The End

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Apocalypse Now, 1979

This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end

 

I’ve decided to no longer drive for Uber. Fuck those clowns. I’ve shamefully have neglected this blog, partly because I haven’t been driving, and when I have, nothing worth writing about happened.

I’ve enjoyed driving for them, but I haven’t done it in awhile for various reasons.t Ultimately because I don’t want to. It was fun. I liked helping and meeting people, but it’s a scam. They’re getting rich while drivers are struggling to get by.

I realize there are some drivers out there doing well, good for them (really), but they’re most likely in prime locations and working their ass off to do so. Not everyone is pulling in the same wages as the few lucky bastards making good money.

At first, there’s the excitement of the new job, the adventure of the road and the ability to decide when you want to go on the clock. That’s what appealed to me (after losing a great paying job I hated), and the fact that I didn’t have to take a drug test (as a returning medical cannabis patient after losing said job).

In the beginning it was thrilling, it was an adventure that was different everyday. But after a few months (and the increase of Uber drivers floating around, all fighting for the same customers), the reality of the Ube life started setting in.

I could hang in L.A., but the number of competing drivers is bigly (haha, fuck that douche) and I didn’t sign up to sit in traffic all day. Hells-to-the-nah.

I enjoy writing. It still remains to be seen if Im any good at it, but I love it all the same. I started another blog, SpiderBarks, geared towards writing, and I hope to publish an ebook or two later this year. So, for the most part, I will be spending my time over there.

Uber just isn’t for me anymore, and quite possibly not for anyone. These greedy schmucks at the top can’t seem to get their shit together after being rocked by scandal after scandal. They might be making some big changes here in the near future with Travis Kalanick taking a LOA and a new top dog behind the wheel, but despite what they may shake up, it’s too late for me. And positive change as yet to be seen.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way. It seems that anyone with a little bit of intelligence has seen the endeavor as it really is, past the initial excitement, a swindle that benefits the big guys more than the drivers bringing in the cash money.

Where does this leave people who don’t have many options, or currently stuck in the Ube life supporting a family?

Uber definitely benefits communities by providing cheap travel fare for it’s people, but at the expense of the driver. The average Uber driver, after you figure in gas, taxes and depreciation, makes far less than minimum wage. Sit down and do the math, the evidence is right there in black and white despite the propaganda Uber feeds us.

I had started to realize this a while ago, but was determined to make a strong effort to make it work in my community. But it’s just not possible. New drivers are getting on the road everyday, and that cuts into my pool of clientele. It’s just not feasible to pay the bills with Uber, that’s why they market it as a “side hustle”, but through propaganda, encourage drivers to devote more time to driving, swelling their pockets further.

A success of a business is measured by how rich the people at the top get without regard for the people at the bottom bringing in the profit (the workers). How is that not completely fucked?

It’s impossible to survive on minimum wage these days. One can’t even pay rent with that chump change, and everyone is hiring a grip of part-timers to fill the roster to avoid paying people benefits or handing out hours one can support a family with. This has become the new norm and we’re supposed to except this.

But that’s capitalism for you, hail the wealthy and fuck the people. Everything is going up accept wages, and that’s because profit always come first. It doesn’t make sense if someone isn’t getting rich because that’s how it’s designed.

Anyway, despite how you feel about all that jazz, it doesn’t change the truth. Fact is fact despite what you choose to believe. Belief will never Trump fact (see what I did there?).

So, will I ever drive for Uber again? Possibly. But it will never be for income, not anymore. If I choose to let strangers ride in my car for next to nothing, again, it will be for character research. One can learn a lot about how people talk and craft believable dialogue (for writing fiction) by driving for Uber.

I’m not sure how much longer Uber Legends will stay up, it has been fun, but the Ube life ain’t fo dis cat no mo.

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