As drivers, there will always be things like rates, passenger requests and pay that will be beyond our control. Obviously, lower rates are at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now but there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. I understand the desire to vent though, since it’s human nature to not want to do the same exact job for 30% less pay.
But personally, I’m not going to waste my breath. Complaining won’t get you anywhere in life and there will always be people willing to work for less. It’s up to you to do something about your situation if you’re not happy with the way things are.
My Number One Issue Right Now
As you guys know, my site is all about finding solutions to problems. I don’t think rates are headed up in the near future so for me, the biggest issue right now is what to do about Uber’s tipping policy. Uber’s official policy states:
Being Uber means there is no need to tip drivers with any of our services.
First of all, I have no idea what ‘Being Uber’ means but the rest of the message is clear: riders are not supposed to tip their drivers. This has been Uber’s policy since the beginning, but it comes with one large caveat.
Uber’s rationalization for not having to tip drivers has always gone something like this: since Uber pays an above average wage, there is no need for passengers to tip drivers. Drivers aren’t ‘supposed to’ work for tips like waiters or bell hops do in other service industries so there is no need to tip them. That was Uber talking there, not me 🙂
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Now that policy was fine when Uber was paying above average rates but since their fares have come down significantly in the past six months, that line of thinking no longer sits well with me. [Read more…]