By Brittany Butler
A white Ford Explorer SUV is parked in front of a beach house. Inside the car, the windows are wiped down, the interior is dusted, leather seats are free of any spills, and the carpet is vacuumed with no stains. It’s a spotless car from the inside to the outside.
There is something unique about the person that drives it. In the back seat there is a sign that reads Amenities. There’s water, candy, snacks, gum, mints, tissues, wet wipes, a lint roller, hand sanitizer, Febreze, car sick bags, and acetaminophen. There’s even a tip jar for people that want to tip for great service.
English teacher Mrs. Angela Masser, a part time Uber driver in the summer, strives to make a safe, comfortable, and fun trip for both herself and her customers.
When Masser decided she would start working for Uber, she was actually in the car for the first time ever with an Uber driver who was driving her to her destination. Masser began to ask him questions about what it was like to be an Uber driver.
One of the things he told Masser was that he makes around $1,000 a week just driving people around. She quickly became interested in being an Uber driver herself.
Her very first Uber run was “unforgettable” Masser said. She never imagined she would get to drive a group of Broadway singers in her lifetime. The entire ride they did nothing but sing and jam out to songs from Rehoboth Beach to Bethany Beach.
That is what she loves about Uber driving.
“It’s fun, easy, and unique, every ride is different,” said Masser.
She gets to meet new people, hold the most amazing conversations, and just really connect with her customers.
In fact Masser keeps an Uber journal. After each Uber run she writes little notes and details about the people that she drove so she can read her journal later in life and reminisce about all of the great laughs and memories she shared with her customers.
Many people get very concerned or skeptical about Uber driving because of the possibility of getting harmed, whether it is the customer or even the driver that is taking you where you want to go.
However when it comes to Masser, she has no fear. She does everything in her power to stay safe. To ensure her safety, she normally only makes Uber runs from 4 p.m. to midnight, because she doesn’t want to stay out too late when she could possibly run into problems.
Luckily she has never run into danger or even felt endangered, and if she ever did feel like she was in danger she could quickly cancel the run and pull away.
“I would recommend this to anyone that has free time, especially teachers because we have off in the summer, this is not a job where you are required to work at a certain time, you can pick and choose when you want to work,” said Masser. “This is something that I enjoy and will be doing for a long time.”
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