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In Defense of Uber

Uber should be Applauded, not Condemned!

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted May 13, 2015 at 5:29PM

uubbeerrIt was pitched as some kind of high-end investigative piece, screaming the headline:

A Philadelphia journalist went undercover as an Uber driver —
here's how much she made.

Before even reading the first sentence, I knew this was going to be another one of those hit pieces where the big evil corporate monster forces its workers into modern-day slavery.

It wasn’t quite that bad, although writing that Uber treats its employees as “utterly disposable numbers in an equation” reveals what I found to be another left-leaning Millennial with little real world experience and access to the Internet.

Don’t get me wrong. I applaud the writer for challenging Uber’s claim that some of its drivers in New York City were pulling in $90,000 a year. I actually found that number to be a bit suspicious as well, although I’m sure if you hustle hard enough, you can still pull in some pretty nice change.

I actually interviewed an Uber driver last month while in Denver. He told me that he grossed about $45,000 a year. Not quite as mouth-watering as that $90,000 number, but certainly nothing to trivialize. After all, this particular driver was recently retired, and actually enjoyed spending his days as an Uber driver, striking up conversations with out-of-town visitors, befriending locals who now rely on him for daily service, and earning some nice post-retirement income in the process.

In any event, Emily Guendelsberger, the writer of this piece, seems to find great sadness in the fact that an Uber driver she interviewed likes the fact that he can make good money if he puts in enough hours, writing …

“ …because with Uber, if you drive 12 hours, 16 hours a day, you make good money!" He is heartbreakingly sincere. If he didn't have another job, Morake says, he'd work for Uber 16 hours a day.

While some would look at this as a sad commentary on life in America, many of those who choose to work these long hours are tremendously happy to have the opportunity. And the fact is, as long as Uber and other services similar to Uber continue to grow in popularity, we will see more and more opportunities for the unemployed to find work. This is a good thing, and should be applauded, not condemned.

Now if I could just get in on an Uber IPO!

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