ICH SPRECHE DEUTSCH

November 21, 2016 / Stereotypes

ICH SPRECHE DEUTSCH

Usually I take an Uber when leaving from home and I hail a black cab on my way back unless I can indicate a place where it’s safe to spot the Uber car. You know what they say about black cab drivers: cockney, slightly xenophobe, very British. To my big surprise my driver started to talk in perfect German with me after I had finished a call in my mother tongue. He knew his way around and was extremely polite. That was one of the most surreal moments since arriving to London since it overthrew (and confirmed) the cliché I had about the cabbies: such a London institution with their Knowledge exam and their particular way of driving through the city. Lesson learned: always expect to be surprised by people, when you least expect it.

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Another lesson learned is that UBER drivers are a special lot of people. In the last months I came across several drivers that select the times when they drive very carefully according to the most frequented periods of the week. For example, one driver told me that he is retired and financially safe and he only uses the proceeds from his UBER job to finance his trips across the globe. He would only drive a few times during the week as much as he liked and made the amounts he wanted and then leave home. Another interesting chap was the student who had paid down his Mercedes S-class within two years and was now saving to buy an apartment. He would only drive UBER Lux during 5-6 hours a day and study the rest of the time. It’s interesting, as an UBER client you won’t be able to use LUX when your rating is less than 4.3, since drivers rate their clients and not only vice versa. London is definitely a particular place since there are 12 year old kids who use UBER within the tiny area of Chelsea or Belgravia for £100 per day just to benefit from soft drinks, chocolate and the envy of the people watching them getting in and out of the limousine. On the other hand their parents made a bargain: save the money for a limousine and driver for the kid and have it all for themselves. Lux drivers are well protected from the bad mannered clients that are forced to use the lower categories available for them and can cash in. I don’t believe in UBER stories told in the news anymore – I listen to drivers’ stories from time to time.

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16.04.2017.

Dan

Yes, people can always surprise you. My friend and I took a cab in the US. My friend is Sudanese. Turned out the cab driver was also Sudanese. They had a wonderful conversation in their native language. Who would have thought!

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