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Imposter Uber Driver Picks Up Co-eds

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An Uber story is making the rounds in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  An imposter Uber driver picked up two women near the Texas Christian University campus this past weekend and allegedly initiated inappropriate contact with them. The driver approached them around 2 am near a popular off-campus bar area and told them that his scheduled…

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Meet Me Halfway… The Six Month Status Checkup

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How can it be July 4th weekend already?  I feel like I was just ringing in the new year.  If you follow Jetsetter’s Homestead, then you know this has been a whirlwind year for me – I’m at a new firm after an acquisition which means my travel patterns have been altered a bit as I…

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The Ugly Side of the Ridesharing Economy

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Uber is hailed by many as the example of what the service workforce of the future could be.  On demand, scalable, inexpensive, and easily replaceable.  That last part is the ugly side of the ridesharing economy. While my adventures in driving have been few and far between since my “how much does a driver make” experiment…

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How “Select” is UberSelect?

Friday was one of my more frustrating days to be an Uber passenger.  Some of the usual complaints not withstanding, I had a bizarre day with Uber and one that gives me pause when considering the future direction of the company, at least here in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. It started innocently enough – I…

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Dear Uber Driver (An Open Letter)

Dear Uber driver*, (* or Lyft driver or Curb driver or yellow taxi/black car/pedicab driver… I’ve been in dozens of your cars in 2015 already and the lines are blurring so this is really for all of you) How’s it going? Listen, I know its tough out there with the lowered fares (or bogus bonuses, unfair…

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UPDATE: Lyft Bonus Saga

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It looks like the Lyft bonus promotion has turned into a major wreck, leaving drivers (and potential drivers) ensnarled in the pileup. For those playing catch up, here’s the short version: 1. Last Thursday, Lyft offered an amazing driver sign up offer – $1,000 for new drivers who are approved and drive ONE ride in…

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Uber Driver Earnings – Do They Clear Minimum Wage?

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Editorial note – this story was extensively fact-checked to be sure the pay reported was accurately conveyed, including how Uber calculates guarantees for their drivers.  Ten days ago, I reported that the latest round of rate cuts for UberX, while great for consumers, might spell the end of equitable Uber driver earnings, even with promised…

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New UberX Rate Cuts in 48 Markets Squeeze Drivers

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Uber has announced another round of UberX rate cuts in select markets including Dallas/Fort Worth. Uber X drivers received this surprise news yesterday when logging onto the driver app to accept passengers.  The notification required drivers to acknowledge UberX rate cuts of up to 25% before being allowed to continue accepting new passenger rides.  In related news, several drivers…

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