Yesterday was Uber’s “Double Your Tip” day, where they would wait for it …double your tips.  Uber matched the tips of the passengers. It was a “nice” gesture but due to the law of unintended consequences, it did not go how they planned.

Thanks But No Thanks

Double Your Tip Day: a day where Uber thanked the drivers for going above and beyond. Instead, I received fewer passengers and only one tip. I appreciate even that one tip, but I would have preferred to have more passengers who did not tip.

Unintended Consequences of Doubling Tips

In an effort to thank drivers and reward them, they encouraged people who did not normally drive to drive. More drivers = fewer passengers = less tips. I do not know how many people actually benefited from their supposed benevolence. However, if they really wanted to reward drivers they should have only doubled the tips of certain drivers. Drivers who had driven a certain amount in a preceding time period. This would have limited it to drivers who actually drive all the time and not the “Johnny come lately” who drive infrequently.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (i.e., the law of unintended consequences personally)

During the day I ended up at the airport (which is a common occurrence) and waited in line for a passenger. There were over 100 Uber/Lyft drivers waiting. I made the egregious error of pulling forward into an empty space and incurred the wrath of several of the other Uber drivers. It did not come to blows, thankfully.

Apparently, I was in the wrong for not seeing another driver who was waiting for the spot as I pulled forward to help other drivers who were coming in the entrance. All this because I was trying to be nice. Unintended consequences rear its ugly head once again.

As a consequence of having fewer passengers, I went home early. I do not like wasting gas. I drove just like I normally did and only had a few passenger requests. Ce la vie!

Final Thoughts on The Law of Unintended Consequences

We can make the best plans in the world and be as nice as possible but sometimes things just go wrong. There is nothing you can do about it while it is happening. The important thing to remember is that you made a good faith effort and that is not diminished by the unintended consequences. Next time try to anticipate better.

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