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Uber regulars are forgetting how to use taxis.

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lilly
1017 Rider Guru
 Posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Think about it, riders have become lazy and accustomed to every little detail being streamlined on the Uber app that when an Uber regular gets in a taxi they most likely will forget that they still have to tell the taxi driver where to go. Or in many cases that they still need to pay at the end of their ride.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hey-you-didnt-pay-uber-regulars-have-forgotten-how-to-behave-in-regular-cabs-1532095878

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    ChatswickFan
    258
     1 year ago

    @OP.  It's not just the regulars.  It's any young people age 18~22.  They never even learned to take taxis.

    Ask 100 of them whether they have a taxi phone number in their phones.  Tell me how many would have one.

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      lilly
      OP 1017 Rider Guru
       1 year ago

      I think I still have the taxi number in my phone of the guy who would always take us to the bars on Thursday night in college. So weird that college students have no need for this once valuable piece of information.

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    Denver28
    47 Rider
     1 year ago

    NYC here.  I can confirm this is true.  I am a grad student at NYU and the club I am in allows me to interact with the current undergrads.  None of them understant that those dome lights tell you when the cab is available or not.

    I honestly wonder if they know how to even hail one.  I can imagine how it may be a weird concept if you aren't used to it.  or grew up with it.

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    marisa
    14
     1 year ago

    Not going to lie - this happened to me the other day! I almost left the taxi without paying and the guy was like "hello?". It's just a bad habit with using Uber all the time! 

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    dwayneJR
    69
     1 year ago

    This was bound to happen. Taxis are dead. Just like kids don't know how to use rotary phones, record players, etc

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    frank3
    53 Rider
     1 year ago

    How awkward it must be to get in the car and just sit there waiting for the cab to move, meanwhile the driver is wondering why you are mute.

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    B-girlAnderson11
    83
     1 year ago

    I will that I have forgotten how to take taxis.  The concept has become a bit weird to me, even though I live in Manhattan and I see hundreds every day.  

    Actually, I often KNOW that I am waiting a lot longer for an UberX.  I would request one and 5 taxis would drive by. Every time, I am like, "oh, I guess I could have taken it."

    I can't imagine the younger millenials.  I wonder they would think, "oh, what are those things going by?"