I take Uber on a daily basis, and really appreciate the service. While there are some horrible drivers in the system, for the most part I’ve found Uber drivers to be exceptional, and so much better than what was available in the taxi industry before.
I’ve read all kinds of stuff on the internet about “pet peeves” that drivers have about passengers, most of which seem warranted. As a passenger I have one slightly unusual annoyance that I have to get off my chest.
Let me start by saying that I do everything I can to be respectful of Uber drivers — I’m always polite, I almost never talk on my phone in a car (and when I do, I ask the driver if it’s okay and keep it very short), etc.
But what is it with some Uber drivers getting involved in passengers’ conversations? Don’t get me wrong, I can imagine that sometimes Uber drivers have to smirk or laugh at something being said, as I’m sure they hear some crazy stuff, and don’t fault them for that. But every so often I get an Uber driver who just jumps into every conversation.
For example, Ford and I are in South Beach right now, and last night called an Uber to dinner. Even though the ride was just a few minutes, the driver managed to get involved in our conversations three times, before we learned to just be quiet. Not only that, but just about everything he said was inaccurate.
I asked Ford what time our reservation was at the restaurant we were going to, and he said 7PM. The driver jumped in, “oh, I don’t know if they’ll take your reservation, I’ve heard they’re really strict if you’re late.” Our scheduled arrival time was 7:02PM — I think we’ll be fine (and we were).
Then I was reading Ford some hilarious texts from a friend who was at a fancy restaurant having a tasting menu, and the driver jumped in and said “are you talking about New Years Eve at Fontainebleau?”
“Yeah, Justin Bieber is going to be there and tickets are a minimum of $50,000 per person.”
“Yeah, and they sold thousands of them.”
Of course that sounded way off, so a quick Google search revealed this:
“Ticket prices start at $350 for one (1) general admission ticket, and range up to $50,000 for a stage-side private space for up to 25 guests. All packages include premium open bar from 9 PM until Midnight.”
Thousands of people supposedly paying $50,000 per person is slightly different than the most expensive tickets costing up to $2,000 per person. 😉
A moment later I was telling Ford something about a friend in Dubai, and before I could finish my sentence the Uber driver chimed in “I’ve heard Dubai is amazing.”
After that I learned my lesson, and we just didn’t say anything for the rest of the ride.
As I said above, I imagine some Uber drivers must get bored, and I have no issues with them occasionally chiming in on something or laughing. But to get involved in every aspect of a conversation is annoying as hell.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation, and if so, how do you handle it?