feel like that's gender discrimination. Seems wrong.

      This actually brings up a great question. Do riders have an "acceptance rate" or cancellation rates? I feel like this is bad practice. Inconveniences a lot of drivers.

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        PookiePoo
        Rider Driver
         4 months ago

        I later found out during the ride that she had been beaten and raped. So, is it discrimination that she wants a female driver? I probably would too, in her shoes. 

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          Bigfrank
          288 Driver Driver Rider
           4 months ago

          How about taking mass transit where you have a mixed bag of male,female and the whatever group.

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          HerbMercedez
           4 months ago

          I suppose the context and background story do play a role here. I agree I empathize with her and why she does that.

          In a case like this though, I would imagine she should (and probably does) arrange for special rides from those who she trusts or a female limo driver whom she has relationship with.

          If you were driving an Uber, I'd imagine it was an exception, where she had was in a circumstance she had to call for one.  I mean I can't imagine her doing this every time.

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      ClancyJones
      Rider
       4 months ago

      you can't do that.  If you cancel multiple times in the same location, Uber will automatically (I think) start charging the rider a cancellation fee.  Even if the cancellation is made before two minutes.

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        HerbMercedez
         4 months ago

        yeah, I was thinking of this as well. I used to hear riders who would cancel repeatedly and Uber had to implement this special rule.

        Cancelling usually doesn't have much consequence on the riders (or I supposed drivers too) because the ratings aren't affected.  There are no mechanisms in place now though. Long distance pickup, must cancel beffore 2 minutes, can't cancel repeatedly...

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    DimSumUng
    105
     1 month ago

    Why don't we add a feature where you can select Blonde vs. Brunette.

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    SmittenKitten
    1633 Rider
     1 year ago

    Didn't these companies get sued for doing this?  Maybe it was the Chariots for Ladies or something.  I thought they got sued or were found out this was illegal as they discriminate against men on their hiring. i.e. only hire males.

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      ChandraYankee-Kotarski
       5 months ago

      Who knows!  But it should be the “Client’s Prielege” to Have a choice!  Whether or notI as a woman can Choose one (a woman Driver) or not!  That’s one BIG REASON THERE IS A LACK OF FEMALE DRUVER’S TOO!!!  BIGLY! 

      This is in my eyes (the ability to choose) a man or a woman's Choice!  It’s the USA, not CHINA DUCTATORS OR MUSLIM LAW! 

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        CasPer
        324 Rider
         4 months ago

        I agree.  However, I wonder two things:

        - Why aren't these startups struggling?  these female for female rideshare companies are falling like flies.

        - Why wouldn't Uber and Lyft offer this service?  Just create a new bucket called, "Uber Females" or something.  They created them for stupid stuff like UberDogs and Uber Mariachi Bands, so this cannot be difficult.

        it's obvious that the business model doesn't work out but I wonder what's holding them back.  Not enough female drivers? 

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        KitteryMe
         4 months ago

        If riders had a choice, I think 99% of people would choose female by default. I mean, I am sorry to say, why would anyone choose a male?  Girls would choose girl drivers and men would choose girl drivers.  At least out of those who actually make a choice. I am sure some won't care to specify.

        The 1%?  I geuss maybe Muslims who don't believe in women driving. 

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          KillaBeez
           4 months ago

          Unless, of course, there would be surge for asking.  Something like 30% of all drivers are females, right? They'd be in too high of a demand.

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            LG-PA
            716 Driver
             4 months ago

            Imagine in a hypothetical situation a driver who is neinther man or woman (Guess that driver is now out of work), perhaps there are drivers that identify with both sexes, pretty convenient. Anyway, I think it is a stupid idea to allow to select driver gender, what's next race?

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              PFontanetta
               4 months ago

              I seriously thought you were starting to talking about autonomous vehicles and robot taxis when you said neither man or woman 

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      RPaulson
      542 Driver
       1 year ago  (edited 4 months ago)

      You mean for Chariots for Women.  I think they are now called Safr. Boston company.

      Wasn't there a legal case about Chinese retaurants only hiring Chinese people for waitresses?  In the story I read I think the restaurant lost, but everywhere I go, there are only Chinese people at Chinese retaurants.  And frankly, I sort of think it's fine.

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    bettyvanwhy
    159 Rider
     8 months ago

    You can't but in some regions you cna specify an english speaking driver. Go figure.

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      MattC
      Rider Driver
       1 month ago

      I can understand. My grandmom got a non english speaking driver in Philly. She is 77 yrs old. Driver passed her destination she was trying to explain to him and he couldnt understand her she couldnt understand him. She ended up 7 blocks from destination. I had to go get her. My mom had similar experience. Just asked him to pull over and she walked the 2 blocks. Most times probably not an issue but it can be.

