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Old 12-03-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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I have a relative that has a cab company. He is of course anti Uber

His main complaint is that the drivers are not required to have a full police type background check.


That worries me as a female using Uber. I had one very bad experience with a creepy guy and another awful experience with a TINY sweet older lady with huge thick glasses who picked me up at the airport but clearly could not see in the dark -- she was hunched over the wheel and driving VERY slowly and then drove over a giant concrete median. Really scary -- she probably did serious damage to her car. Her car was impeccably clean and she kept offering me little bottles of water but I only wanted to get home alive. Switched back to cabs after that experience.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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That's because it doesn't make any sense, lol. In fact, you actually have more info on the Uber driver. Before you even get in the car, you have his name; his photo; the make, model, and color of the car; the license tag number; and finally, reviews of the driver by other passengers. Conversely, you have no info before you get in a cab, and you have nothing when you get out either unless you take a photo or write down the info from his license (assuming he bothered to hang it up in the first place).

But, if all that is the case why are people so concerned about getting into a Uber/Lyft car with a stranger? I've seen it mentioned several times so just wondered why that would be different from getting into a regular cab and the driver is a stranger as well but nobody seems concerned.


Okay, it was probably a dumb question but I was curious. I'll stop now.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:04 PM
 
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But, if all that is the case why are people so concerned about getting into a Uber/Lyft car with a stranger?
Because they're idiots.


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I've seen it mentioned several times so just wondered why that would be different from getting into a regular cab and the driver is a stranger as well but nobody seems concerned.
It's not any different. Hence, why I believe they are being idiotic.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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that is what the ignore button is for -use it . i will challenge and call out things that have no merit or can be shown to be incorrect if i feel they are . .
You just can't help yourself, evidently.

Perhaps I misunderstood your demeanor. Peace, Bro.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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Wal-Mart uses that pool of too early retirees to become greeters.

"Welcome to Wal-Mart"

That is a grim future I planned to never experience.
I think it's pretty cool of Walmart to offer such unnecessary jobs, and I'm sure those who really need it don't see it as grim. Beats homelessness or death by a mile. Besides, it's not like sitting around watching tv or fartin around the interwebs is any better way to spend time.

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Old 12-03-2018, 04:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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That worries me as a female using Uber. I had one very bad experience with a creepy guy and another awful experience with a TINY sweet older lady with huge thick glasses who picked me up at the airport but clearly could not see in the dark -- she was hunched over the wheel and driving VERY slowly and then drove over a giant concrete median. Really scary -- she probably did serious damage to her car. Her car was impeccably clean and she kept offering me little bottles of water but I only wanted to get home alive. Switched back to cabs after that experience.
Haha, that would be me driving Uber. I think they need to check the driving ability of these Uber drivers.
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:13 PM
 
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I recently took a trip across the country and used Uber a few times. I really liked it. The drivers were very friendly and quick to respond and it's so easy to use. I would now use them over and over again when needed.
I'm sure once in a great while, you'll get someone who isn't the best driver but not everything is 100 percent all of the time, and I'll include taxis in that.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I used Uber once. It was OK. The driver was from Mongolia, here in Northern California to go to school. The ride took nearly 1/2 hour and I was embarrassed that I didn't know more about Mongolia so I could make intelligent conversation.

We like dealing with the same people, so if we're in another city for a few days we'll see if a cabbie is amenable to being an on-call driver for us.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:12 PM
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Location: Texas
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Do you think the people I know who are trying to get back into the workforce in their 70s due to poor financial planning or emergencies are all that unusual? Do you think it is possible for someone in their 70s to get another full-time professional job in their field? Any advice or observations?
I know people in their 60s who are broke and it's nothing to do with medical bills. Some of them lived it up in the 1980s and 90s. Now they're paying for that lifestyle and blaming everyone else (the government, etc) for their problems.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have been talking about retirement and employment with many of my friends, neighbors, and family recently and I have been shocked by how many of them have nearly run out of money and are trying desperately to get a full-time job.

Many of them are in their late 60s and 70s. A number of things happened to them that has caused an urgent need to get a full-time job. These include:

1) Their spouse died and they no longer have his/her Social Security and or Pension or Annuity check. And they did not buy life insurance to make up for the difference.

2) They were told by friends (or Dave Ramsey) that the stock market returned 9% a year so they took out that amount in withdrawals, instead of the conservative 3-4% recommended figure.

3) They did not budget their money and overspent.

4) They had huge emergency expenses, such as medical costs without a Medicare supplement.

Do you think the people I know who are trying to get back into the workforce in their 70s due to poor financial planning or emergencies are all that unusual? Do you think it is possible for someone in their 70s to get another full-time professional job in their field? Any advice or observations?
I know no one like that.
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