My Top 5 WORST UBER RIDES - Read My Real Customer/Rider Reviews
Here I share MY TOP 5 WORST EVER UBER RIDER experience reviews with you. This is where I was the customer/rider. These moments just had to be shared and should be rather entertaining to say the least.
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Hi my name is Marvin and I the youtube channel EverydayMarvin Reviews where I cover various experiences I have had using different products.
Today’s focus will be on the Uber ridesharing app service. This will be me reviewing uber drivers and with me as a rider/customer for a few less then ideal rides I took using this service.
DISCLAIMER: I HAVE A TAKEN MANY RIDES WITH UBER OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO. MAJORITY OF THEM ARE ACTUALLY FINE AND SOME HAVE BEEN VERY ENJOYABLE. THE RIDES I AM MENTIONING HERE ARE JUSTTHE SELECT FEW BAD ONES I HAVE HAD AND FEEL THE NEED TO SHARE.ALSO REMEMEBR UBER ISN’T THE ONLY RIDESHARING GAME IN TOWN ANY MORE. THE ALTERNATIVE IS LYFT AMONG OTHERS WHICH I HAVE ALSO TRIED SEVERAL TIMES NOW AND I MUST SAY IT IS JUST AS GOOD. I WILL PROVIDE A FREE RIDES CODE FOR BOTH SO YOU CAN DECIDE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.
Now going back to the main event….
At this point in time I have officially taken 70 uber rides and so I would like to say I am pretty darn familiar with the platform and the process from setting up pickup to the final dropoff.
I have decided to share my top 5 worst uber driver exepericnes with me as the rider/customer. No specific names will be listed but each on will be given a somewhat fitting alias.
I want to start at #5 which is bad and end up at number one which was abd but end up at number #1 which was probably the worst experience I have had out of all of them
#5 The Gospel Groovy One
This one fell on a Saturday and I was wanting a ride to another town not too far from where I was and In this new town I would be looking forward to a nice get away at my airBnB reservation. Just in case you don’t know what Airbnb is it is basically like booking a hotel but except for you get a place at someone’s house for a time being. I made a video all about and will attach it along with a link to try the service with a free $40 credit! Enjoy!
Well I was looking forward to a very relaxing time and though the physical ride itself would go pretty smoothly. The mental,physcological and auditory aspects wouldn’t ,because my uber driver wanted to share his full on musical taste with me. Which shouldn’t be a horrible thing in and of itself. I have actually heard quite a few good songs this way. Unfortunately what I hopped into was a a FULL ON GOSPEL TRAIN riding experience.
Now let me give out a little background on me. I come from a very religious background. my family loved listening to gospel music from the time I was a baby until I dang near moved away during my college years. So that’s a lot of years of music. I don’t really have that much against it but my musical palette has expanded quite a bit since that time.
So the last ting I want to hear when I hop into my Uber ride for a weekend of fun is old gospel music. If I wanted that I would checked to see if a local church provided uber rides.
He was really bumping it too! I didn’t know if maybe I should ask him to turn it down or if that would seem rude. So I did the best I could. Fortunately I had my earphones with me which I carry just about everywhere. I had to do something to cancel out all that noise during my ride.
So I decided hop on youtube determined to block it out as much as possible I felt like some early 2000s nostalgia so I ended up watching “Toxic” AND “Oops! I did it again” by Britney spears. This did put me in a pretty good mood but I could still hear his music bumping in the background.
I was so glad when I finally reached my destination! You don’t know…lol
I never want to set foot in that car or be driven by that driver ever again!
#4 The UPSET LADY/The Frantic Lady
Now this particular one was not too long ago actually. I just need to run an errand real quick. My driver was an older lady with glasses in her mid to late forties I believe. When I hopped in she seemed nice enough. Apparently she had just gotten back from a class reunion and was in good spirits.
I listened to her talk about that and asked a few friendly questions like how her day was so on. She had a relatively nice car and seemed pretty friendly.
Well she probably would have stayed that way if it wasn’t for the upcoming accident.
So I was about 2 thirds of the way to my destination and we happened to run into a traffic accident. Apparently someone had ran in to someone esle at an intersection and it was blocking the normal way I was suppose to take for my route to my errand.
Now this by itself shouldn’t be a big alarm.. accidents happen all the time. But… something about this one made my driver real upset. She started talking louder and giving her own commentary on what she saw. Then when she started backing up another car was behind us and she start talking angrily at that car. I understand it was an awkward situation but I expect my driver to keep their cool a little better. Shew as definitely demonstrating some road rage.
