Uber’s Recent Lifestream Event on 4/10/2018
Thoughts on the Dara K Show
Hal , the Rideshare Ambassador here… Wellll, I hate to say this, because I really wanted my debut Youtube video about Uber as The Rideshare Ambassador to be uplifting and positive. However, after witnessing the travesty of April 10th, 2018- I just can’t be silent.
I’ve been watching the rideshare community’s reactions on Youtube to Uber’s recent lifestream event, which I have nicknamed The Dara K Show. Most everyone… Kevin the Apptrepreneur, Randy, aka Uber Man, Torsten, the Rideshare Professor, Aaron My Personal Driver – okay -YOUR personal Driver, Your Driver Mike, Ulandsey Peterson and my gal Cecily from Drive Girl Drive among others too numerous to mention, but you know who you are… are all in agreement. The issue of money, our NUMBER ONE concern was NOT addressed.
Well, I’m going to have to disagree here. It was addressed, but Dara used subliminal messaging to address it. When he showed that little video in the middle of the Lifestream event, you know where he showed an array of drivers across the Uberverse -from Singapore to Bangladesh to some other places i didn’t recognize, he was in effect saying – “Hey, all you Youtubers out there complaining about the rates… THIS is your competition. You don’t hear them complaining, do you? Hell, they’re grateful to have a job!”
Almost all of the drivers featured in the video looked like they’re living in Third World countries. Hey, no shame in being from a Third World country, but all of our economies are vastly different. Uber, this was your chance to lift a lot of people out of poverty in some cases, and elevate the lifestyles of those who have just been scraping by up until now. You have been the one to afford us all an opportunity in the past to hold our heads up and take pride in how we earn a living. But now, it seems that you have chosen to become greedy and effectively shut the door on your ambassadors and evangelistas. The people who have been effectively blowing your horn for several years (pun intended.)
So, yes – Dara K did address the money. Just not in a direct way. And the rate increase? I haven’t seen one person write or hear one person talk about how the rate increase directly impacts our tips. People didn’t suddenly stop tipping well because you’re a sucky driver all of the sudden. They stopped tipping because they’re paying so much for the ride, now, they just assume you’re making enough already. They don’t know you’re being paid 7.50 for a ride when they paid $15. They only know what’s left in THEIR wallet. It used to be, Uber took a 20% or 25% fee depending on when you signed up as a driver. Now I’ve seen reports of them extracting as much as 60% of our pay. That’s just plain NUTS.
So all of these cheery, sunshiny day speeches and sugary sweet video clips are really intended to send a more sinister message:
“Thanks for your service. Be grateful for the new features in our new app. Oh, and please ignore our fatal little mishaps during our attempts to replace all of you with autonomous vehicles.
Now shut up and drive. Dara K thanks you! Oh, and please give our Livestream presentation Five stars.”
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