Uber and Left have definitely changed the way people travel. Mostly for good, but there are downsides. You’ll hear plenty of folks talk about how the drivers aren’t fairly compensated. I’ve never driven for a Uber or Lyft, so I can’t be sure. Judging by the number of people lobbing fireballs at me in this thread, I’d say there’s plenty of sentiment around lack of great pay.
It really irritates me when a driver takes me on a route other than the one I specify, especially when their decision costs me more time. As a business traveler, time is the most valuable commodity I have. Well, Lucky from One Mile at a Time had that problem, and then some:
Yesterday I had a driver try to pull a stunt that I’ve only had happen once before. The driver was an arrogant schmuck, he asked which way I wanted to go, I told him which way I thought would be fastest, and then he said “no, we take _______, it’s faster.” It wasn’t. The ride should have taken maybe 25 minutes, but took 40 minutes.
I didn’t argue with him or anything, I said thank you, and I gave him five stars. 10 minutes later I received an email from Uber saying that my fare had been corrected:
Ben goes on to tell that he received notification shortly thereafter that Uber had adjusted his fare to SUV rates since he had more than 4 passengers. Except there were only 2 people in the car. The driver just chose to try to steal a few dollars by increasing the fare after the fact.
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I’m not sure why this irritates me so much, but it does. I don’t know how complicated the process is on the driver’s part to get Uber to readjust the fare after the fact. I’m pretty sure it isn’t something you can do by accident. If that’s the case, then the driver should be suspended. Maybe I sound too militant. However, I doubt he got caught the first time he tried to inflate a fare. This is theft, pure and simple. It should be treated as such.
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