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St.Patricks day was not kind to me! Did anyone else become a victim to Uber's surge pricing this weekend?

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LA Girl!
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 Posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I had fun Saint Patrick's day plans in the city and since I'm responsible, decided to take an Uber instead of try to drive anywhere. BUT! The uber was SOOOO expensive. It was $55 when normally it's around $20. I can't afford that! Even split a few ways, this was ridiculous. Shouldn't Uber make their surges less so they can actually reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road like they say they will? 

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    WindyCityRideshare
    Driver
     2 years ago

    If those holiday surges weren't so high, many if not most drivers wouldn't be out working at 2 AM.  They'd be out partying or they'd be home in bed.  And then the riders could be standing out in the cold waiting and waiting for a ride home.  Who thinks that's a better idea?

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    WindyCityRideshare
    Driver
     2 years ago

    No they shouldn't make their surges less just to be warm and fuzzy.  Uber said its existence can reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, and this is true, it certainly does.  But Uber doesn't exist primarily to do that.  It exists to make money for the company and the drivers.  In a free market economy, supply and demand dictate cost.  Surge pricing is an excellent example of that.  And that same surge pricing prevents riders from having to wait longer for rides by attracting drivers to busier areas.

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    johnjason
    9 Rider
     4 years ago

    did you try any other services? did lyft have a surge?

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    cheryl s
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     4 years ago

    try public transportation if you're that worried, but defintely don't drive drunk.

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    AdiK
    52 Rider
     4 years ago

    one time an uber driver told me that i should just close my app and reopen it and the surge can go away

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    janeypeters
    2
     4 years ago

    uber doesn't care about drunk drivers they just want to make money

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      WindyCityRideshare
      Driver
       2 years ago

      It's not that they don't care (we all care), but Uber's prime directive, as any business's is, is to make money (as you wrote).  One of the good things (one of the rare good things!) about Uber is the service does significantly reduce the number of drunk drivers, but that is only a (good) side effect of its existence.  
      If those holiday surges weren't so high, many if not most drivers wouldn't be out working at 2 AM. They'd be out partying or they'd be home in bed. And then the riders could be standing out in the cold waiting and waiting for a ride home. Who thinks that's a better idea?

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    jjsmith
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     4 years ago

    uber says the reason is because more people need drivers so the demand is up. all that supply and demand BS that they love to tell us so we pay more

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    willygerald
    7
     4 years ago

    yea.. that'll happen on holidays. Doesn't sound as bad as New Year's Eve, though. That is always terrible.