"Oh, well, if you hadn't down-rated me I could have given you a ride. 4☆ or less and UBER won't match us for 6 months."I drive at a certain time on a certain day where there are not many driver if any driving other than me. Got a ping and showed up, 20 minute wait on a scheduled ride two mile trip. I cancelled and moved on. Got rewarded with a nice $30 trip followed by a $23 trip back toward where I started. Got a ping for the original place and it was the same person. No scheduled trip this time. I took him. He questioned why I cancelled on him earlier and I explained why. He was now late for work and upset with me. Got a nice 1 ⭐ from him.
He knows drivers are very limited at that time, that is why he uses the scheduled feature. I told him it costs me money and I will no longer accept his request if it comes as a scheduled ride. I said if I'm available I'll be here, I'm not giving up a potentially more profitable trip while I sit there waiting for him.
The following week he scheduled again. I declined. Did another ride and Uber sent me his ride gain as a scheduled trip. Declined again. Did another trip and got his request again as a regular trip. Declined again and went and sat in his parking lot. He asked if I was working and I said yes, he said the app shows no drivers available. I said sorry, the app must not be matching us because you gave me a poor rating on the last ride. I got another ping a few minutes later. About 30 minutes later I see him getting in a Taxi. Late for work again.
He could of walked to work in the time he waited for a ride.
Will see what happens next week.
Its fun on the anniversary of a big concert to pull 3.5 x and 4.0 x on a tuesday.It's not nearly that simple anymore.
It definitely is not simply a lack of drivers. It used to be, way back 2015-16. I used to be able to get a surge started by putting the pin where it showed no drivers available and requesting a ride. I used an old phone and set up multiple accounts and used to get the surge up and keep it up.
It has evolved since then. Off and on today, all day there are going periods of no drivers available. I'll log on and get bombarded with 15-20 minutes away request. Not one surge all day. I have even been requesting a ride when no driver available.
I also noticed, during the early days of the pandemic, it would surge down town on the weekend even though everything was closed and it was past curfew. Most likely because they were using historical data to predict demand/surge.