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    ChatswickFan
    200
     7 months ago

    Isn't this a horrible idea?  Sexual predator will have a hay day with this, while their victims would show up on a car, to any location they specify.  conveniently on a smartphone app.  

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      ChandraYankee-Kotarski
       5 months ago

      ABSOLUTELY!  Especially when you RESIDE in a “Sanctuary State” OR SANCTUARY CITY!

      So unfair!!!!!  Do I need my hubby along for the ride?  Or just Hope my Gun is BIGGER THAN THE MALE DRIVER’S??!

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      B-girlAnderson11
       7 months ago

      Yes, but these predators can always call hookers and escorts.  Why bother calling an Uber driver.  It costs $1.90 a minute. LOL.

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        ChatswickFan
        200
         7 months ago

        Man, that's horrible.  It's that theory, "you just have to be fast enough to NOT be the slowest in the herd."

        wink

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    Bigfrank
    288 Driver Driver Rider
     4 months ago

    Good bye Jane see you not soon

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    CasPer
    324 Rider
     1 year ago

    So these rideshares seem to target women but does that mean all drivers are women?  ...or is it that the drivers are vetted out more?

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      FlutterShy
      307 Rider
       1 year ago

      Can men ride then?  but then the predators can prey on women drivers...  

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      RPaulson
      542 Driver
       1 year ago

      I believe the drivers are all women. I think that's the idea.  I looked at a few of these. 

      I suppose I can ask the vice versa question.  I got it that the drivers are female, but what about the drivers? 

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        ippei
        1193 Driver Rider Guru
         1 year ago

        Most of these companies listed hire women and the riders are supposed to be women.

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          ChandraYankee-Kotarski
           5 months ago

          Hi, what companies in CA coast do you know of, anyone?  N.CA =Sanctuary State and I’m a woman that happens to need a woman driver....just can’t trust some men around here driving me around!  Just the other day, my male driver didn’t follow my directions at all to Doctor, and he was way lost (so was I)...Scared the sh** out of me!  And of course, I was late-and charged too much.

          lyft passenger

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            JBurdHop
            183 Rider
             4 months ago

            Being lost, making you late, and ending up charging you are not necessarily qualities of male drivers. That can happen with anyone. A sexist person may say it'd happen more with females as they get lost easier.  (I didn't say it. I am a sexist person would. Ha!)

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              ChrisWeston
              Rider
               4 months ago

              Her point is that when these troubles happen, she doesn't feel comfortable with having a male driver.  "Getting lost" and "not following directions" can be seen as a abdusting attempt, for example.

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            RedANT
            804 Driver
             4 months ago

            If you're so demanding on route, etc and hyper critical of others driving skills, might I ask why you don't just drive yourself? 

            We're drivers, not slaves.

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    ha
    Rider
     8 months ago

    Now Uber has a new Panic Button in the app - who needs a female driver anymore lol

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      kstark77
       7 months ago

      Is the panic button for drivers or passengers?  No, I am being serious.  I haven't seen it on my app. (I am a customer.)

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        elyse
         7 months ago

        It's for passengers. They might roll out a similar feature for drivers in the future, because they could also potentially be in a dangerous situation too.

        Here is how to use the panic button: https://ride.guru/content/newsroom/how-to-use-ubers-911-panic-button

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          momof4
          6499 Rider Driver
           4 months ago  (edited 4 months ago)

          In Philadelephia they have it for drivers in new app. Its actually better to go through app then to call 911. Uber knows your location. When you call 911 they dont always know your location.  In some cases they have been off by 10 miles. Emergency 911 is not updated enough and cannot always pinpoint your location. They say they can pinpoint location in approx 10% of the calls. So although it seems easier and faster for you to call on your own better to go through app. New drivers app has a shield a bottom right of map screen its there that you can get Uber to contact 911. 

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            PFontanetta
             4 months ago

            That’s a fantastic point about how Uber knows your location. 

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              momof4
              6499 Rider Driver
               4 months ago

              It seems pointless to go through Uber app when you can just call 911. So after checking into this I found that most all states do not have updated capabilities of tracking the callers location. They can only find callers location in 10% of the calls.  I believe all states have to upgraded by 2023 (I may be off on the date) that is a long time away. I live in Philly 4 blocks away from Bucks County. When I call 911 from my cell I get Bensalem (Bucks County) I have to tell why I called only to be told to hold on while they contact Philly and transfer the call. Its frustrating in an emergency. If you go through the Uber app they know your exact location and give it to police radio 911. 

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                LG-PA
                716 Driver
                 4 months ago

                The reason Bensalem police dispatch wants to boot you to Philly is most likely because they want to keep their crime rate stats down:) As if you report a crime in a particular town it goes against theoir record (at least I think so) 

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                  momof4
                  6499 Rider Driver
                   4 months ago

                  I want to reach Philly 911 but my location is picked up that I am in Bensalem. I live a few blocks from city line. It's awful when you have a medical emergency.