Tiger Woods in your Uber!? Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever served as a customer?
There’s not often a lot of glamor in the work we do, but there can be rare moments where we experience something special. Have you ever had a newly-wed couple get in your car after leaving city hall? Perhaps you’ve been the hero showing up at the door of a kid’s birthday party with their coveted food order!
There’s not often a lot of glamor in our work, but there can be rare moments where we experience something special. Have you ever had a newlywed couple get in your car after leaving city hall? Perhaps you’ve been the hero showing up at the door of a kid’s birthday party with their coveted food order! We’d bet that somewhere on that list there’s a celebrity encounter. After all, famous people get midnight junk cravings and need last-minute rides to the airport just like the rest of us.
Who’s the most memorable customer you ever served while doing gig work? Let us know here. We’ll share some results in the next issue of the Gig Life
This week's top headlines from the Gig Economy
Uber is integrating its driver app with Apple CarPlay
Uber has finally caught up to Lyft on an obvious feature – If you use an iPhone and drive a CarPlay-enabled car, you can now connect the Uber driver app to the car’s system for easier navigation and management.
One thing to consider is that when one platform is logged into your car’s console it makes it more frustrating to switch between gig apps on the fly. Maybe that’s part of the reason Uber and Lyft rolled this out?
Grubhub Gave Nearly $10 Million To Help Keep Restaurants Afloat In 2022
We’re often finding good reasons to be critical of the big companies in the gig economy, but every once in a while I read a story that highlights some positives in the work they do. For example – GrubHub put a significant amount of money to back communities throughout the pandemic, including $10 million in support to over 1,000 restaurants and more than half a million meals to people in need and the news went relatively unnoticed. To us, those are the headlines worth celebrating.
Uber Driver Reveals Hilarious Tiger Woods Tale
This Uber driver’s story of showing up to pick up “T” only to have golf phenom, Tiger Woods, jump in the back of his car put a big smile on my face. Not only was he friendly and chatty, but he comes across as humble and relatable. Have you had a celebrity encounter on the job? Tell us more here.
Lyft is charging riders wait time fees — but drivers aren’t reaping the rewards
Are Lyft drivers getting “Gryfted”? This story reads like Lyft got caught in the act and is now rushing to fix a mess they hoped nobody would notice… again. This time, Lyft rolled out a new “wait-time” fee for passengers who make a driver wait for more than 2 minutes after arrival, but the fee WASN’T GOING TO THE DRIVER?!? Unsurprisingly, this caused a huge blowback on Reddit and Lyft is now asserting that the intent was always to divert the fee to drivers, but that they hadn’t rolled that feature out universally yet. Mm-hmm. Let’s keep their feet to the fire on this one.
DoorDash Driver Calls Customer to Ask if They'll Tip, Gives Food Away After They Refuse
We can’t seem to go a week without a DoorDash tip story, so here comes another one for you. I’ll leave it to you to judge whose side you’re on for this one but, one way or another, this guy’s TikTok account has some fun pranks to brighten your day.
TikToker: Darren Levy
(Follow him here)
Coming to you from down undah, this video was too good not to share. This Australian Uber driver gets a wild surprise from a passenger. You definitely don’t need to be a celebrity to make someone’s day!
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