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Riders, Why are you putting fake names on your Uber & Lyft account? Be prepared for longer wait times or getting cancelled.

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momof4
7607 Rider Driver
 Posted 3 weeks ago

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Drivers are seeing more fake names coming up on rider accounts. A few names have been [email protected] Swallower, Satan, Killer, the boss, the man Little M, F, M, TotheWindow, Captain America and many more. Drivers are not accepting your request or are cancelling your trip. Drivers are not safe as it is out there. You can sign up with an Uber gift card, a Visa gift card, and then put any name you want. Many drivers will not accept your request or they will cancel on you. If you have a fake name be prepared to possibly have longer wait, times,  drivers cancelling on you, or be rated less than 5 stars. You may think its funny, cool, or whatever but all your doing is pissing off drivers and making them feel unsafe.  Please stop doing this. 

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    JosephGould76
    15
     2 weeks ago

    This reminds me of the HotSpot name at a crowded airport. It had the ID, “yell penis for free WiFi.”

    Found it  


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    Uberserge
    427 Rider Driver
     2 weeks ago

    How about U/L only allow pax to register with a valid driver's license? It's required for the driver. I've had my share of those fake names, pass the ping to an 🐜.

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      EricH1973
      12
       2 weeks ago

      My recollection serves me correctly, didn’t they used to require it?  And the full name would appear to the drivers. 

      I also remember how this became a problem because drivers were allegedly cherry picking up riders based on race and gender.  

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        Uberserge
        427 Rider Driver
         2 weeks ago

        They did but in their haste to grow rider base, they allow anyone with a valid CC. I cherry pick with the info on the ping screen. Such as pickup location, pax rating, distance to pickup. Once I accept a ride it’s rare that I cancel unless they’re super drunk or super late. My car my rules. If you show up to pick someone up and cancel, you waisted your time and gas as well as the pax. 

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    lionfool
    196 Rider Driver
     2 weeks ago

    I don't pick people up with stupid obviously fake names. If you want to be clever you can do it somewhere else but not in my car.

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      momof4
      7607 Rider Driver
       2 weeks ago

      When I see some of these names I assume its a teenager, drunk young 20 something, immature idiot who thinks they are funny, or someone I am just not picking up. I'ts not worth wasting my time & gas to take the fool .5 up the road to the corner bar or the .5 mile home dealing with their dumb drunk ass. 

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        lionfool
        196 Rider Driver
         2 weeks ago

        Yup me too. Exactly that.

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          momof4
          7607 Rider Driver
           2 weeks ago

          😊 Drivers when we decline the fools with BS names

          😥😴😡 Riders with fake names that wait an extra 30 min for a ride too stupid to realize why its taking so long

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    RedANT
    1034 Rider Driver
     2 weeks ago

    This baffles me as well.  Riders demand safety.  They make a  big deal about "what's my name" and other crap like that, but they refuse to extend the same courtesies to their drivers.  My safety in my vehicle comes first.  

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      momof4
      7607 Rider Driver
       2 weeks ago

      I am not picking anybody up with a fake name. In Lyft when I see it I decline. Uber once I accept trip and see the name is fake I'll cancel. My problem is mostly with Lyft  I dont see it as much on Uber. I am not pulling up and saying, " are you [email protected], The Man, Killer, Satan". Dint these riders see they are waiting longer for pick up or getting cancelled. Uber and Lyft need to make riders sign up with valid State ID & credit card. Then they can add gift cards to use. This is so not fair to drivers. The only safety we have is to check their name and rating. Nothing else. We roll the dice on every trip. I dont see why they cant do this. Something as simple as making them use their real damn name. As I am responding to your post I accidentally accepted an Uber request with a 4.17 rating. The name was BigJohnson. I obviously cancelled. It's probably a minor under 18 who thinks they are funny or a young college kid. Now that I think about I havent had a...

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      I am not picking anybody up with a fake name. In Lyft when I see it I decline. Uber once I accept trip and see the name is fake I'll cancel. My problem is mostly with Lyft  I dont see it as much on Uber. I am not pulling up and saying, " are you [email protected], The Man, Killer, Satan". Dint these riders see they are waiting longer for pick up or getting cancelled. Uber and Lyft need to make riders sign up with valid State ID & credit card. Then they can add gift cards to use. This is so not fair to drivers. The only safety we have is to check their name and rating. Nothing else. We roll the dice on every trip. I dont see why they cant do this. Something as simple as making them use their real damn name. As I am responding to your post I accidentally accepted an Uber request with a 4.17 rating. The name was BigJohnson. I obviously cancelled. It's probably a minor under 18 who thinks they are funny or a young college kid. Now that I think about I havent had any female fake names. I should've went to pick up location sat up the street waited 5, cancelled, and left. You want to do stupid crap like that you deserve to get charged. Something needs to change. I gave up the bar crowds. Stick to family and business men and women. Some are self entitled and treat you like your their personal car service but most are nice & respectful. 

