Tenia, Lyft driver
“People are coming here to work and they’re sleeping in their cars, camping out here just to make money and they can’t afford to live….If I’m calculating my hourly or take-home pay at the end of me paying Lyft it’s like $9 an hour…I’m making change, it’s not even minimum wage. I just want to be paid fairly for my timeI just want to paid fairly for my time,” says Tenia, a Lyft driver who has seen how the rental program has made it harder and harder for drivers to make ends meet.
“I’m starting off my week in a $400 hole it seems like, and I have to work 12-hour days in order to get myself out of that hole—and then hopefully I make enough at the end of the week to be able to pay my bills. It’s taken a toll on my sleep. I get maybe three or four hours of sleep and then I’m right back to it.+