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I'm a teacher, and I started driving for Uber last month, mainly out of boredom. Two months off for summer seems like a dream, but really, after one month, I'm eager to feel useful again.

I have a newer minivan, so I can pick up both the X and XL riders. I usually just drive Thursday-Saturday nights, from about 7pm until 1am. I live on the NorthWest side, and I always wait for a hit here, rather than driving to a busier area. It usually doesn't take long for the requests to come in this neighborhood. And there hasn't been a night yet that I didn't end up in Lincoln Park or downtown.

I've noticed that every time I drive, I usually have at least one pick-up requests from male names, but when I get to the address, a young, scantilly-clad, overly-perfumed female is the only passenger. They are always polite, but also not very talkative. They might send a message on their phone or make a call from time to time, but other than that, they just stare out the window the whole time.

Like half of my passengers are young women, but most are very chatty and dress conservatively, even on a weekend night. I make it a point to talk about anything BUT their looks or their love lives, because I don't want to seem like a creep, although some of them insist on talking to me about their boyfriends. I guess I just look like the kind of middle-aged, minivan driving family man who can impart some wisdom on them.

I read an article online last week about "16 things you didn't know about Uber". And sure enough, one of them was "Uber is very popular with pimps, who use the service to deliver their prostitutes to customers." Of course, I have no way of knowing if these passengers are, in fact, escorts. Nor is it any of my business. I'm just wondering if anyone else has the same experience.
 

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Haven't had that experience yet. Your suspicions seem to have some plausibility but nonetheless they are just suspicions. At the end of the day we are just a ride share, most people I drive in the evenings are leaving their job to go home (good), leaving their home to go to a bar/club (fun but can get out of hand, and leaving a bar/club intoxicated to go home (depends on level of drunkeness). Now comes the potential of dropping off someone who may be selling an adult encounter. I choose not to aim my moral compass at any of these scenarios, I just have the understanding that I am simply giving a ride for a fee to a passenger and whatever they plan on doing after the trip is over is non of my concern.
 

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It's either an escort or booty call. Wait till you pick up an unseeming woman only to drop her off at a strip club.
That's happened to me before too. I picked up a woman and her young son from a house in Albany Park. She was wearing scrubs and said she was a caregiver for an elderly woman. I took her to her house a few miles away, and she asked me to wait while she dropped off her son. Then she came back to the car alone, still in her scrubs, and asked me to take her to a "gentlemen's club" 40 miles away. The trip took about 75 minutes because of traffic. She was very polite and much more talkative than the women I suspect are escorts. She was also very open about her job. She said she hates it, but the money is great. She works from 10pm-6am, and makes around $500 per night, and "could make a lot more if she had bigger boobs".

I dropped her off at 9:30, and she suggested I wait around until the 10pm shift change, and I'd be sure to get one of her coworkers who wanted a ride back into the city. But the thought of hanging around the parking lot of a "gentlemen's club" at night didn't sit well with me, so I just drove myself back, with the app on. I didn't get another request until I was all the way back to the city.

Altogether, that roundtrip was 80 miles, about 2.5 hours, and after gas, I netted about $50.

Anyway, I don't judge people for what they do or how they entertain themselves (I get about one clearly high passenger each night as well). It's just a side of society I wouldn't otherwise encounter, and it's interesting to me.
 

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I was pulled over by a cop one night in Cicero. I picked up a pax who was a female, dressed very scantily, in front a of a porn shop. She was waiting for me at the corner, and when I pulled over to pick her up, cops from behind me flashed their lights and approached me. They assumed I was picking up a hooker at the corner. I explained I was Ubering and showed them my app and Uber signage. They apologized and let me go. The pax seemed very embarrassed by the whole ordeal.
 

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I was pulled over by a cop one night in Cicero. I picked up a pax who was a female, dressed very scantily, in front a of a porn shop. She was waiting for me at the corner, and when I pulled over to pick her up, cops from behind me flashed their lights and approached me. They assumed I was picking up a hooker at the corner. I explained I was Ubering and showed them my app and Uber signage. They apologized and let me go. The pax seemed very embarrassed by the whole ordeal.
LOL!

That is one reason I got a MMJ recommendation. I haven't smoked in years, but hauling a PAX around from a deal could be big problems.

