Daughter's housemate sitting on front porch, 8am. Me, "no work today?"
Her, "waiting for my Uber ride. Company party after work yesterday and didn't want to drive thereafter. Left car at work.
Wow! How responsible and convenient. Uber cars show up in a few minutes, no cash or credit card required, no tipping. Several people can pile in.
She claims all her acquaintances are doing the same.
I expect drunk driving reate to be down, although local politicians would never ascribe it to Uber or Lyft.
I'm impressed by today's youth and the entrepreneurialship of these services.
Responsible persons who occasionally have a little too much to drink
have been doing this for decades, using cabs or calling friends. The
truly hardcore drunk drivers still drive, because the issue underlying
their boozing is their anti-social attitude. They just don't care if
they put other people at risk. It's all about their right to do
whatever they please, including driving drunk, driving on a suspended
or revoked license, and driving without insurance.
Kinda makes one wonder who is setting stds for uber drivers. If
cabbies, who pay big $$$$ for medallions, get caught doing something
wrong, they risk losing those costly medallions. What do uber drivers
lose if caught DUI?
Nobody, apparently. A number of them have been arrested for assaulting
or robbing customers. They've hired convicted rapists as drivers.
They've had disgruntled drivers force customers out of their car and
then drive off and abandon them. Since Uber says the drivers are not
their employees, but are independent contractors, they seem to do more
talking than screening.
Well, if they're carrying insurance, the insurance company won't like
it. If Uber finds out, they'll be fired. Uber drivers earn starvation
wages, so it's not a job one can support oneself on. And Uber scammed
a great many of them into participating in a vehicular purchase
program through Uber where they ended up buying vehicles they couldn't
afford on bad terms, under the assumption that it would increase their
Uber earning power. But they aren't earning enough to afford the
upgraded vehicles Uber wanted them driving.
Uber's business plan boils down to making other people do the work,
assume the liability, spend the money on required work tools (car,
fuel, insurance, smart phone), then funnel the vast majority of the
income earned to Uber.
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