I had a very brief experience working with Uber Eats. It actually only lasted one day. Here’s the story.
After hearing rumors about higher wages and fewer cyclists at Uber Eats, I thought that I’d move over to the dark side. I headed over to the Uber offices in Westminster to signup. I ended up completing the process before I realized I had even started; it was over in a matter of seconds and they didn’t even ask me if I could ride a bike. I was also using a Deliveroo bag but they didn’t seem to care about that either. I opened up the app before lunch and waited for the flurry of orders to pile in. Guess what. They didn’t.
At 7 pm I got my first order. A MacDonald’s Big Mac. Seeing as Deliveroo don’t work with MacDonald’s this was going to be a new experience. Long story short: it was dreadful. I cued for 20 minutes trying to get the order and the coke bottle spilled all over the inside of my bag whilst cycling (not Really MacDonald’s fault but it still pissed me off). I proceeded to get two more orders that night. When I finished it was 11 pm and I was fuming. I’d made £17 (which is pretty good for three orders), but these were some of the longest orders I had ever done.
Also, Ubereats don’t have any zones, which means I was delivering to the whole of London. Yes, they only give you orders which are near to you, but they don’t keep you in your zone. This meant that after three orders I was in central London and had to cycle almost an hour to get back home. Not what you want to do at 11 pm at night.
To be fair to Uber Eats they are a lot better than when I signed up, but I really think that they are more designed for motorcycles rather than for cyclists. Anyway, if you want to sign up for Deliveroo then you can get a £50 bonus using the link below!
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