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Re: MORE Conversations From the Professional Front Lines

Postby Terralthra » 2016-08-10 05:52pm

Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber cover you with their insurance policy while you're carrying passengers, and only then. They only cover you from the moment a ride is accepted until the moment the passenger gets out. This means that while you're driving around waiting for a ride request, you're not covered by their insurance. More than one private insurance company has said that even though you aren't currently carrying passengers, the act of having the Lyft or Uber driver app open and being available to accept rides means you are performing "commercial driving" and their insurance does not apply to any liability (and can be cancelled as a violation of contract). This has left Lyft/Uber drivers who plowed into pedestrians or caused accidents while paying attention to their smartphone on the hook.

Some insurance companies are now offering "rideshare insurance" to cover those drivers, but it's...not cheap.

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Postby Arthur_Tuxedo » 2016-08-10 06:23pm

Statefarm has excellent coverage for rideshare drivers for either no or only a small extra charge. Some companies are still hostile to it, though, as above posts mention.

Elheru Aran wrote:I've got a friend considering working with Lyft. I'm not sure how exactly to tell her it might not be the awesomest idea.

EDIT: For background detail, she's currently an assistant manager or something like that at a chain pizza place. She's having workplace conflicts and seeking a transfer to another store. The Lyft thing is plan B for her. She already does a lot of delivery, so she's familiar with taking care of wear and tear on her car. She says she likes that she'd be semi-self-employed and able to set her own hours and all that...

What city? Here in SF people make a pretty decent living doing Lyft / Uber (provided they don't hate it and therefore find excuses not to do it like I did). Definitely a step up from the food service industry. Other cities with fewer fares and longer distances can come out to around minimum wage after you account for all expenses, though.

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Re: MORE Conversations From the Professional Front Lines

Postby Napoleon the Clown » 2016-08-10 06:54pm

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Elheru Aran wrote:I've got a friend considering working with Lyft. I'm not sure how exactly to tell her it might not be the awesomest idea.

EDIT: For background detail, she's currently an assistant manager or something like that at a chain pizza place. She's having workplace conflicts and seeking a transfer to another store. The Lyft thing is plan B for her. She already does a lot of delivery, so she's familiar with taking care of wear and tear on her car. She says she likes that she'd be semi-self-employed and able to set her own hours and all that...

Just have her do the math on it, that should dissuade her right quick. Pizza places usually comp you for distance driven on top of an hourly wage and tips. Lyft, I suspect, does not. Just whatever percent of a share. I've seen things indicating that Uber and Lyft tend to result in you being paid under minimum wage once you account for commercial car insurance, gas, oil changes, etc.

Also remind her that cleaning up vomit will become a major part of her job description. And I doubt Lyft will comp her for that in any way. Ask Shark how fun it is to clean up a backseat full of vomit.


Do you have to have commercial insurance or can you just use your own car insurance? I wonder.

I suspect that if she did it as a full-time job it'd mainly be a daytime thing. We're both in the Atlanta area so I would expect a lot of to-and-fro involving the airport, office buildings and hotels. Of course, the peak hours are probably evening and nights, to and from bars and restaurants and clubs... so yeah, if she wants to make real money she would pretty much have to work those times, which I expect she's probably used to anyway (pizza and all).

She's not the most... logical person though. Came out against Obamacare because "I don't need health insurance, I always pay up front and I've been lucky so far". Yeah...

As mentioned, private car insurance will deny any claims you make while "on the clock" with Uber or Lyft and could well drop you if they find out you're doing either of those. If the insurance that covers commercial use were cheap, ride-sharing services would require you have them, or just have it as part of the service entirely.

Assistant manager is going to be a much more reliable paycheck for her, and dealing with assholes is sort of inevitable regardless of what you do. Also, vomit. Possibly instances of blood and feces, too. If she doesn't have leather seats she might want to invest in seat covers that are easy to clean. Because seriously, vomit and other bodily wastes.
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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-10 07:17pm

Yeah, the vinyl seats have done me some good over the years. I never take a car with cloth seats if I can help it. I've cleaned up vomit, urine, feces, and as much as about a quart of blood (that time the guy got his throat cut with a broken bottle in my back seat).

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Postby FireNexus » 2016-08-11 02:25pm

Me: That "we can record you on mute" has never been true. We tell CSRsthat so they don't curse out customers.
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Postby LaCroix » 2016-08-12 08:47am

OR they did curse out the customers THINKING they pressed mute, and the switch was broken. Don't know if that is any better, though....
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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-12 09:31am

There was at least one manager walking the floor at all of the phone jobs I've ever had. They might've just been standing near the cussing employee with their finger on a functional mute button.