      One other thing I wish riders would stop. "I'll tip you in the app", "I'll tip you big in the app", or (2 passengers) "John we have to tip her in the app, she was the best driver we ever had". I just want to laugh at them. Why bother to say you will tip and then not follow through? 

      RIDERS

      WHY DO YOU TELL DRIVERS YOU WILL TIP THEM IN THE APP? AND NOT FOLLOW THROUGH? Do you know how many times we hear this maybe 1 in 5 will follow through. What is the purpose of saying it? What do you think we will do or not do if you say "I'll tip you in the app"

      Is there a passenger out there on the guru forum who does this please please explain why. Post your answer anonymously but please answer:) We are all curious. 



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        LazarST
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         2 weeks ago

        People scare riders with low ratings that their wait time will be longer (i.e. the time it takes for the driver to accept), but it’s literally a difference of 5 seconds and 30 seconds. 

        I heard this is because the driver gets fifteen seconds to decline. Hence even two denial will be 30+ seconds.  Ain’t bad since we have to wait 5-10 minutes for the ride anyways.  Sorry. Not trying to be mean. 

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          momof4
          7607 Rider Driver
           2 weeks ago

          Your forgetting if the 1st driver is 5 min away & declines, the next driver may be 10 min away & declines, and lts say the 3rd driver is 20 min away but accepts your request. I can tell you from experience I've had low rated rider request come in I decline, 5 min later it pings my phone again, again I decline, 7 min later it pings my phone again, again I decline, 20 min later it pings my phone again I decline. Once a driver finally accepts he could be 5 min to 30 min from your location. You all ready waited for me to decline 4X in 20 min and I think its safe to say if it hits my phone 4X quite a few drivers are declining the trip  How is that not a longer wait? I am not trying to "scare" anyone. I am just saying what really goes on. Do you think all drivers meet up and plan what we can post to scare riders? I can assure you that doesnt happen. I could care less what a rider rating is. If it's below the rating I feel is too low for me to go pick up I de...

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          Your forgetting if the 1st driver is 5 min away & declines, the next driver may be 10 min away & declines, and lts say the 3rd driver is 20 min away but accepts your request. I can tell you from experience I've had low rated rider request come in I decline, 5 min later it pings my phone again, again I decline, 7 min later it pings my phone again, again I decline, 20 min later it pings my phone again I decline. Once a driver finally accepts he could be 5 min to 30 min from your location. You all ready waited for me to decline 4X in 20 min and I think its safe to say if it hits my phone 4X quite a few drivers are declining the trip  How is that not a longer wait? I am not trying to "scare" anyone. I am just saying what really goes on. Do you think all drivers meet up and plan what we can post to scare riders? I can assure you that doesnt happen. I could care less what a rider rating is. If it's below the rating I feel is too low for me to go pick up I decline. It really makes no difference to me. I am in a warm dry car in the rain and a cool dry car in the hot summer. I decline your ride 10 others are right behind yours. I am not trying to be mean. Drivers dont sit around to make up lies to scare riders. You may have to wait longer. However some drivers dont care about the ratings and some are new so they havent figured out it may be in their best interest to decline low rated riders. If you had a choice of a 4.95 rated driver and a 4.40 driver which one would you choose?

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            LazarST
            48
             2 weeks ago

            good point but the reality is that we all seem to get rides pretty quickly.  Mine isn’t great at 4.67 but have no trouble. 

            Quick question. Does the request ever go back to the drivers who have already declined?  

            Another one. Is there ever a situation where I wouldn’t get a ride eventually because too many drivers declined? Or the distance of the potential drivers got too far?) Maybe I should create another thread for this. 

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            LG-PA
            806 Driver
             2 weeks ago

            One other thing passengers do not realize is that in their opinion a driver rated 4.40 or 4.94 is still good. 

            They will think a  2.1 is a bad driver. 

            Any driver with a rating of 4.40 (if the platform allows them to drive) may as well be considered a 2.6, as at 4.60 drivers get canned:)

            I too do not pick up any low rated passengers and obviously made up names. I had one last night come in from GoGo Grandparents, thought it was a name created by some smart ass grandpa for his account, but turns out it is a service where people without smartphones call in and that GoGoGrandparents servce orders them a Lyft obviously charging them a hefty service fee, like $15 on top of a $50 ride. few rides like that and these non smart phone folks could have paid for a cheap sart phone with all the moneys they waste in surcharges

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              Gidget&Max
              3
               2 weeks ago

              I’m going to make my handle, “I tip very well.”

              Joking, of course. 

