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My 2nd job is I am an Uber driver.  I enjoy it a great deal, I get to meet a lot of new people, and drive all around the state.  My first job is Wed-Sat nights, so I'm usually driving Mondays and Tuesdays only, with a little bit on Sundays.  Yesterday, the tip feature was added to my app, and I am now able to accept tips.  Today, Uber is matching all tips, doubling all tips.  Please tip your drivers.  We are using our own cars, and keeping up with the maintenance and cleaning and gas can be expensive.  We are also doing a community service; I believe there are fewer drunks on the road when it is so easy to order Uber's when they are drinking.

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Uber/Lyft is absolutely a community service and their success is what happens when the markets are free to fill a need without gov't. intervention. There has been a need for a long time for a form of transportation that one can call as needed that provides a clean car, a pleasant driver and a reasonable price that can be scheduled quickly.

Droves of older people that are afraid to drive because of poor eyesight are getting out into the world again. Uber/Lyft has literally given them some of their independence back. It's a wonderful thing when the market is free to create and respond to needs. The only issue I see is gov't wanting to get a slice of the pie taxing Uber/Lyft out of business or crony capitalism being implemented to force out Uber/Lyft on behalf of the taxi driver union.

And, as a side note, whether it's on the app or not, I always tip my driver cash as I'm grateful for the service and the cleanliness off the car.

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Does Uber take a cut of the tips?  Would it be more helpful to the driver to tip in straight cash?  I only Uber when I have to because I dislike the company, but if I ended up Ubering I would rather the majority of the money went to the driver not Uber itself.

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29 minutes ago, Yoda said:

I have never uber'd or lyft'd. 

I have only used uber something like 5 times, but man, is it super useful when your car is in the shop or your car won't start for whatever reason.

Super easy to use and convenient.

I know plenty of people who uber out and back for a night on the town so they aren't driving after drinking.

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1 hour ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

I have only used uber something like 5 times, but man, is it super useful when your car is in the shop 

I hadn't considered that. That is a fantastic idea. I usually go out of my way a little bit to a mechanic that offers loaner cars but it is nice to consider this as an option to bring it around the corner for small repairs.

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We've used them a few times on recent trips. I was fascinated by the types of vehicles we found in San Antonio. Prius, 300, mini van, pickup truck...

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Pro tip for those with a spouse from another hemisphere and/or takes a lot of business trips, like our good friend Biff.

Suppose you have a car (or both) that need repair, but is/are limping along with her scheduled to be out of town in the near future.

Day she leaves, take both cars to the airport, dropping the car off that needs service on the way, as you only need one car when she is gone.  Then take Uber over from your house to get the car when it is ready for pick-up.

Twice I've worked it where I dropped one car off, had it repaired, dropped my other car off at the mechanic to be serviced when I picked up the first one -> managed to get both cars fixed and returned home when she was out of town with no loss in mobility and minimal inconvenience.  All it took was one Uber trip on the backend for $10 or something.

I should probably add that I drive late model cars because I am cheap.  My newer car is a 2002.

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17 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

I hadn't considered that. That is a fantastic idea. I usually go out of my way a little bit to a mechanic that offers loaner cars but it is nice to consider this as an option to bring it around the corner for small repairs.

That is what friends are for.

Signed up to be a driver just so I had the option if I was bored or something to make a few extra bucks.  Went through the whole deal.  Never turned the app on.  Never used them in either case as a driver or a passenger.

The only use I would get out of it is if I was drunk and it was too late to call a friend.

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I don't feel like asking my friends to drive across Metro Detroit to give me a ride home from work.

Certainly not calling them at night to give me a ride from the bar.

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It's a great service. I use it almost any time my wife and I get a chance to go out to dinner or something like that where we might have a couple drinks. 

I do wish there was some sort of flat rate option or discounted option for longer trips. Not sure whether that would make financial sense or not for the company/driver. But I would like to be able to take an uber from Ann Arbor to a Tigers game and back. At the moment, it is too expensive to justify it. But I could maybe see it being worth it if it resulted in more people taking a trip that otherwise wouldn't. 

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2 hours ago, drownwithyou said:

Does Uber take a cut of the tips?  Would it be more helpful to the driver to tip in straight cash?  I only Uber when I have to because I dislike the company, but if I ended up Ubering I would rather the majority of the money went to the driver not Uber itself.

No they don't take a cut at all.  I don't mind straight cash, but today only Uber is matching all tips on the platform.  I'm up to 27 dollars in tips today, so with the match its 54 dollars.  It won't be this good all the time.  I had a ride out to Toledo in the morning, and asked for 20 dollars in tips as a return fee.  With Uber matching today, it made it worthwhile, since I had to drive 75 miles from Toledo to home without a passenger.

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10 minutes ago, Shelton said:

It's a great service. I use it almost any time my wife and I get a chance to go out to dinner or something like that where we might have a couple drinks. 

I do wish there was some sort of flat rate option or discounted option for longer trips. Not sure whether that would make financial sense or not for the company/driver. But I would like to be able to take an uber from Ann Arbor to a Tigers game and back. At the moment, it is too expensive to justify it. But I could maybe see it being worth it if it resulted in more people taking a trip that otherwise wouldn't. 

