I didn’t mean to come across like that. The point I was trying to make is that people need to think for themselves, and put their own interests first. If you just drop your trousers and bend over then you’re setting yourself up for a sub-optimal experience.
Uber and Lyft are not our employers, much as they’d like to think they are, when it suits. They say we are independent contractors. The way I see it, I am the independent and they are simply services which I use for customer generation. I am independent, therefore I will, for example, pick and choose which of the customers they introduce to me I want to provide the service to. And if a customer they introduced to me then wants at a later date to hire me direct without involving the rideshare company then of course I will accept that.
Similarly, they have no loyalty to me nor I to them. I regularly cross-promote the services I offer, giving Lyft referrals to Uber customers and vice versa. If I start driving for Sidecar then I’ll do the same with them. I don’t care which of the companies introduces the closest rider to me - it makes no difference if the pax pings me through Uber or Lyft. Each one’s money is equally as spendable as that of the other.
I will also choose which of their recommendations and rules to abide by and which to pass on. Again, depending on which hold benefit for me.
So, think like a business owner, not like an employee.