Comment from Charles Thompson

I have no issue with my current relationship with Uber. As a supporter of smaller government and less regulation, I’m very convinced that these new rules are likely to cause unintended consequences. I do not want the government to step in and “save me” from whatever injustice they believe Uber is committing on drivers and I’d be concerned about any internal changes Uber might make under pressure from the government. I don’t live in California, where bleeding heart liberals think that any company making money is doing so by exploiting workers. I’m not exploited. If I need extra benefits, I’d appreciate just leaving more of my pay in my account for me to decide how to spend it. I’ve driven for Uber for 6 years. In the beginning, I was a middle school teacher and I drove for Uber on the side. The extra money helped me fix my house so I could sell it and upgrade to provide more room for my growing family. It allowed me to earn extra for holidays, vacations, and catching up on bills. Uber then allowed me to earn more so I could move my family to a better school district as my children were moving to high school. I soon decided to change careers and start a business. I quit teaching and opened up a wrestling gym. Two weeks after opening, Covid shut down my state. Uber was still there for me. Even though there were fewer riders, everyone at home was ordering Uber Eats. My business isn’t booming because Covid is still scaring people from things like my gym, but I have some members, I’m making some money with my gym, and I am driving for Uber as much as I need until my business picks back up. Uber took the pressure off of me when I decided to open a new business. Opening right before Covid was a monumental load of bad luck, but Uber has once again saved us. I now spend more time with my kids. My business is safe even if we continue to be slower than I wanted. This technology and the people who risked their investments to start the ride sharing industry have blessed me with a way to ensure I can always provide for my family and I can pursue whatever I want in life. If it works, great, if not, Uber is ALWAYS there for me. I’d be very concerned about any large scale changes which might be prompted by the current social climate in more liberal areas. Uber has been everything I need it to be. I don’t want to see it ruined because some people are not appreciative of the opportunities Uber has already provided.

Comment ID: WHD-2020-0007-0615 | 22-Oct-20

Categorized under Family, Flexibility, Independence

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