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                LeonardGirsh
                 2 weeks ago

                For even better results make it

                “I’ll Tip You In The App”

                Guarantee you will get the shortest times, lol

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      ChatswickFan
      247
       2 weeks ago

      Well, as a female, I was actually instructed to only put my first initial so the drivers wouldn’t be able to plan doing anything weird. 

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        RedANT
        1034 Rider Driver
         2 weeks ago

        If you don't trust drivers, how can you possibly justify requesting a ride in our cars?

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          ChatswickFan
          247
           2 weeks ago

          We do what we can do protect ourselves, right? Of course, there is a level of trust, but it's naive to think we can trust every driver fully .

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            RedANT
            1034 Rider Driver
             2 weeks ago

            Trust is a two way street.  You're requesting a ride in my car, sitting behind me, and you think that you're the one that needs trust?  Really?

            For every over hyped media story about dangerous drivers, there are dozens of untold stories of drivers being assaulted, and even killed, by the people in their back seat.  Your driver is much more at risk than you are.  

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    JustSchmidt
    86 Rider
     2 weeks ago

    Bart: Uh, yes, I'm looking for a friend of mine. Last name Jass. First name Hugh.


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    ShamedJames
    97
     2 weeks ago

    To drivers, this is a profession. You approach it seriously.  To riders, this is just a routine to get around. You approach it casually and with some humor. 

    They think it’s victimless and perhaps injects humor into the interactions. (A bit crass looking at your examples, sure.) I don’t think it crosses their mind that this can be a safety issue or slower pick up. 

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    chicago49
    252 Driver
     2 weeks ago

    It's the kids these days. Low effort humor is all they know.

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      momof4
      7607 Rider Driver
       2 weeks ago

      True. Everything is a joke. Thats my theory its minors, young drunk college kids, or extremely immature adults. Everyone wants to protect the riders but dont give a crap about drivers. Riders have all our info on their phone but too drunk, lazy, or impatient to actually verify it. Drivers ask that riders put their real name. Apparently for some people Uber doesn't require it so why not use a fake name? They want to be anonymous. Why because they are super special (thats what mommy & daddys been telling them) . Other than knowing I am not picking up a minor, an immature adult, or a possible problem rider. I need your name to address you properly (I have respect), make sure I have the correct rider. Once you leave my car ask me 20 min later what the persons name was from my last trip? Not a clue. It doesnt matter anymore their trip is over. I dont like being sarcastic towards people that post but 2 comments on here 1 more so than the other is a wise @$$. So just returning the attitude. Sorry Chicago I just went to agree with your post:) Went on my soapbox:)

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    johnfrater
    18
     2 weeks ago

    I had no idea this was a thing. I wonder if people think it is more of a screenname? We live in such a digital age where everyone is just used to screen names, maybe using their real name felt weird or perhaps the millenials are forgetting their real names altogether...

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    Bigfrank
    410 Driver Driver Rider
     2 weeks ago

    No shortage of jerkoff riders 

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    ScottWhite
    11
     2 weeks ago

    I didn't even know you could do this. Don't they just verify it off of your credit card on file or something?

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      momof4
      7607 Rider Driver
       2 weeks ago

      They can use a Visa GC or Uber GC. When a rider signs up they basically can make it all up. Get deactivated for low rating and be back on platform in 10 min under new name, email, Visa Debit card you buy anywhere that sells them. So when I pick up  "killer" or  "the boss" they can hack me up, stuff me into a bucket and throw me to the sharks. Killer or the boss wouldnt be found because Uber and Lyft dont care about drivers. One hundrec Fifty more will sign up before the sharks finish me off. A pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed in Arizona a few months ago . Lyft didnt even come out with a statement. I am certain they didnt send any money to her 3 other small children. Probably sent a letter saying we are sorry and rider was deactivated until he signs up with new name and gc. In reality they probably never deactivated her killer. They have no respect whatsoever nor do they care about drivers. As she lay bleeding to death they probably were threatening to deactivate her for missing request. 

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      AKalligon
      47
       2 weeks ago

      You are giving them way too much credit.  They want to keep all paying customers. :)

      also, i wonder if there is an element of FTC in here.  They may not be able to force people to use their real names as these "names" are being shared to drivers and potentially others. 

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    ClayClaymore
    106 Rider
     2 weeks ago

    Because it’s funny. 

    And there’s always  advantages in anonymity. If Uber doesn’t require it, why not?

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      cheesehead
      496 Driver Rider
       2 weeks ago

      Sure just like clay claymore is funny, not.

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        MattC
        44 Rider Driver
         6 days ago

        Clay claymore not funny, drunk, stupid college kid. Thinks he is funny. His name on the app is probably douche bag.

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        momof4
        7607 Rider Driver
         2 weeks ago

        Clay is either a minor, drunk college kid, or immature adult. Pick one. 

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      momof4
      7607 Rider Driver
       2 weeks ago

      I was going to respond but not worth my time.