Drivers in Ann Arbor make 20% more than Detroit drivers.  I drive in AA as much as possible, but usually only when I get a ride there.

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3 hours ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Pro tip for those with a spouse from another hemisphere and/or takes a lot of business trips, like our good friend Biff.

Suppose you have a car (or both) that need repair, but is/are limping along with her scheduled to be out of town in the near future.

Day she leaves, take both cars to the airport, dropping the car off that needs service on the way, as you only need one car when she is gone.  Then take Uber over from your house to get the car when it is ready for pick-up.

Twice I've worked it where I dropped one car off, had it repaired, dropped my other car off at the mechanic to be serviced when I picked up the first one -> managed to get both cars fixed and returned home when she was out of town with no loss in mobility and minimal inconvenience.  All it took was one Uber trip on the backend for $10 or something.

I should probably add that I drive late model cars because I am cheap.  My newer car is a 2002.

Not bad.  Our mechanic or one of his worker usually will use one of his cars to drop off customers or pick them up if their car is done.  There's probably some limit to this, but we just live a few miles away from his shop. 

 

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3 hours ago, cruzer1 said:

No they don't take a cut at all.  I don't mind straight cash, but today only Uber is matching all tips on the platform.  I'm up to 27 dollars in tips today, so with the match its 54 dollars.  It won't be this good all the time.  I had a ride out to Toledo in the morning, and asked for 20 dollars in tips as a return fee.  With Uber matching today, it made it worthwhile, since I had to drive 75 miles from Toledo to home without a passenger.

How's that work when the destination is so far away? Is there an option to decline the request? Did you consider sticking around Toledo for a bit, or is it pretty dead there?

Next time I use uber I hope it says that "Rob" will be arriving soon. We could talk about team speed. 

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6 hours ago, cruzer1 said:

My 2nd job is I am an Uber driver.  I enjoy it a great deal, I get to meet a lot of new people, and drive all around the state.  My first job is Wed-Sat nights, so I'm usually driving Mondays and Tuesdays only, with a little bit on Sundays.  Yesterday, the tip feature was added to my app, and I am now able to accept tips.  Today, Uber is matching all tips, doubling all tips.  Please tip your drivers.  We are using our own cars, and keeping up with the maintenance and cleaning and gas can be expensive.  We are also doing a community service; I believe there are fewer drunks on the road when it is so easy to order Uber's when they are drinking.

I'm sure you are a great driver Cruzer, but I see a ton of Uber (and Lyft) cars every day here in downtown LA.  And to be honest, they are the freaking worst drivers collectively, that I have ever seen. Therefore I could never take an Uber/Lyft.   I suspect that's probably because these people are driving downtown, not in suburbia where it might be easier to pick someone up, etc.  But these people driving here are just plain dangerous.  I've seen them cause multiple accidents and I'm surprised its not more. 

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I've uber'd around Detroit quite a bit.  It's really great.  But, ballmich is right, or at least, my experience supports what he said.  The drivers I was with were violating laws all over the place. Not just speeding, but running stop signs, turning wrong way down one way, etc. 

 

But it was awesome for bar hopping around town.

 

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2 hours ago, screwball said:

UBER (private company) is expected to IPO at some point.

Buy the snot out of it. :-)

The company is looking to give some shares to the drivers.  I am eagerly awaiting them.

If you haven't driven with a safe Uber driver, then you haven't been one of my riders.  I have a clean record, no points no accidents.

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12 hours ago, Shelton said:

Did you consider sticking around Toledo for a bit, or is it pretty dead there?

The Mud Hens were on the road, so with Deuce out of town, the metropolis was in recovery mode.

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7 hours ago, cruzer1 said:

The company is looking to give some shares to the drivers.  I am eagerly awaiting them.

If you haven't driven with a safe Uber driver, then you haven't been one of my riders.  I have a clean record, no points no accidents.

That's nice of them.

Uber's financials are improving: It lost $708 million on $3.4 billion in revenue in Q1 - CNBC

 

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Uber was a godsend when we travelled to SF on business.  Less hassle than a cab.  Didn't care about cost as it was all expensed.  But in a city like that?  Fugghedaboutit

 

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I walked to a taxi stand in Paris last summer to go to the airport. It was 6am. I was about to call the taxi phone number but a Uber driver pulled up, we agreed on a flat rate to the airport that would be about $10 cheaper than the taxi, he had a decent car. We got in. Very friendly guy, from West Africa, talked a lot in broken French and broken English. This was a great experience! Until conversation slowed as we got into a traffic jam close to the airport. No problem, we didn't want to break his concentration. When things stalled with stop and start traffic, he was a bit slow to start up again a few times. Until one time there was a 30 ft gap between our car and the car ahead. Then we heard snoring from the front seat ...

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If you are a driver, do you get to pick your customers? Can you pick the customers with destinations you want? Do we really need to converse as I'm not a social person?

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I've only used UberEats, which I love.  But my girls both use it, esp. as a DD when going out.  

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