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What is the shortest Uber or Lyft ride that you have given/taken?

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EllaOfCinder
206 Rider
 Posted 4 years, 3 months ago

There must be some funny stories around this?

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    RPaulson
    558 Driver
     4 years ago

    The answer is not as interesting as it sounds.  Certainly not as fun as the longest ride stories.

    I regularly drive someone literally 1 city block to the destinations.  It's usually people who don't check the addresses and mistakenly call an Uber despite the fact they are pretty much already at the location.

    Some people knowingly do it.  I drive in NYC and there are many tourists in mid-town.  There are some people when they cannot find a location, they just call a taxi or an Uber.  Is it smart?  I am not sure. I guess?

    Then there are people who knowingly do it.  They just don't want to walk the streets.  Sometimes they are VIPs or celebrities.  Sometimes they are simply spoiled (and high-society).  Sometimes they want to avoid the rain.

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      AsStibelDude
      668 Driver
       4 years ago

      Well, one-city block in NYC could be a pretty long way, my friend. 

      but, yeah, whenever it rains, people do randomly jump on taxis and Ubers.  That' pretty much a norm.  It's a minimum fare bonanza.  This happens even in a walking city like Boston.

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    DDominico69
    188 Driver
     4 years ago

    Here's a trip that never left the parking lot of a mall.

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    EjiEzeEze
    323 Rider Driver
     4 years ago

    This one gets two prizes.  Being short and arriving at the same location.  $4.00

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    ShadyPeteMD
    188 Driver
     4 years ago

    One-way street is a pain on a Uber.

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    WWBlueStuff
    268 Driver
     4 years ago

    My shortest was 15 seconds. I picked up her in front of a mall and I drove her kitty corner away to the restaurant.  She was not disabled.  She got off, without a word.  I really couldn't tell if she was super embarassed or totally meant to do it. 

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    CWalcutt75
    258 Driver
     4 years ago

    Speaking of arriving at the same place...

    Not a good performance by the driver.  You'd better hope this was a multi-destination trip.

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    RacRay79
    142 Driver
     4 years ago

    I just picked up a young girl who got off the train.  When I started the ride, it was literally across the street.  I asked her if she entered the address wrong (maybe she mixed up the destination as her current locaiton), but she embarassingly told me that's right. She apologized profusely and asked what to do.  I said there isn't much i can do, so I drove her across the street.  Even if either of us cancelled, she would have been charged the minimum, so..

    This seems to happen every few months for me.  Maybe every 500 rides or so?  

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      RacRay79
      142 Driver
       4 years ago

      Oh, funny thing I noticed.  Some of these rides are so short that sometimes the Uber app doesn't recognize it as a trip.  In this case, you HAVE to drive a little bit to register.

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        AGirlHasNoName
        116
         4 years ago

        I dont' get it.  what do you mean.  It should at least be tracking the time you sit there, right?  

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          RacRay79
          142 Driver
           4 years ago

          When you pick up a passenger and start a ride, the app shows you some information about the rider as well as the destination. At that point, there isn't the green "Complete Trip" button yet, so you literally cannot end the trip.  You have to drive a bit.  Actually if I wait a few moments maybe it'll let me.