I began driving for Uber in March 2017.
It is the first time I was ever hired for something and never spoke to anyone in the process!!
As most Americans know now … Uber is not small potatoes.
Uber Technologies Inc. Founded in March of 2009 is in 633 cities worldwide. It’s net income is $6.5 Billion. Uber is headquartered in San Francisco. This according to Wikipedia.
Transforming the taxi cab industry by removing the discomfort of tipping and making the price of a trip firmly predefined via the internet through credit and debit card purchase. Uber is referred to as ride sharing.
Getting rides can actually be a money and time saver for a lot of people, especially in big cities where parking can be a small fortune, not to mention the time it takes to find a place. Saving in car costs and maintenance in gas it is making a lot of sense for a lot of working people in metropolitan areas to skip owning a car and just get rides. Plus if you are riding you have time to do other things versus the chore of driving yourself.
This blog will be ongoing so not sure about when I will publish it or not. There are so many stories to tell.
I love people and my wife Diana says that this is a great job for me because of it.
The first story just happened two days ago. On Saturday I gave a twenty something couple a ride from a hotel to the the Tupelo Honey Restaurant. David and Summer were an attractive pair from L. A. I asked him what he did for a living and he replied, ” I relief pitch for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball team.”
After that the conversation was free flowing as yours truly is a HUGE sports fan.
When I dropped them off I received a text message from David Berg explaining that 4 tickets would be at the will call booth at tonight’s game.
My buddy Gerry joined us and Summer ended up sitting next to Diana at the game. David is a submariner style pitcher. The game was fun and fireworks 💥 were the dessert at the end of the game.
Working for Uber is also the first time that I pushed a button,( on my smartphone), and was working and then whenever I wanted to stop just push that same button and I was, “OFF.”
Weekend nights seem to be the most lucrative. Myrtle Beach is quite busy from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Over 16 million come annually making it the most visited city on the East Coast by car.
My 2000 Camry was too old for Uber standards so I bought a 2011. It is doing the job well. Hopefully in a couple of years I have back the money I used to buy the car!
I also drive for Lyft, which is Uber’s competitor. One night after the big Country music concert a couple got in and were going 35 minutes north to Cherry Grove. When I let them out, I was paid $135!! That’s because at high traffic times otherwise known as surging in the business rates can go as high as triple or quadruple.
I take a lot of people to the airport as you can imagine. One time after 9 pm I was directed to the airport to pick up a rider. She was college age from Siberia, Russia. She was joining a group of girls that come here from foreign countries that work in the beach abundant summer minimum wage jobs. They actually make a lot of money according to their standards and get to work on their English. These young people are very intelligent, hard working and going places in life. Unfortunately so many of our youth who should be learning to work hard are allowed to stay home and become self centered and looking for a free ride, somebody owes me something way of life.
A lot of my riders in the AM are these foreign students that head off to restaurants, work at theme parks, the beach or hotels.
I usually do not work late at night because of the very possibility of calamity based in the ongoing reality that the riders will be filled with too much alcohol. False courage, slurred vulgar speech, pugilism and vomiting in the car can manifest easily with this crowd.
The good book says that a wise man foresees the evil and hides himself. Cutting it off by 11 pm is usually a very wise move.
September 2, two young ladies from Thailand, had their luggage and were headed for the airport. Their destination was NYC for a week before they would flying home to Bangkok. This is the land of Buddhism.
As I spoke to them about JESUS, they were riveted on each word. It seemed they were so hungry to hear about JESUS and His Love. Before we parted, I prayed with them.
I get to sow seed in so many of these dear people that are in my 🚗 car. Also I like this job because it a work of service. I like to jump out and put the luggage in the trunk and great them with a friendly smile.