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The shutdown is turning prison guards into Uber drivers

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BrianTheScrewDriver
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 Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

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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.”

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/mbyzex/the-shutdown-is-turning-prison-guards-into-uber-drivers


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    momof4
    7157 Rider Driver
     5 months 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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    JavierX
    191 Driver
     5 months ago

    I sort of resent these guys that they "have" to drive Uber around. What about us who drive it regularly?!!

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      BillderBo
      7 Rider
       5 months ago

      I'm wondering what percent of Uber/Lyft drivers do it to "fill-in" during down times in their income? Depending on how you define it, I imagine more than half of drivers might meet that definition. So I have no trouble with federal employees keeping up cash-flow by driving. That is the nature of ride-share.

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        AngieKM169
        102 Rider
         5 months ago

        I personally agree with your view but the reality is that there are people who drive as a profession and Uber is a full time gig. They will be hurt by the disruption. 

        It’s like when I used to wait tables at a restaurant, I would see the store owner boost the waitstaff, and as a result the hours were cut drastically despite it not being my fault. Fair?  Sure the owner can do whatever he wants, but it stil affected us negatively and lowered the quality of our lives. 

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          BillderBo
          7 Rider
           5 months ago

          Fair enough. I do sympathize with anyone who has to scramble in the face of competition. It is, as you say, the reality.

          It comes down to the tension between the beauty of the ride-share model and the variability that makes it not work well at all times for all drivers.

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            SmittenKitten
            1830 Rider
             4 months ago

            This is a super interesting topic. We are at a juncture where this "gig" of driving rideshares will be defined as either a "on the side thing" vs. "a profession." I honestly don't think anyone really knows.

            Uber always wanted it to be purely a contractor gig. You do it whenever you can. It's "RIDE-share", like a carpool, where normal people driver other normal people.  It was purely a side-gig, and that's how all the drivers are still considered as "independent contractors" with no benefits

            Then there is an opposing force where some entities and people want these workers to be employees. Reverting this new industry back to what it was before of having normal workers and often on full time basis. Regulators and professional drivers seem to prefer this option.

            I personally want the concept of "gig-economy" to thrive and not let this end as "an industry that slightly improved due to new technology (smartphones)"

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    DFosterG11
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     4 months ago

    Not just prison guards. all the government employees.

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    BillderBo
    7 Rider
     5 months ago

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

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    DimSumUng
    125
     5 months 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