Uber increases its booking fee. What’s a booking fee?

Uber is increasing its booking fee by 20 to 35 cents. A booking fee is a fee Uber charges the rider on each ride. The driver does not receive any of this money. It goes entirely to Uber. What is a booking fee? Uber says the fee is “to cover safety as well as additional … Continue reading “Uber increases its booking fee. What’s a booking fee?”

Uber will not leave Maryland

The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled that Uber and Lyft drivers will not be required to have fingerprint-based background checks. It means Uber will not be removing service in the state of Maryland as they threatened to do if they did not receive a waiver to the requirement. Taxicab drivers and other similar professionals are … Continue reading “Uber will not leave Maryland”

Uber threatens to leave Maryland over background checks

If Uber is going to do more background checks, do them on passengers. If someone is a sexual offender or a violent criminal, I don’t want them in my car

If Uber is going to do more background checks, do them on passengers. If someone is a sexual offender or a violent criminal, I don’t want them in my car

Driving for Uber: My first rude passenger

My on again, off again part time career as an Uber driver was more on again this week. I drove a couple of times and my experiences, for the most part, were positive. You do not have to yell I only had one bad rider. She was just a rude, terrible person. As soon as we left her house, I attempted to start small talk … Continue reading “Driving for Uber: My first rude passenger”

What it’s like to drive for Uber

A few months ago, I signed up to be an Uber driver. The way Uber works is that as an Uber driver, you are an independent contractor. You don’t work for Uber. You are your own boss. You work as much or as little as you wish. Everything is handled through your smartphone. When you … Continue reading “What it’s like to drive for Uber”

The economic reality of comic book conventions

Denise Dorman, wife of illustrator Dave Dorman, wrote a blog post about how attending comic book conventions as an industry professional is a money losing endeavor. According to Denise, people go to comic book conventions not to see artists like her husband and buy some of their work, but to see cosplayers, folks who dress … Continue reading “The economic reality of comic book conventions”