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Uber driver who jumped in front of train was deeply in debt

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momof4
8040 Rider Driver
 Posted 1 year ago

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Not only are taxi cab drivers in New York commiting suicide now Uber driver. Edit: Jumped in front of a train a block from his home. So sad. Unfortunately people see in ads all over on social media, youtube, etc... that you can make all this money driving for Uber/Lyft. People out there believe it. Yes there are the negative stories or people saying you cant make the money but some people still think that it can be done. Be your own boss, make your own hours, promotions, bonuses. The American Dream. Then you get out on the road drive 10 min. to a pick up to drive that person a mile up the road for 3.00. You may know the old saying "sounds too good to be true it probably is". There are people out there that believe what Uber/Lyft tell you. There are drivers out there that make money, get the bonuses, etc... its just not for everybody. Also depending on where you drive affects how much you make. Most cities are saturated with drivers. I can see a difference in the 18mths I've been driving. Lot less money this year compared to last. It just sucks that someone gets to a point that they feel they have to kill themselves. 

https://nypost.com/2018/10/06/uber-driver-who-jumped-in-front-of-train-was-deeply-in-debt/ 

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    momof4
    OP 8040 Rider Driver
     1 year ago
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    cContino77
    152
     11 months ago

    Not to sound crass, but not having money is a big issue and many (if not most) who commit suicides are known to have financial issues.

    I am saying that the cause-effect is a bit loose here. We can't go around pointing fingers at every profession where a person commits a suicide and he had no money. There are plenty of investment bankers who make a lot but deeply in debt and end up committing suicide. We don't raise that in an article saying that their job didn't pay enough.


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      momof4
      OP 8040 Rider Driver
       11 months ago

      There is definately some other issues than just money. People who commit suicide are in very dark places and have issues, it just takes that "one more problem" that they feel they cant fix or handle. I am not blaming Uber or saying its their fault. What I will blame them for is the constant ads stating how much money drivers can make while driving for them. Their advertising definately borders on false. It gives people the idea you can make really good money. Some drivers do but there are a lot of expenses that people may not realize until they start driving. I started driving 1 to 2 days per week while in nursing school. I needed the flexibility. When I signed up Uber's take was 25% thst doesnt include the booking fee that ranges from 2.00 to 2.60 per ride. I dont recall ever seeing that when I signed up. It was probably buried in small print lol. They added Uber pool express which is absolutely horrible in my city. The pay is awful for those trips and not much better...

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      There is definately some other issues than just money. People who commit suicide are in very dark places and have issues, it just takes that "one more problem" that they feel they cant fix or handle. I am not blaming Uber or saying its their fault. What I will blame them for is the constant ads stating how much money drivers can make while driving for them. Their advertising definately borders on false. It gives people the idea you can make really good money. Some drivers do but there are a lot of expenses that people may not realize until they start driving. I started driving 1 to 2 days per week while in nursing school. I needed the flexibility. When I signed up Uber's take was 25% thst doesnt include the booking fee that ranges from 2.00 to 2.60 per ride. I dont recall ever seeing that when I signed up. It was probably buried in small print lol. They added Uber pool express which is absolutely horrible in my city. The pay is awful for those trips and not much better for regular pool. I now am driving more hours and it's not really worth it. The more miles you drive the more issues that can happen to your car the more money you have to put out to fix it. Some areas I end up are dirt roads, pot holes, construction, etc...  Uber makes it all sound so damn easy get in your car, drive people around, make your own hours, get paid quickly  be your boss, etc... It's so much more involved. Not everyone is knowledgeable on running their business but Uber makes it so easy. I think Uber's advertising gives people  a false idea of what a driver can really make. Uber doesn't care about their drivers or what means they use to get people to drive.   I now learned a big lesson. I should've done my research, looked at videos of drivers experiences, read post, etc... Thankfully when I am done school I can put my Uber days behind me.

      Conclusions

      Research things when they seem to good to be true (I usually do but not on this one, big mistake)

      Talk to other drivers

      Read the small print

      Research, research, research

      Dont believe all  the advertising 

      No you cant blame Uber for these suicides. However they are not innocent in their advertising and how easy it all is.  How much money can be made. 


       

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    JimHemlock
    140 Rider
     1 year ago

    Until recently, I would have labeled this as “another article where the person involved happens to be an Uber driver”, but I’m seeing a common theme  Maybe this is indeed a problem 

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      DonutDrivers
      239 Driver Driver
       1 year ago

      With $10/hour, yeah.  it's a tough life.

      I'd hate to say it but many drivers, especially those fulltime, do not have other places to turn to. Imagine if your career got turned upside down where your skills and experience no longer was valuable?

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    RobinH74
    32 Driver
     1 year ago

    To the poster. You may want to post the URL in the body of the topic.  I can't click on it when it's in the post title. Just sayin'.

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      momof4
      OP 8040 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      I figured it out!!! Hope this works for you. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. 😊 I couldnt do it the first time I tried. I could click on it just thought everyone else could. 

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      momof4
      OP 8040 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Sorry. It works for me assumed it worked for all. I cant get it to go in comments. I'll have to get one of my kids to figure it out for me. I am tecnologically challenged. 😊