Monday was the two-year anniversary of my first ever drive with Uber. Two years…
Monday I also got an e-mail from Amazon Flex telling me I could now drive for the Rockville location delivering packages. I have never been happier to see that e-mail and starting a different part-time job.
Why am I more excited about working for Amazon over Uber? Oh, let me count the ways:
- There isn’t going to be any slightly tipsy, older men asking me where all the easy women hang out on Friday nights.
- There won’t be any college students jokingly asking me to turn up the radio because they love white girl music.
- There won’t be any arguing about people cheating the system by putting more people in the car than the car/ride should have.
- There won’t be anyone calling me, asking me where I am because my dot hasn’t moved in the last 30 seconds and they’ve been waiting a long time for a ride.
- I won’t be shuttling people to the airport when they choose UberPool ninety minutes before their flight leaves, hoping they don’t end up with another passenger.
- I won’t have to feel like the passenger’s emergency is my emergency anymore unless I choose to.
Those are just the most recent things that I’ve encountered within the last few months with Uber and Lyft. These are true stories and while there are a lot of good passengers, I’ve been encountering more and more passengers that make me question my decision to keep driving for both companies.
The biggest bonus: Guaranteed amount of money within a three hour time block. The rideshare services are great, but the market is saturated with drivers so making money these days working the same hours I used to is harder, meaning longer hours, more wasted gas, and a lot of frustration. I’m not fully about that life anymore.
I don’t do drunk D.C. either because I have gotten too many prank Uber Ride requests, especially in Georgetown. Baltimore is slightly better because there is no carpool services there yet, and depending on how Saturday goes, I may work there Saturday night. Hopefully I won’t have to though, thanks to Amazon.
We will see how it goes tonight and tomorrow.
Wish me luck!
Listening to: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Quote of the Day: “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” ― Harry S. Truman