I did enjoy your post :cool:
 

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I had a girl who I saw get paid out in front of a hotel, by a drunk business guy in a disheveled suit..tipped me $12 because I only had $8 as change for a $20..but made me depressed for the rest of the night..
 

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I'm a teacher, and I started driving for Uber last month, mainly out of boredom. Two months off for summer seems like a dream, but really, after one month, I'm eager to feel useful again.

I have a newer minivan, so I can pick up both the X and XL riders. I usually just drive Thursday-Saturday nights, from about 7pm until 1am. I live on the NorthWest side, and I always wait for a hit here, rather than driving to a busier area. It usually doesn't take long for the requests to come in this neighborhood. And there hasn't been a night yet that I didn't end up in Lincoln Park or downtown.

I've noticed that every time I drive, I usually have at least one pick-up requests from male names, but when I get to the address, a young, scantilly-clad, overly-perfumed female is the only passenger. They are always polite, but also not very talkative. They might send a message on their phone or make a call from time to time, but other than that, they just stare out the window the whole time.

Like half of my passengers are young women, but most are very chatty and dress conservatively, even on a weekend night. I make it a point to talk about anything BUT their looks or their love lives, because I don't want to seem like a creep, although some of them insist on talking to me about their boyfriends. I guess I just look like the kind of middle-aged, minivan driving family man who can impart some wisdom on them.

I read an article online last week about "16 things you didn't know about Uber". And sure enough, one of them was "Uber is very popular with pimps, who use the service to deliver their prostitutes to customers." Of course, I have no way of knowing if these passengers are, in fact, escorts. Nor is it any of my business. I'm just wondering if anyone else has the same experience.
I don't know if I've had any experience with that or not, but I have had someone who appeared to be using Uber to deal drugs out of. Once I realized what I think he was doing, I kicked him out. He didn't like that, but I made myself clear enough that he even reached in his pocket to tip me. I wouldn't accept it from him, because it sort of came off as being a subtle admission and I just wanted to get out of there. It wasn't even Chicago proper, it was in Schiller Park.
 

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I don't know if I've had any experience with that or not, but I have had someone who appeared to be using Uber to deal drugs out of. Once I realized what I think he was doing, I kicked him out. He didn't like that, but I made myself clear enough that he even reached in his pocket to tip me. I wouldn't accept it from him, because it sort of came off as being a subtle admission and I just wanted to get out of there. It wasn't even Chicago proper, it was in Schiller Park.
That's frightening. I ended up in Cicero once, and I picked up a guy at a shady motel, and he asked me to take him to multiple banks. After two banks, I finally asked him what was up, and he told me he was wiring money overseas, but he wanted to do it in small enough amounts so it didn't raise any red flags. So at the next stop, when he went into the bank, I just left.
 

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wow. He could've been adding those atm pin number catchers or collecting pin numbers from one of them. I don't know. Using Uber to commit crimes is so dumb, I guess most criminals are too. Cicero has a shady reputation, I even lived there as a little kid. Too young to learn the 'red flag' avoidance techniques for wiring money overseas. Good move taking off. Trust your gut. Don't be afraid to bolt. Send an email to Uber; they'll probably be cool with it and make sure you're not adversely effected by any bogus rating. They want to avoid negative news coverage as much as anyone.
 

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I had a businessman, clearly wealthy, openly negotiate the cost of banging some homeless guy I assume he'd just met. It was an awkward ride. Anything for a rock, eh?
 

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That's frightening. I ended up in Cicero once, and I picked up a guy at a shady motel, and he asked me to take him to multiple banks. After two banks, I finally asked him what was up, and he told me he was wiring money overseas, but he wanted to do it in small enough amounts so it didn't raise any red flags. So at the next stop, when he went into the bank, I just left.
Was it at night?

Also, one rainy night in Des Plaines, I picked up a man with his son. The man was midly drunk and was having an odd conversation with his son about how he beat up a Chicago gangbanger once, and had me drive into a forest preserve at 930ish pm. He had me go in circles in the parking lot, and suggested I proceed through a dirt road. I had the feeling he was going to knock me unconscious and mug me or something because in the parking lot he leaned forward pointing towards the windshield, as like to distract me and whack me. Nevertheless, nothing happened, and I dropped him off at the dirt road, saying I couldnt proceed there. His son convinced him to get off, and I got the heck out of there immediately.
 
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