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The shutdown is turning prison guards into Uber drivers

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457 Driver Driver
 Posted 3 years, 10 months ago

It may get pretty competitive if everyone affected by government shut downs start driving Uber.

FRESNO, California — Aaron McGlothin works as a corrections officer at the federal prison in Mendota, California. He’s had a decades-long, stable career in corrections. But with no paycheck in sight due to the government shutdown, the 43-year-old has started driving for Uber to help make ends meet.

“It can be a little embarrassing,” he told VICE News while driving around Fresno in the rain on Saturday, looking for rides. “The embarrassing thing is, it's like, well — you have a job, you know? And then when people see this they're going to realize that, well heck, yeah you got a job, but you're not getting paid.”



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    8199 Rider Driver
     3 years ago

    It does suck for drivers who all ready drive full or part time. Its difficult in some areas to get rides, wait time for rides get longer, and short rides well we all know they make you no money. As frustrating as it is people have to feed their familys and pay their bills. Hopefully once gov. gets back these people give up on driving. Regardless more and mpte people sign up everyday to drive. Market is over saturated with drivers.

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     3 years ago

    Not just prison guards. all the government employees.

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    7 Rider
     3 years ago

    I have no problem with this until prison guard Bertha insists I be handcuffed during the ride.

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     3 years ago

    Don't government employees get back pay when they return to work? So this is like a free vacation.  It's not a bad deal if they can make extra cash as an Uber driver in the meantime. Assuming they have savings and the cash flow holds up