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Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 3:23pm On Jul 24
A Lagos Uber driver, ������� @MaxOfLagos, shared some of his experiences on the job. Some are hilarious while others are just downright strange.

Lagos is...unique grin

I was an Uber driver for a few months in Lagos. Gender doesn't matter, almost everyone is rude

I did notice a pattern: the worst of them tended to be the ones who definitely cannot afford a car. Reason unclear, cause you'd think they'd appreciate the value more

Also, almost everyone is apparently unable to read and understand the meaning of "Your driver is completing a trip nearby".

I'm sure it sounds like a simple concept now when you read it, but it really does escape most people.

Always amusing and somewhat embarrassing when someone starts out very rude and by the end of the trip they're asking if they can save your phone number to discuss "business" or some other such thing.

There were some good ones. For example, I met the person who helped me land the voiceover of that Johnnie Walker ad when I picked him up for an Uber ride.

There was of course that one chick who made the mandatory joke about getting a different kind of "ride" in addition to the Uber ride. She didn't get what she was looking for.

There was a lady who was going to visit/fight her in-laws somewhere on the Ogun State border. Very lucrative and entertaining trip. She brought snacks, the fight ended in a victory for us and everyone was home before sundown. 10/10

Generally people are surprised to find that their Uber car is an SUV and then further surprised when they hear me speak. Interestingly, they almost always assumed the reason I was driving was that I was down on my luck. One person tried to buy the car, that was quite strange.

I once picked up a group of university kids from Ibadan who were here for a beach party. What I found interesting about them is how incredibly respectful they were. Confirmation that only Lagos people don't have sense Loudly crying face

Driving in the Chevron/Agungi area really exposed me to the internet fraud community and I found it interesting how established they are and the remarkably ordinary nature of their lives. We often imagine them to be like those guys the FBI arrests. Not always the case.

That last tweet isn't an endorsement of fraud. Just pointing out that they don't all live flashy lives based on my observations. It is still a crime.

The foreigners I picked up were also interesting. There was a Syrian guy who barely spoke a lick of English and believed he could make it as a mechanic in Nigeria. I followed up, he now runs a restaurant owned by another Syrian.

There was an Italian lady who thought that Nigeria was hopeless because she believed young people are just as corrupt as the older people who currently run the country. We didn't get to explore that further but it was curious that it came from a foreigner who lives here.

Fellow from Taiwan who thought Nigerians rich business potential but always got lazy and chose to do things that everyone else was already doing rather than innovate. He learned this in 15 years of doing business here. I didn't disagree.
cheesy

https://mobile.twitter.com/MaxOfLagos/status/1286398608598859777

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 3:23pm On Jul 24
contd

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 3:25pm On Jul 24
I have never ridden an SUV uber. I thought that was a fable undecided

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 3:26pm On Jul 24
Nope, he is not endorsing Hushpuppi and brethren.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 3:27pm On Jul 24
And finally...

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 4:10am On Jul 25
Having to deal with different kinds of people in my line of work has taught me patience so I try as much as possible to be polite to service providers. Besides, I have home training grin

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by GAZZUZZ(m): 6:27am On Jul 25
Ishilove:
Having to deal with different kinds of people in my line of work has taught me patience so I try as much as possible to be polite to service providers. Besides, I have home training grin

undecided

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by uboma(m): 7:26am On Jul 25
Funny but an interesting piece.

It's strange how some peeps assume that you have nothing better to do just because one is an Uber Driver (or a personal Driver).

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Praxtech: 8:38am On Jul 25
Ishilove:
Having to deal with different kinds of people in my line of work has taught me patience so I try as much as possible to be polite to service providers. Besides, I have home training grin
You? Who left and gave you right to describe yourself?

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Petyprincess(f): 9:09am On Jul 25
These uber drivers are usually respectful sha o, nd as a good girl with home training i never being rude to anyone. They literally hustling like everyone out there so why should i be rude? But seems some of them doing something about their tracker that it charges alot to what i always expect grin

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by StubbornGENIUS: 9:52am On Jul 25
Ishilove:
Having to deal with different kinds of people in my line of work has taught me patience so I try as much as possible to be polite to service providers. Besides, I have home training grin
Yeah,patience and respect are rare virtues.It still amazes me how Uber drivers are often belittled.My landlord's son,heir to an array of estates, drove a cab for uber after his NYSC for years.I can now relate to his rants,finally.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 10:47am On Jul 25
StubbornGENIUS:
Yeah,patience and respect are rare virtues.It still amazes me how Uber drivers are often belittled.My landlord's son,heir to an array of estates, drove a cab for uber after his NYSC for years.I can now relate to his rants,finally.
I don't know if upbringing plays a role but I wonder how people can be rude to their service providers.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 10:49am On Jul 25
Praxtech:

You? Who left and gave you right to describe yourself?
Hold on...

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 10:49am On Jul 25
GAZZUZZ:


undecided
Wazzdat sir?
Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by StubbornGENIUS: 10:51am On Jul 25
Ishilove:

I don't know if upbringing plays a role but I wonder how people can be rude to their service providers.
I wonder oo.It's not like they can do the job themselves.And yes,upbringing plays a major role,though some peeps get carried away by peer pressure.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Praxtech: 10:51am On Jul 25
Ishilove:

Hold on...
Well I have better grounds to assess your credibility and integrity. But you may not find it palatable.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Praxtech: 10:52am On Jul 25
StubbornGENIUS:
I wonder oo.It's not like they can do the job themselves.And yes,upbringing plays a major role,though some peeps get carried away by peer pressure.
Na wa o. You crossed over from here to yonder...
Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 10:54am On Jul 25
Praxtech:

Well I have better grounds to assess your credibility and integrity. But you may not find it palatable.
Issokay. You can take a seat and join the others waaaaaaaaaay over there waiting for me to give a fvck about their opinions.

Tengz and happy waiting.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 10:56am On Jul 25
StubbornGENIUS:
I wonder oo.It's not like they can do the job themselves.And yes,upbringing plays a major role,though some peeps get carried away by peer pressure.
It's only secondary school kids that should be influenced by peer pressure. If you're an adult and your friends can still influence you then there is something seriously wrong with that person.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by StubbornGENIUS: 11:03am On Jul 25
Ishilove:

It's only secondary school kids that should be influenced by peer pressure. If you're an adult and your friends can still influence you then there is something seriously wrong with that person.
Agreed.But i've seen few instances of peer pressure influencing an adult's behaviour.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by StubbornGENIUS: 11:07am On Jul 25
Lalasticlala please drop your review after reading.We're waiting.
Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Ishilove: 11:08am On Jul 25
StubbornGENIUS:
Agreed.But i've seen few instances of peer pressure influencing an adult's behaviour.
Those adults obviously are not very strong willed individuals.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by StubbornGENIUS: 11:16am On Jul 25
Ishilove:

Those adults obviously are not very strong willed individuals.
Yep,that's the word:lack of strong WILL.

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Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Shellsploit: 3:03pm On Jul 25
sad
Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by janedonez(m): 3:04pm On Jul 25
In most big cities, the perverted one's try to make double gains especially with their female clients. Ask those who work weekends, they know better
Re: Musings Of A Lagos Uber Driver by Balenciagaxxx(f): 3:05pm On Jul 25
Ok

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