The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00080

Submission Number:
00080
Commenter:
Philippians 2:9
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
As an Uber driver for over a year, I can complain for a long time about things I think are wrong and things that need tweaking, but I can also talk about things that are good for just as long. There's good and bad. But there's only one main issue that is the root of all the bad, and that is forcing us to play the game a certain way if we decide to play. What I mean by that is, when I go online onto Uber's app, I have to play by rules that don't benefit me as a driver. They only benefit Uber. This is a serious problem because Uber is able to leverage this power they hold to benefit themselves, at our expense. They seek to uphold their brand by holding us hostage to take work that we do not want to take. Yes we can ignore certain work but if we do so too much, Uber will deactivate us. So that forces us to take work we don't want to take because for whatever reason, we feel it is not worth our effort. We should be allowed to freely accept and reject work. Perhaps I'm not interested in picking up a low rated passenger from a certain area of town at a specific time of the day/week/year or maybe I will depending on the current rates. Why should I be forced to take every single job given to me? That is not a good partnership and a common complaint you'll hear from every single driver except maybe some who are mentally ill and cannot help themselves from being delusional.