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(Fox Business)   Well what do you know? Turns out all those flexible non-employee Uber and Lyft drivers also enjoy the flexibility of not driving for Uber and Lyft   (foxbusiness.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Supply and demand, Lyft combat driver shortages, ride-share companies, New York, Vice President of the United States, height of COVID-19, Industry analysts, higher rates  
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1061 clicks; posted to Business » on 11 Jun 2021 at 9:20 AM (8 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-06-11 8:09:36 AM  
This is one of those times I actually know someone in this situation. A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago. They have now gotten a job driving for a dispensary making twice what they were (pre tips) for Lyft.
 
2021-06-11 8:15:55 AM  
FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.
 
2021-06-11 8:36:05 AM  
Uber/Lyft has always bothered me. I'm happy to use it when I'm in the states. But I know I'm benefitting from something that's wrong.
 
2021-06-11 9:23:37 AM  

snocone: FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.


I don't know... taxi service for a reliable driver is one of those jobs where shutting the hell up, driving with speed and precision, knowing what's shut down in advance and planning each ride on the fly means you can pull 3x the fares of a regular wheel jockey.

/Worked as a taxi driver for a few months, brutal hours, but I was making $100+ an hour.
//Still not worth it.
 
2021-06-11 9:41:29 AM  
The surge is hitting big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago especially hard.

Wrong!  Everyone knows covid changed everything forever and these are now ghost towns because everyone moved to Dickless Corners, Arkansas.
 
2021-06-11 9:50:48 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The surge is hitting big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago especially hard.

Wrong!  Everyone knows covid changed everything forever and these are now ghost towns because everyone moved to Dickless Corners, Arkansas.


In Dickless Corners, the 2 inch man is king.
 
2021-06-11 9:57:30 AM  
I can confirm. I tried to order Lyft and Uber yesterday around 6PM here in Los Angeles. No drivers available, either app.
 
2021-06-11 10:02:31 AM  

Jedekai: snocone: FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.

I don't know... taxi service for a reliable driver is one of those jobs where shutting the hell up, driving with speed and precision, knowing what's shut down in advance and planning each ride on the fly means you can pull 3x the fares of a regular wheel jockey.

/Worked as a taxi driver for a few months, brutal hours, but I was making $100+ an hour.
//Still not worth it.


But (if) you were a regular taxi driver, the vehicle you drove was owned and maintained by the taxi company, not you.  Big difference.

Uber an Lyft outsourcing the cost of owning and maintaining its fleet of Taxis to its technically-not-employees has been one of the biggest & slimiest scams of the Silicon Valley era, and that's saying something.
 
2021-06-11 10:03:09 AM  
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2021-06-11 10:07:43 AM  

snocone: FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.


Yeah. I drove for them under their luxury service for a bit and I would go to like shows and special events. On a good night I'd make half that an hour. Nothing to sneeze at, but then they started dicking around with the rates and I said fark that.
 
2021-06-11 10:25:32 AM  

crustysandman: A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago.


This is unemployment insurance fraud.  In theory, he could go to jail for doing that.  IE, if you have a job, you can't just quit because the UI check is larger.
 
2021-06-11 10:29:50 AM  

Jedekai: snocone: FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.

I don't know... taxi service for a reliable driver is one of those jobs where shutting the hell up, driving with speed and precision, knowing what's shut down in advance and planning each ride on the fly means you can pull 3x the fares of a regular wheel jockey.

/Worked as a taxi driver for a few months, brutal hours, but I was making $100+ an hour.
//Still not worth it.


Regular taxi service has degraded to the point where it is completely useless unless you are going to the airport and then you might as well take a cheaper airport shuttle van.

I once called several regular taxi companies the day before I needed to pick up my car from the shop.  Most didn't even pretend to want my business unless I was going to the airport.  Eventually I found a place that would take a reservation.  I set up a day and time for them to pick me up.  They never showed, and after the third call complaining that they hadn't I figured out they never really were going to.  I used Uber for the first time and they came within 10 minutes.

Fark regular taxis.
 
2021-06-11 10:35:41 AM  

Geotpf: crustysandman: A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago.

This is unemployment insurance fraud.  In theory, he could go to jail for doing that.  IE, if you have a job, you can't just quit because the UI check is larger.


If you're a freelance contractor you can collect unemployment so long as you're looking for other work. As far as I know anyhow.
 
2021-06-11 10:41:07 AM  

Jedekai: snocone: FTA, driver reports making $200/hour before pandemic.

This is a lie.

I don't know... taxi service for a reliable driver is one of those jobs where shutting the hell up, driving with speed and precision, knowing what's shut down in advance and planning each ride on the fly means you can pull 3x the fares of a regular wheel jockey.

/Worked as a taxi driver for a few months, brutal hours, but I was making $100+ an hour.
//Still not worth it.


This seems to be the biggest difference I've noticed between Uber/Lyft drivers and proper medallion taxis where I live (Paris), as both a passenger and also as a driver who shares a road with them.

