What do you call “a real job”? Would you say that to a bartender whose livelihood is determined by 99% tips? Most service industry jobs in America don’t have an hourly wage and benefits. But they’re absolutely necessary. Restaurants, bars, and transportation would not exist without the people who enjoy working in the service industry. Only in America are service industry jobs seen as “not a real job”. It’s an elitist point of view and it’s total bullshit. Maybe I don’t want to go sit at a desk 40 hours a week and work for someone else? Maybe I did that for years and I hated the office politics and having to kiss executives asses? Maybe I just want to be able to work when it makes sense for me and everything else I have going on in my life? Maybe I believe that if a platform is going to require my time, money, investment, and vehicle, I want to be sure They are offering me a fair deal and if I see they are ripping me off and scamming me, I’m going to let them know I’m not pleased and will not play their shady ass game. Maybe I’ll go to my local media and share the details with them and hope to inform the public. Maybe with that it will send a message to these companies that we (the independent contractors they need) are not going to let them take advantage of us. Not everyone who does Rideshare is at the end of a rope. Is it the best job I have ever had? No. Have I been making $40,000 a year for the past two years as a driver? Yes. Was I making $40,000 a year before that in a management job for abusive owners and a toxic work environment? Yes. Am I happier as a driver? Some days. I’m thankful for the opportunity to seek ways to make money for myself instead of working for abusers. But I do NOT work for Uber or Lyft. I am not on their payroll. If I see them scamming me I will get loud about it. Sharing information among our group is how we can be a step ahead of them and know what to look for so we aren’t taken advantage of. This isn’t about complaining. This is about organizing and getting on the same page so we know how to make these apps work for us!