I wanted to hop out of the car right then and there but I had already came so far. It was a few minutes before we could finally make our way to my destination and then i needed her to take me back as well. So I stuck it out. But I did have her drop me off a little ways before my stop
I NEVER want to be driven by that lady again!!!!
#3 The Complainer
So this time I had to run another errand. I was patiently waiting and while I did I decided to take a look at the profile information about my driver before they got here.
What I was reading was all good stuff! There were several friendly comments left from other riders. I thought to myself …I am in for a treat then This should be fun for about 10 minutes or so until I get to where I need to go.
So my uber driver arrives and I hop in. In my head I am like I am ready for the fun to begin. So we start conversating and I mentioned how I had looked at her profile. I told her that it looks like you have been driving for a while. She replied with a yes but it isn’t what it used to be. She mentioned when she first started which was a year and half ago roughly that she was getting rides all the time. Unfortunately she said that has changed since many more people now drive for uber. She complained that people say you can make a full time income with uber but there was no way to really make that kind of money.
She seemed really bitter about all of this and it kind of brought down my experience unfortunately. The more she talked the less I was enjoying.
To me it’s ok to make a small gripe or complaint but you should turn that around and bring it back to positive pretty quickly when representing another company essentially that you choose to work for of your own free will.
Pus she was telling me she was nurse or nurse aide of some sort and she was doing this in between checking patients apparently.
She also told me some story about how her and a friend went out of town to drive for uber near austin or somewhere and that she didn’t like the experience at all She just had to come back after that.
I got out of the car with a bad taste in mouth after that one.
I also never want to have that driver again!
Now we are getting to the top 2
Well the previous ones were sort of bad the next 2 are definitely top my list for a good reason.
#2 The SWORDSMAN
So this time I was at a pretty good sized shopping center waiting for my ride. I saw the information on them beforehand and I thought they seemed ok. Now when I think about them I get literally kind of scared. HONESTLY!!!!
So it started off not too bad but it progressively got worst.
So I was waiting and I had an idea of what the car would look like thanks to Uber. While I was waiting I got a call on my phone but I didn’t recognize the number so I didn’t answer. Then I thought shoot that is probably my ride. So I looked around and then I saw my ride drive right pass me.
I tried to waved in hopes that they would see me in the rearview mirror but they didn’t they just kept on driving. So they called me again and I answered. I told them I wasn’t too far away and shortly there after I was in the car.
They were apologizing for not getting it right. I told it was ok because it was a big shopping center and the directions that the app gives can be bit confusing sometimes.
So once we got pass that the real ride began…..
One thing I noticed was they didn’t want to seem to want to make eye contact with me not even at he beginning of the ride as I can recall. There was some random EDM music going on in his car. I couldn’t place exactly who or what it was. It felt like they had some royalty free music going on.
So as I sat
I could kind of tell the guy was socially awkward and I will admit that I can be socially awkward too depending on the situation.
Unfortunately I couldn’t understand half the stuff he said during most of the ride and the stuff I could understand was kind of disturbing.
Here is what I learned in my less than 15 minute ride
1. He rambled on about how he doesn’t trust cops. He doesn’t follow the law intentionally. He texts and drives all the time apparently. texts and drives on purpose out of spite.
2. He also seem very pumped about this new law going into affect where a person will be able to carry sword with them. He mentioned about how the second it went in to effect he was gonna go out and buy his own sword. He seems abnormally excited about this and mentioned how he was gonna carry it with him all the time.
I felt so uncomfortable in the car listening to this dude. I almost wanted to stop the ride and just hop out and walk the rest of the way. Lol
I am not sure if he had an accent or what, but it was kind of hard to keep up.
The only saving grace about his ride was that he had bottled waters all over the inside of his car for riders. I did take one since he offered. I drank it later and it wasn’t bad.
He also had candy in his car which I didn’t take part in.
I pretty darn happy when this ride ended.
I had to get one more ride before the end of the day and it was a good one. I had had the driver before actually and he was cool. I ended up telling both of my stories to him and he was astounded at the bad experiences. We both had a good laugh too.
One of the advantages with Lyft from what I have heard is that you can rate that ate driver poorly and not match you up with them again.
I wish Uber would incorporate this!!!
#1 SIMPLY THE WORST
So the final bad driver AND ABSOLUTEL THE WORST EVER FOR ME!!!
This one gets the number one spot due to the length of the drive and how it really seemed to drag on and on.
Out of all the drivers I have had for uber this one is the #1 person I would NEVER want again IN MY LIFE!
So this time I was wanting a ride to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in a while in a nearby town.
I was really looking forward to visiting and it was dark at this point.
They always say don’t judge a book by its cover but sometimes your instincts can be right on people by simply taking a look at their picture.