Anecdotally, Uber/Lyft drivers seem to overwhelmingly rely on GPS directions, usually from Google Maps or Waze.  And so they all end up taking the same routes, namely sticking to the wide boulevards that Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann built, because *on the maps* those are the largest arterial roads and if you're going from one place to another it's far more direct than getting into the side-streets one-way maze.  And as a result, they all end up stuck in the same traffic jams, at the same spots, at the same time.

Whereas a taxi driver, being a professional city driver and not (as is frequently the case) someone moonlighting for extra cash, usually knows when to take the arterials, and when your best choice is to detour onto the side streets.  And they know the street network well enough to be able to do it on the fly.  So while you might travel twice as far as by taking the boulevard, it ends up being faster and cheaper to wind your way through the one-ways because you're not stopped in traffic nearly as much.

/Ride share drivers also seem to be a lot worse at driving in city traffic
 
2021-06-11 10:51:39 AM  

Geotpf: crustysandman: A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago.

This is unemployment insurance fraud.  In theory, he could go to jail for doing that.  IE, if you have a job, you can't just quit because the UI check is larger.


A year ago there was no demand for rides, so he would have had no freelance income. As long as he would have been looking for a steady job he could have been on unemployment.
 
2021-06-11 10:51:46 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Geotpf: crustysandman: A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago.

This is unemployment insurance fraud.  In theory, he could go to jail for doing that.  IE, if you have a job, you can't just quit because the UI check is larger.

If you're a freelance contractor you can collect unemployment so long as you're looking for other work. As far as I know anyhow.


Unless he was fired from Lyft (yeah right), he could, um, look there.
 
2021-06-11 11:15:47 AM  

Geotpf: HotWingConspiracy: Geotpf: crustysandman: A buddy of mine quit Lyft for unemployment a year ago.

This is unemployment insurance fraud.  In theory, he could go to jail for doing that.  IE, if you have a job, you can't just quit because the UI check is larger.

If you're a freelance contractor you can collect unemployment so long as you're looking for other work. As far as I know anyhow.

Unless he was fired from Lyft (yeah right), he could, um, look there.


They don't really hire and fire though. And maybe he did, but due to covid steady fares were unavailable and a losing proposition.

Freelancers can collect unemployment.
 
2021-06-11 11:32:20 AM  

ongbok: Rapmaster2000: The surge is hitting big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago especially hard.

Wrong!  Everyone knows covid changed everything forever and these are now ghost towns because everyone moved to Dickless Corners, Arkansas.

In Dickless Corners, the 2 inch man is king.


When do I get sized for my crown?
 
2021-06-11 12:00:43 PM  
Uber has been sending out $100 bonus offers to complete 3 trips in a weekend for drivers who haven't driven for a long while.
Hot, sweaty, unvaxed strangers in my car? Nah, keep your money.
 
2021-06-11 12:13:59 PM  

WhiskeySticks: Uber has been sending out $100 bonus offers to complete 3 trips in a weekend for drivers who haven't driven for a long while.
Hot, sweaty, unvaxed strangers in my car? Nah, keep your money.


So much this! Other people smell. Then your car smells. No amount of money makes that worthwhile.

Maybe if I was allowed to get out and smell them first, before they're allowed in, but I can't imagine many people would be okay with that. 'Sokay, though - most probably wouldn't pass the sniff test anyway
 
2021-06-11 12:47:55 PM  
People who have "older" cars can't do this at all. Sorry, poors. Go be poor somewhere else.
 
2021-06-11 12:59:53 PM  
I finally put the Lyft app on my phone. Figures.

But if prices are going to go up, I'm going to call a cab. An actual professional who knows his/her way around is better than watching some dude flail with google maps.
 
2021-06-11 1:46:55 PM  

Geotpf: regular taxi service has degraded to the point where it is completely useless unless you are going to the airport


Never been to NYC have you?

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2021-06-11 2:44:59 PM  

damageddude: Geotpf: regular taxi service has degraded to the point where it is completely useless unless you are going to the airport

Never been to NYC have you?

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Because NYC is the only thing in the world!
 
2021-06-11 2:59:11 PM  
I took a year off from driving, before I got fully vaxxed I couldn't risk it.  A couple months back I was getting crazy offers from Lyft - a $300 bonus for doing 10 rides in a week, for example.  I couldn't do it that week because I was out of town on business, but I caught a $200-for-ten the next week.  Since then, the offers have dried up, pretty much.  I now get $18 3-ride streak bonus offers at ridiculous hours, like starting the streak between 0300-0400.  I don't drive for a living, just when my wallet starts barking at me, so I don't live or die by their whims.
 
2021-06-11 3:09:04 PM  
...and no sooner do I post this than Lyft posts a powerzone over the entire Boston-Cambridge-Somerville area with $10-$15 bonuses.  Shame I'm out of town again this week.
 
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