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Uber drivers' Super Bowl strike was a bust

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on February 8, 2016

From The Travis Shrugged Desk

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. So ended the proposed strike by Uber drivers, hoping to disrupt yesterday's Super Bowl.

According to eye-witnesses on the ground, and local media reports, very few drivers showed up to support the strike, preferring instead to take the surge pricing payments available druing the event. 

Fox Sports published an exchange between their reporter and "Mario," the Uber driver leading the strike:

"We're at Candlestick Park now," he said. "We may come down to the Super Bowl. We're waiting on people."

“How many people do you have,” I asked. 

He promised to send me a picture of the scene but never did. He sounded defeated. Just 45 minutes before kickoff it was clear no one was going to disrupt this party.

The drivers themselves confirm the strike was a bust. On the popular Uberpeople forum, driver "Lost in Translation" wrote:

The strike was a bust. The leaders have passion but no real organizational skills to build a database of drivers. Once they have a few thousand drivers they can count on, it is silly to try to strike.

UberBlackDriverLA also blamed the strike leadership:

The leaders of this "strike" attempt have no leadership skills. Screaming about shutting down the Superbowl was just plain rediculous. Shutting down the Uber lot was attainable, but these guys choose to attempt something the vast majority didn't want to participate in.  

In a separate thread, user MaGicMiKe explained his own reasons for skipping the strike:

I need money, what was the point. Uber drivers are a dime a dozen. Uber knows it. Drivers are not highly skilled individuals, besides if I strike, nobody's gonna just give me money. I'm not Union. Like it or not we signed up as independent contractor. I'm not looking for a career with uber.
 
 Still, the Super Bowl wasn't a complete success for Uber. Lost In Translation reports problems for the drivers who did show up for the event: 
[T]he California Highway Patrol pissed off enough Uber passengers in a way that the strikers never could
Apparently after Uber drivers left the red lot at the Super Bowl to deliver someone maybe to their car a few blocks away, there was no way to get back to the Red lot to pick up another pax

The CHP had blocked every possible entry way to Great America Parkway from all freeways and side roads.

And since Uber has no telephone support there was absolutely no way that any driver could've informed Uber of the cluster f**k that was going on right under their noses.

Uber paid $500,000 to the NFL only to piss off lots passengers coming from the Super Bowl who wanted to get an Uber but found there were no cars in the lot after the first 500 left.

Uber was sending text messages literally begging drivers to come back to the lot without knowing that it was impossible for drivers to come back to the lot thanks to the cops.

Lots of angry Uber passengers who could not get a ride. And drivers got screwed too, missing out on some 2.4 or 2.8 surge rides.