Uber driver: “You’re better off working at McDonald’s”

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The problem isn’t just uncertainty about what drivers can earn. Some also end up in deeper financial trouble by leasing cars from Uber’s Xchange program. One driver, Joan, got caught in this trap after she hit a pothole and damaged her car’s suspension system. She spent nearly all the money she had to get the car fixed. Then, when efforts to repair the vehicle failed, she spent more to lease a car from Uber.

Journal of People

by KATIE WELLSKAFUI ATTOH AND DECLAN CULLEN

People’s World | August 08, 2017

Uber driver says: “You’d be better off working at McDonald’s”

In this July 15, 2015 file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport . | Jeff Chiu / AP

To be an Uber driver is to work when you want. Or so Uber likes to say in recruitment materials, advertisements, and sponsored research papers: “Be your own boss.” “Earn money on your schedule.” “With Uber, you’re in charge.” The language of freedom, flexibility, and autonomy abounds, and can seem like a win for workers.

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