Well, yesterday I encountered my first Uber mask “situation”.
Uber demands that everyone wear masks
Uber has a policy that some drivers and passengers must wear masks, with a few exceptions.
I didn’t have much experience until this. I used the rightshare app twice for the first six months of the epidemic – go to the airport An international trip of mine. Both rides are undetectable.
However, since I came to Germany I have been using a little more to get around the Uber, and my experiences until this weekend were good – not only did the drivers wear masks, but there was a plastic shield in the front and back row. Between that and opening the windows, it feels safe enough.
Then I did my ride yesterday.
My Uber driver was angry about wearing the mask
Yesterday afternoon Ford and I arrived in an Uber in Berlin. It was raining so I could not open the windows, this was the first big one I had since coming to Germany, where there was no plastic shield between the first and second row (I’m not sure if this was one way or another policy, or if the drivers did something).
I immediately sat behind the driver and the Ford sat next to me. When we got on the Uber, I saw the driver wearing his mask… then he took it off 10 seconds after we got inside. I could not see it directly, but Ford texted me about it.
One minute for the ride the guy (in German) asked “Is everything alright?” said.
Ford politely asked “Can you wear your mask please?”
He said “Why, do you think I have a corona?”
At that time I explained to him that we do not know who has the corona virus, it is about precautionary measures, and Uber drivers and passengers should wear masks.
When he wore the mask:
- He spent about 30 seconds on the masks, how uncomfortable they are to wear, and we think he has a corona virus
- He started driving very aggressively, accelerated fast and went fast around the corners.
As for the instant Uber feedback loop, I’m a little confused as to why he was so arguable about it. I would not have reported him or given him a bad review if he was wearing a mask. But because he was so rude about it, I gave him a star and complained that he was not wearing a mask.
For what it’s worth, he’s the lowest rated Uber driver (4.6 stars), so I guess, that’s not surprising.
Apparently asking someone to wear a mask in line with a company policy is like now accusing them of having a corona virus. To be clear, for me this is not about whether you are pro-mask or anti-mask.
It’s very simple – with few exceptions, Uber guarantees that drivers will wear masks. He put on the mask when we got in the car to indicate he was wearing the mask, but after a few seconds he took it off. When confronted with that he tried to argue again and I do not know what he is trying to achieve
If you used the rightshare app during infections, have you had any masking incidents? How did they go?