So, Lyft vs. Uber… I was a slow adopter of ride sharing platforms, but once I started using them, I began using them a lot. I use them a great deal to travel to and from airports. I first began using Uber.
But, the more I heard about Uber, the more I disliked the company. The CEO strikes me as the embodiment of all that I loath about capitalism run amuck. He, and as a result his company, mistreat and take advantage of people for money. Frankly put, I think he’s an asshole. Everyone’s seen the video.
I quickly realized that almost every, if not, driver I took using the Uber app also drove for Lyft. I began asking them which work experience they preferred: Uber vs. Lyft. Without a single expection, they all preferred driving for Lyft. All of them said that Lyft treats people better, including their drivers.
I decided I would try Lyft but kept forgetting to download the app in advance of needing to use it. But, I finally did it.
The Lyft app allowed me to schedule my rides in advance. If the Uber app does this, I’ve never figured out how. And, very important to me, the Lyft app allowed me to tip my driver in the app. Uber doesn’t provide that to users. In fact, though users and drivers alike have continuously requested this feature, Uber expressly forbids it. They want to money flowing one way–to them: just another example of their corporate greed.
My driver for each ride was fantastic. We literally enthusiastically talked away the time. Joycia, my first driver, had just gotten her new orange/red Dodge Charger. She was very proud of it. It was a gorgeous car. Her outfit even matched the car. When I commented, she was thrilled that I had noticed!
Alan’s car tag was something like NEWZLND. When he arrived, he bounced out of the car saying, “Here, mate, let me help you with that.” Of course, I asked. And yes. We talked about my last vacation to his homeland and planned trip there in the future. He was a witty and fabulous conversationalist. The fact is that with each driver, I hated to get out of their cars and end our conversations! They were that fun!
Alan asked what I like about his country. Of course I raved about the natural beauty and low population density. However, I also commented that I had noticed women were very different in New Zealand. He asked how so. I said that they appeared very self-reliant, self-defined, and to live without being demure or deferring to the expectations of men.
Alan was a bit surprised that I picked up on that in a short vacation stay a couple of years back. And, in truth, no single thing made me see it—just general observation. And straight away he affirmed it as an accurate observation, stating that misogyny is probably considered the worst of all social offenses in New Zealand. Kiwi women don’t need men. They are men’s equals. They are self determined. He was proud of the fact that New Zealand was the First Nation in the world to allow women into combat warfare, a fact I did not know.
Alan’s wife is an American woman. I suspect she would be a very interesting person to get to know. He states that she works all over the world, and he frequently will join her in her travels. As a result he has visited all of the world’s major cities except for Atlanta. He himself is quite self-defined. My guess: their relationship is quite a healthy one.