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What almost every driver says not to do. Sometimes when someone needs your help its worth the risk.

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momof4
7866 Rider Driver
 Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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  • Drove Saturday night in Philly & Lower Bucks. Rain was relentless, flooding everywhere, visibility awful. After seeing my 8th accident on I-95 this one involving 4 cars that firemen were extracting the injured or possibly dead  with the jaws of life & power tools I decided I was done for the night. I took one last quick bar pick up that was 7 min ride. I stopped at local WaWa where I know the night shift employees. Mike was on phone & yelled for me when I got in. "Can you take this guy home he dont have phone & having trouble getting him a cab". Ok I get it I am not on app, mans a stranger, what was I thinking? I get it. I didnt really want to drive anymore but I felt bad for the guy. He was in his 20's, dressed decent, clean, spoke well. He was going 10 min up the road. I asked him if he minded if Mike took pic of his license. At least if I didnt show back up to WaWa in reasonable amt of time Mike could call police. Other than credit card info Mike had just as much as Uber had. I had also shared my trip on maps with Mike. Rain had stopped barely any cars on road at that time. Wasnt concerned about an accident. I learned someone stole his phone at the bar, friends ditched him (nice friends, I suggested he get knew ones), some dude jumped him from behind & he hurt his knee was just trying to go home. I felt bad for the guy I took him 7 min up the road, 3 min in 7-11. Didnt have to worry about rating (damn that feels good). I was going to ask for 10.00 as it would've been a 5.00 Uber trip. As he was exiting he handed me $ & said here is 55.00 to which I tried to hand back 45.00 & tell him thats way too much. He replied &...

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  • Drove Saturday night in Philly & Lower Bucks. Rain was relentless, flooding everywhere, visibility awful. After seeing my 8th accident on I-95 this one involving 4 cars that firemen were extracting the injured or possibly dead  with the jaws of life & power tools I decided I was done for the night. I took one last quick bar pick up that was 7 min ride. I stopped at local WaWa where I know the night shift employees. Mike was on phone & yelled for me when I got in. "Can you take this guy home he dont have phone & having trouble getting him a cab". Ok I get it I am not on app, mans a stranger, what was I thinking? I get it. I didnt really want to drive anymore but I felt bad for the guy. He was in his 20's, dressed decent, clean, spoke well. He was going 10 min up the road. I asked him if he minded if Mike took pic of his license. At least if I didnt show back up to WaWa in reasonable amt of time Mike could call police. Other than credit card info Mike had just as much as Uber had. I had also shared my trip on maps with Mike. Rain had stopped barely any cars on road at that time. Wasnt concerned about an accident. I learned someone stole his phone at the bar, friends ditched him (nice friends, I suggested he get knew ones), some dude jumped him from behind & he hurt his knee was just trying to go home. I felt bad for the guy I took him 7 min up the road, 3 min in 7-11. Didnt have to worry about rating (damn that feels good). I was going to ask for 10.00 as it would've been a 5.00 Uber trip. As he was exiting he handed me $ & said here is 55.00 to which I tried to hand back 45.00 & tell him thats way too much. He replied "I had no way home you got me home safe, no phone, and cab was going to take forever".  Shut the door the end. 1st what a great way to end a long night with 2 stinking tips all night driving in horrible weather conditions. 2nd sometimes it pays to be nice to people. I got back to WaWa so Mike didnt call the police & report me as a missing person. I stuffed 20.00 in Mike's pocket as a thank for suggesting to guy to let me drive him and having my back during the ride. 35.00 and a pay it forward gesture was good enough for me for 14 min of my time. Sometimes it pays to do a favor and to be nice. Yes, I do know that things could've went wrong in many different ways.  I believe if your doing something nice for the right reasons things usually turn out ok. 

Wanted to add this.  RIDERS if you order an Uber on a snowy or bad rainy day/night please be a decent human being and tip your driver. Driving in bad weather is awful. If your driver gets you from point A to point B safely. TIP THE DRIVER.

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    Goodideasll
    168 Driver
     3 months ago  (edited 3 months ago)

    Good job Momo! And well said! You seem like a great person and your riders are fortunate to have you!😊

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      momof4
      OP 7866 Rider Driver
       3 months ago

      Thank you Goodideasll. I am  female:) 

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    Bigfrank
    419 Rider Driver Driver
     8 months ago

    When the Risk is greater then the Benefit  leave your bread and butter parked .  

