Lime / Bird Scooter juicer

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Yes indeed I am working as a juicer....here in Portland Oregon. I’m actually a licensed public school teacher residential treatment counselor, therapist, and Audio Engineer, but I decided to take a little break from it all and explore painting.

Unfortunately I’m not from a rich family nor do I have a savings account that I can live off of so I decided to try my hand at a few part time/whenever, type of jobs. Lime scooter charging is one of them.

I’ve been working as a Juicer for about a month now. It has its ups and downs.

It’s ups; 1) it pays daily, 2) you can work whenever, 3) you dont have a manager sitting over your shoulder, 4) you can work in your pajamas if you wanted, 5) you don’t have to sit in a office, 6) you don’t have to deal with workplace bureaucracy, and 7) it’s not exactly back breaking work....to name a few.

It doesn’t come without its downsides as well....1.) the learning curve is rough, 2.) it’s dangerous to try and drive around while attempting to locate the somewhat hidden scooter with you phone in downtown traffic. 3.) it pays pretty low (between 5-9 dollars a scooter) 4.) they have to be turned in by 7 am the following day or you get in trouble and your already tiny paycheck get smaller (if you are minutes late they penalize you). 5.) If you happen to pick up a scooter that either doesn’t charge or is broken for some reason, you don’t get paid for it all…6.) I can’t count the number of times I’ve driven 20 blocks to a remote scooter location on the map only to have it disappear or get picked up by someone else a minute before I arrive... Which believe it or not is super frustrating. 7.) the scooters are filthy

And last but not least, what I believe is the biggest downside.....

8.) they only provide you with 4 chargers (if you’re lucky enough to get them) and each scooter takes about 6 to 7 1/2 hours to charge…

......combine that with the fact there aren’t many (if any) available to pickup for charging during the first half of the day...:(they usually start popping up at afternoon / night)..... and you end up with a situation where you usually can only get one cycle of charging done daily......that’s basically 20 dollars before taking out costs like wear on your vehicle, gasoline, power bill increases at your house.....

Once you finish charging the scooter at your house you have to return them to predetermined serving locations… You’ll find them on the map in the application on your phone… They have a strict limit of how many scooters can be placed at each location (usually 4) … Once you scan them in and serve them at an available location, they want you to take a photograph showing your positioning work.

(FYI: They want them 8-12 inches apart, in a specific location in the sidewalk/bus stop/ thorough fare.....with their handlebars each turned left.... as you can tell, there are very specific about what they want)

The bummer here is these ‘serving’ locations are generally in the central part of the city. I live in Deep South east (Sellwood on the border with Milwaukee) and there isn’t a location to drop them anywhere close.

In fact the closest location is like 4-5 Miles......towards town...::

Remember they need to be there before 7:01 am ( or you are deducted....)

WHICH MEANS YOU GET TO DEAL WITH DRIVING INTO TOWN WITH THE REST OF THE RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC....:that’s not the worst part.

This little rush hour commute actually can be really really stressful...:not only due to the hard 7am deadline but more regarding their charge levels…

In order to get paid your full 5-9 dollars, the scooters have to be charged to a minimum of 95%… most of them, regardless of how long you plug them in for, won’t charge past 98%. After you unplug them, they start counting down their percentage remaining.....even when you’re not riding them, theyre batteries start draining out. A big issue is there is no way to turn off the headlight or taillight…

You end up losing at very least 1 percent ever 5 minutes.

When:

  1. a large portion of the scooters wont charge past 98 percent (some won’t charge past 96 percent!)
  2. they have to be served at these centrally located locations at a minimum of 95 percent charge
  3. you can’t stop them from draining themselves
  4. rush hour is unpredictable
.....so you can see where the stress comes from. I’ve actually been reprimanded both for serving my scooters late and/or under charged, as a result of a rush hour congestion issue, or a faulty battery that won’t charge all the way issue.

Combine this stress with the actual work involved, the minimal pay out you get, and they inability to sleep in, and the tickets you’re sure and get as a result of using your cell phone while driving… And you have a bit of a quandary.

I’ve found it something to do to help pay my Utilities… But it’s not exactly the rent pair or main moneymaker I thought it was going to be…

As you can see it definitely has its ups and downs…

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Badacatt.

link
https://www.reddit.com/r/LimeBike/comments/89tpqy
 
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