My first customers as an Uber driver. I picked up three students at the grocery store. I popped open the trunk and let them throw their groceries in.
Student 1: Can we put our groceries in here?
Me: Absolutely, of course.
Student 2: Good, if you said no we’d be shit out of luck.
Everyone enjoys a small chuckle and I tell them that they are my first customers ever. They were really excited and suggested making it a memorable trip.
We talked about classes, the fires that were going on throughout the state, my job, and what my partner is going to school for. While they didn’t do anything especially fun or exciting I couldn’t have asked for a better group to take for my first trip.
I discover that my back door is on child lock mode and I jump out to open the door for one of the students. I take a look at the door, but figure I can fix it another time. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea since I was going to keep driving, but perhaps I was having first drive nerves.
They tip me a $1.00. I’m super pumped. Money earned - $7.80.
I pick up a middle aged couple going on date night. Spouse number 1 gets into the car first while the other spouse, spouse number 2 is still getting something from inside their house. I note that the car in their parking lot has an Uber sticker in it and I figure they’re going to end up drinking tonight.
I quickly remember the child lock and tell spouse 1 about the situation. They think it’s funny not to tell the other spouse about it and slides to the side where the door opens fine. Spouse 2 gets in.
We have a minute of casual conversation, but they immediately start talking to themselves. I calmly listen. They basically pretend like I’m not there. They were talking about someone they know going back to jail. Most of the information they were sharing back and forth would only make sense to someone who knew the situation, but I’m still finding it kind of funny. They use the phrase “half-breeds”. I’m pretty sure it’s a racial term in their context.
We reach our destination, and spouse 1 gets out of the car. Leaning into the window they tell spouse 2 that I’m going to kidnap them and maybe they’ll see each other later. When the door doesn’t open there’s a few moments of pure from the spouse still locked in. I think it’s great and play along a little. I get a head nod/smile from spouse 1 when they come back and open the door.
I fix the door this time, wanting to avoid giving someone a heart attack.
They tip me a $1.00. Money earned - $5.00
I pick someone up from work and start taking them home. They live kind of far away, but I don’t mind the trip as it got us out of town. We talked about both of our jobs a little bit. I find out that they had applied to the current job that I have. They obviously didn’t get it and I did. What are the damn chances? The rest of the ride is kind of awkward. I’m pretty sure they wanted to punch me in the face.
My first ride with no tip. Money earned - $5.11
Very close to where I dropped off the customer who I robbed of a possible career, I pick up two very wealthy people from an expensive hotel. The ride is perfect because they are getting dropped off only a couple of miles from where I live. Score.
We talk for about 30 seconds. They immediately start stroking each other’s ego by talking about how much money they spend. Rich person 1 talks about how rich person 2 should open up this credit card because of all the amazing benefits you get from it. Rich person 2 asks what the annual fee is to which rich person 1 responds $1,500. Rich person 2 says that isn’t so bad. You can tell he’s actually horrified by the amount.
Rich person 1 talks about how there is one small downfall, the $250,000 a year you need to spend on it for it to stay active. Rich person 2 states they could easily do that. They can’t actually.
More and more conversation from rich person, including spending money at a sushi place that was absolutely terrible. They’ve had so much better sushi everywhere else ever. They make sure to mention that it’s $300 a person.
I get them to their location, a mediocre/cheap restaurant in town. Rich guy 2 reaches into his wallet and hands me $2.00. I suddenly realize I should have stroked their ego the entire trip and maybe they would have given me more. I doubt it.
They tip me $2.00. Money earned - $11.16
Daily total: $29.70