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Postby muse » 2016-08-14 06:33pm

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Postby Broomstick » 2016-08-14 06:51pm

Sad to say, I actually had to go to the urban dictionary for "donkey punch". My only excuse is that I am, indeed, over 40.
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Postby FireNexus » 2016-08-14 09:00pm

LaCroix wrote:OR they did curse out the customers THINKING they pressed mute, and the switch was broken. Don't know if that is any better, though....


Doesn't make sense. If they cursed the customer out, the customer just flat out ignored it, in this context. The guy in question listens to recorded calls like I do (or did until very recently), so he was talking about that.

The scenario you specify is why they tell CSRs that, though. Because that one has definitely happened.
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Postby U.P. Cinnabar » 2016-08-14 09:18pm

Broomstick wrote:Sad to say, I actually had to go to the urban dictionary for "donkey punch". My only excuse is that I am, indeed, over 40.


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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-15 04:29am

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Postby Lord Revan » 2016-08-15 05:31am

I have no idea what that means (and I'm not sure even want to know) but then I'm not a native english speaker.
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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-15 05:35am

Lord Revan wrote:I have no idea what that means (and I'm not sure even want to know) but then I'm not a native english speaker.


It was a bachelorette party. They wanted a story about eg: a marriage proposal that ended in physical relations, as opposed to eg: an attempted rape or a hooker who cries while she works. They were aiming for a certain realm of crazy.

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Postby Lord Revan » 2016-08-15 05:37am

Raw Shark wrote:
Lord Revan wrote:I have no idea what that means (and I'm not sure even want to know) but then I'm not a native english speaker.


It was a bachelorette party. They wanted a story about eg: a marriage proposal that ended in physical relations, as opposed to eg: an attempted rape or a hooker who cries while she works. They were aiming for a certain realm of crazy.

I meant the other thing people were talking about.
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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-15 05:46am

Lord Revan wrote:I meant the other thing people were talking about.


Urban Dictionary covers the Donkey Punch adequately, if your curiosity overcomes you.

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Postby GuppyShark » 2016-08-15 06:44am

FireNexus wrote:Me: That "we can record you on mute" has never been true. We tell CSRsthat so they don't curse out customers.
Coworker: I hear CSRs curse out customers on mute all the time.
Me: There's an electrical contact inside the amp that's broken when you press the button. It physically cuts the mic part of the wire. You couldn't have heard that if they were muted.
Coworker: I did, man.
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Postby Zaune » 2016-08-15 06:45am

Raw Shark wrote:Urban Dictionary covers the Donkey Punch adequately, if your curiosity overcomes you.

Huh. That's actually worse than what I thought it meant.
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Postby Crazedwraith » 2016-08-15 08:40am

Lots of UD's sex terms I assume are actually made for a laugh. No one actually does stuff like that.

Right?
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Postby Elheru Aran » 2016-08-15 12:14pm

Crazedwraith wrote:Lots of UD's sex terms I assume are actually made for a laugh. No one actually does stuff like that.

Right?


Well, there was a shitty movie that came out in the early/mid 00's called just that, involving the aforesaid action.

Spoiler: It doesn't end well.

Some OK nudity, though. At least until stuff hit the fan.
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Postby Raw Shark » 2016-08-15 02:39pm

Crazedwraith wrote:Lots of UD's sex terms I assume are actually made for a laugh. No one actually does stuff like that.

Right?


I've never personally had a request for a sharp blow to the brain stem, but I did have a girl ask me to backhand her across the face as hard as I could during sex once. She asked me if I liked to get rough, I told her I do reasonable requests thinking she was going to ask me to pull her hair or something, and then the next thing I know she whips that out on me. We have proof, ladies and gentlemen: Raw Shark's wood can be killed.

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Postby Borgholio » 2016-08-15 03:23pm

Raw Shark wrote:
Crazedwraith wrote:Lots of UD's sex terms I assume are actually made for a laugh. No one actually does stuff like that.

Right?


I've never personally had a request for a sharp blow to the brain stem, but I did have a girl ask me to backhand her across the face as hard as I could during sex once. She asked me if I liked to get rough, I told her I do reasonable requests thinking she was going to ask me to pull her hair or something, and then the next thing I know she whips that out on me. We have proof, ladies and gentlemen: Raw Shark's wood can be killed.


One my Exes had a rather...realistic...rape fantasy. She didn't want just rough or with her hands pinned over her head. She wanted the full on slapping, throwing, pinning, forced dry entry routine. Yeah...I passed on that one.
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Postby Esquire » 2016-08-18 11:55pm

Crazedwraith wrote:Lots of UD's sex terms I assume are actually made for a laugh. No one actually does stuff like that.

Right?


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Postby Zeropoint » 2016-08-19 11:21pm

I believe that's Rule 36: Everything is someone's fetish.
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Postby Arthur_Tuxedo » 2016-08-20 05:47pm

I've found that a lot of women think they're into choking and other mild "rough stuff" until they find a guy who has some rhythm and knows what he is doing down there, then they don't need to be choked or slapped.
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