When I was assigned my driver I took a look at their picture and thought I am not sure about this person but I also thought I would just brush it off and that not I was hopefully wrong.
UNFORTUNATELY MY instincts were right on POINT with this one.
The trip I needed was about 45 minute drive and so it was gonna be longer than your average uber ride.
I was hoping for a nice smooth ride with either a fun conversation or quiet time with me and my earphones.
So my pickup spot was actually towards the outskirts of town and I was waiting on a hill of sorts.
My ride showed up in a van which was expected. They had a little issue getting up the hilly drive way but they eventually got it.
I opened the door and confirmed their name as I usually do with every uber/lyft ride. They had a unusual name and I had mispronounced it. This was an innocent mistake. They corrected me but they did it in a kind of rude and forceful way. I was immediately turned off and from then on the riding experience went down hill.
I normally hop in to back seat because that’s how I like to be driven when with an uber/lyft driver. To me this half of the point of use these services which is to be catered to. They tried to be friendly and have me in the front seat but I declined. I don’t like sitting upfront next t a stranger personally.
So since my ride was longer than a usual one they needed to make a stop to grab gas. I understand this
Fortunately there was a gas station not too far from my pickup spot. So I thought ok this is a good spot also for me to grab a drink or food for the long drive.
So we arrived at the gas station and while she was filling up I hopped out and told her I was gonna grab something real fast.
She immediately turned and asked me could I get her something and forced money to me. I was kind of turned off more by this. Now if she would have asked friendly like I wouldn’t have had such an issue with it but… she didn’t
She asked like it was expected of me or something.
This made me so upset to where when I went in the store I didn’t feel like grabbing something for myself. I just got her coke drink that she forced me to get and got out as quickly as possible
It didn’t help that inside of the store everyone seemed to be taking their sweet time. There were like 2 or 3 people ahead of me in line and no one was in any kind real rush. Having conversations about something I could care less about.
Finally I came out and I was really ready to go. I gave the Uber driver her drink and change. I also hopped back in the back seat. Only to be told that she wanted me to sit in the front seat.
I tried to refuse but she pretty much forced me to sit where I didn’t feel comfortable at all.
Now I understood at the time it was dark and maybe she didn’t feel entirely safe with a person in the backseat. BUT… I was paying for this ride so I didn’t see why she couldn’t just let me sit where I wanted to.
This made things very awkward and it became more so because after we left The gas station she was talking on the phone to someone. Her conversation was loud and very unprofessional.
I decided to put in my earphones and block her out. So I started listening to my music and looked forward to the ride ending.
Then suddenly she decided that she needed to get off the phone and focus on driving the long road to my destination.
I still had my earphones in at this time and then she says to me to the effect of…. “I know I am not about to drive this long road and your not gonna talk to me.”
I was like “what?!” inside my head. So I put away my headphones and tried to have conversation with her, begrudgely. I asked a few questions about her uber experience and how long she had been driving. She had mentioned that this had been her part time job and that she worked for whataburger full time. I told her that for one summer I had worked for whataburger on the night/graveyard shift. I ended up quitting due to the stress of the whole experience.
So we had that in common and she was familiar with my old boss. We talked about that.
So it seemed like I had seen the worst of the ride……
Then it hit. I think I mentioned something about how I had read an article somewhere about uber testing out automated cars.
Then she went left field on me .
She started quoteing stuff from the bible and about how that was sign of the rapture and end of days.
I was like lady you just lost me!
At this point all I could say was nothing. We were nearing my destination and I was determined to get out of the car AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
So once we got into town I made her stop at the first gas station we saw and let me out. This was about 5 minutes or so before my real destination.
I knew my way the rest of the way even though it was dark out. I thanked her and then went on my way.
I was so happy to get out of that car and away from that driver. Fortunately for me there was subway at the gas station I had been left off at and I grabbed myself a sandwich to help compensate me for all the stress and discomfort I had just been put through.
She did get me to my destination but the trip was anything but delightful all the way through.
So with that last one this tops my top 5 worst uber driver and me as a rider/customer experience reviews.
HOW I RIDE NOW????
As of late I have been mixing it up with my ridesharing experiences. I now try to leave my options open. So I either use lyft or uber at this point.
Lyft has been giving me a lot of discounts as of late and their rides can be cheaper than uber at times. So now I open up both apps and just compare how much the ride will be on both and then choose accordingly.
It is all about getting to my destination as cheaply as possible.
I will also be the first to admit that with lyft the drivers are generally a little friendlier and I am as of yet to have a bad lyft riding experience ,honestly.
I hope you found my top 5 worst uber riding experience reviews entertaining and informative. Don’t forget to check out those freebies and discounts too while your at it.