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      momof4
      OP 7866 Rider Driver
       8 months ago

      Well said BigFrank. Learned my lesson. Dont drive in snow in heavy traffic sp not worth it. 

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    alisonjgp
    96
     8 months ago

    Ooh man, Glad you are ok but seems like you had all the necessary precautions. Whenever I judge someone by how they are dressed and think they must be ok because they are in nice clothes and smiling I think of Charles Manson... SO CREEPY!

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      momof4
      OP 7866 Rider Driver
       8 months ago

      He was in his 20's I am 53. I wouldnt suggest a young pretty girl do what I did. I would kill my daughter. I do get young drunk guys hit on me I just respond with "I am old enough to be your mother/grandmother" and I have a son your age or younger". We both laugh and they stop. I've only had 2 that persisted. Neither of them frightened me though. One I finally threw out of my car at his stop as he wanted to go driving with me & wouldnt get out at first. I just threatened him with where his "fragile package" would end up if he didnt get out.  The other one persisted the entire ride no matter what I said it wasnt working he thought it would "be cute" if we dated.  The whole time I am dealing with him his older brother who was in the back kept repeating something in Russian over and over the whole ride. I kept asking what he was saying. Finally I got him to tell me. I thought he was trying to get his little 21 yr old brother to s...

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      He was in his 20's I am 53. I wouldnt suggest a young pretty girl do what I did. I would kill my daughter. I do get young drunk guys hit on me I just respond with "I am old enough to be your mother/grandmother" and I have a son your age or younger". We both laugh and they stop. I've only had 2 that persisted. Neither of them frightened me though. One I finally threw out of my car at his stop as he wanted to go driving with me & wouldnt get out at first. I just threatened him with where his "fragile package" would end up if he didnt get out.  The other one persisted the entire ride no matter what I said it wasnt working he thought it would "be cute" if we dated.  The whole time I am dealing with him his older brother who was in the back kept repeating something in Russian over and over the whole ride. I kept asking what he was saying. Finally I got him to tell me. I thought he was trying to get his little 21 yr old brother to stop thinking it would be cute to date a 53 yr old. Although you would think thats what he would be saying I was way off. He was saying "your  back  tire isnt on right its going to fall off". Go figure. People are strange when they are drunk. Although I did check my tire after ride even though I knew nothing was wrong:) You will never guess what got him to give up on the dating. I was out of excuses so I said, "Uber will fire me. We are not allowed to date passengers". At first he said thats not true. I said look it up online its in the driver's handbook of rules page 21 paragraph 7.  Google it. He finally got out of car. It's definately not a job for young women especially when driving the late night drunk crowd. 

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      momof4
      OP 7866 Rider Driver
       8 months ago

      Happy I didnt see your post before. I never really thought of that. My dad was a Police Officer I know he is flipping over in his grave just because I drive for Uber. He probably jumped out out of his grave Saturday night.  

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      alisonjgp
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       8 months ago

      Oh wait or was it Ted Bundy? Idk one of them apparently was super charming...

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    PFontanetta
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     8 months ago

    Do you get lots of surges on a snowy day due to the fact that not as many drivers are out and more people would rather be driven?

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      momof4
      OP 7866 Rider Driver
       8 months ago

      I only did 2 trips 11.00 and 17.00 surge. The whole city along with Lower Bucks was surged. Surge was up to 30.00 in some areas. I will drive in snow but never again if traffic is heavy. Uber screwed me on both long pick up fees. One trip took 26 min the other 47 min. I was paid for 2 min for both for long pick up fee 1.97 and 2.57. They pd. me according to what it should've took not what it actually took. I emailed them countless time explaining the traffic and weather. They just kept sending me scripted responses on how long pick up fees work. I've done long pick ups during surge 20 min. received 7.00 but they were not hearing it this time. They also were telling riders my arrival time was what it usually takes no traffic or snow. Riders were getting annoyed. I had 3 or 4 cancel. I started texting riders my real arrival time so I wouldn't get anymore cancels.  Not worth it if traffic is heavy.