Things I shouldn’t have to say, but I guess I do:

  • BEHAVE YOURSELVES! This is my car, not yours. You are paying for a ride, not for something or someone to be abused. I am hoping I don’t have to enforce this.
  • Yes, it’s been hard to get an Uber or Lyft lately, particularly in outlying areas. The companies are gouging you, the passengers, but only a small portion, if any, of these fare increases are passed on to drivers.
  • Any rating less than five stars is a statement that the driver should be fired, but says nothing about these unprofitable companies’ failures to attract, retain, or adequately compensate competent drivers.
  • Absolutely NO EATING in the car. And take your trash with you. Other people will be riding after you; keep it clean.
  • RESPECT HUMAN BEINGS. Hate speech includes derogatory terms for any identity (race, gender, etc.), including identities you share.
  • I am NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROPERTY. Multiple calls at odd hours will not improve the probability that I’ll find it. Because Uber support is useless, I may turn recognized valuables in at a local police station.
  • By default, I use Google Maps, which is supposed to offer the fastest route for navigation TO A SPECIFIC DESTINATION. If you want to deviate from that route, be prepared to provide turn by turn directions.
  • Gig work is already marginal. That you may be running late does not make it safe to violate traffic laws, nor does it mean that I will be able to recover any fines or other increased costs from you.
  • My driving style is an attempt at compromise between traffic law and what other drivers will tolerate. Their road rage is one of many hazards I navigate.
  • No, this is absolutely NOT what I want to be doing with my Ph.D., but the job market has functions other than matching people with jobs, including ensuring that some are trapped in long-term unemployment or underemployment. Social inequality serves a purpose: Poverty and unemployment weaken workers’ bargaining positions and thus undermine wages and working conditions.