When a Passenger Might Have Thought I Was Going to Kill Her #RideshareConfessional

By | March 30th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Dogoff Zambrano via Unsplash I always try to remember to confirm a passenger’s destination before pulling away from the curb. When a girl climbed into the car a few days ago, I said the name of the street she was going to. “Yep,” she said, putting [...]

The Man With the Teardrop Tattoo #RideshareConfessional

By | March 28th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Reza Shayestehpour via Unsplash The rider canceled once, but I kept driving in their general direction because sometimes people cancel their ride request accidentally, or sometimes they want to try to get a driver who's closer but it’s just not going to happen, so I try [...]

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The Woman Who Never Said a Word #RideshareConfessional

By | March 20th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by The How Photographer via Unsplash I picked them up in front of a nondescript science center, the name of which I can no longer remember. The mom was impatient and tired. The little guy, maybe eight years old, was only tired. They didn't crawl into the [...]

When I Picked Up an Angry Rider Who Said She Needed a Blunt #RideshareConfessional

By | March 17th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Ander Burdain via Unsplash I had my angriest rider ever the other day. This is what happened. Sometimes, it can be hard to find someone. Sometimes, a person's location pin drops in a strange place, or they request a ride from the back of their house [...]

Addiction, Recovery, and When I Almost Stole Someone’s Groceries #RideshareConfessional

By | March 15th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Jakob Owens via Unsplash “I’m surprised we could find each other,” the young man said, laughing. I stared at him for a moment and then laughed, too: we both had large, bushy beards in our profile pics, and we had both recently shaved those beards off. [...]

The Girl Who Cannot Leave #RideshareConfessional

By | March 13th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Anubhav Saxena via Unsplash Sometimes when I'm driving in Philadelphia, it can be difficult to find a customer, especially during rush hour when there are thousands of people on the sidewalks and impatient cars behind you. It's a busy place, and that's part of what makes [...]

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The Warrior Disguised as a Grandmother #RideshareConfessional

By | March 11th, 2017|Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Brendan Church via Unsplash The African-American grandmother climbs into the front seat of my car, propping her cane between her legs. She has a tube delivering oxygen, and the tube runs across her upper lip, but I cannot see what it is connected to. Her three [...]