Yesterday, while driving my small SUV with reasonable hatch space, on an Uber pool ride, I picked up a woman at Walmart who had two shopping carts overflowing with groceries. She had the largest amount of groceries ever packed into my car.
Once the hatch (trunk) area was full to the brim, there were still some items left. I was a little worried that should I get additional riders since it was a pool ride, there would not be room for them because her extra groceries had to be placed in the passenger area, on the floor.
One more passenger was added to the pool - he sat in the front passenger seat so no issue with him.
Like a good sport, I helped load and unload the huge quantity of groceries (I’d say around 600 dollars worth - at least - and I did 80% of the work) both at the pick-up and at her home. I unloaded the hatch, and she unloaded a few extra remaining groceries items onto the passenger area floor. I told her to make sure she got everything when she left the vehicle at her destination.
Well, she left ONE, repeat ONE six-pack of Snapple in the passenger area, I was 3 or so miles (on another trip) away when I discovered it. She never tipped me for all the extra labor - and shared the fare with the other passenger. I’m guessing she was charged 10 to 12 dollars for a 6-mile trip, a clean, late model, low mileage car (2015 Outlander Sport, 35K miles), friendly and experienced driver (4.86-89 rating), music, and extra labor - yet not even one dollar in gratuity. I was raised that doing that is slovenly, craven behavior, but then I’m 55 and remember when this country was still civilized, but I digress.
This morning I got a message from Uber saying the lady wants her six-pack of Snapple back - worth maybe 3 to 4 bucks. I respond to Uber that the item is hardly worth driving across town while taking up 40 plus minutes of my time (in a snowstorm no less!) and yes, I will return the danged six-pack of Snapple - but either the customer or Uber is going to pay me for doing so.
What do you think? Ugh…people.