He had a well-paid, high-profile job and a pedigree that qualifies as Chicago TV royalty.So news that Anthony Ponce had quit his gig as a reporter and weekend morning anchor for NBC-owned WMAQ-Ch. 5 to drive a car for ride-hailing service Lyft had media folk scratching their heads Monday morning.Has the 37-year-old Ponce — the son of "Chicago Tonight" host Phil Ponce and brother of WGN-Ch. 9 morning anchor Dan Ponce — lost his marbles?"Let me ask my wife!" said Anthony Ponce, whose wife, Maggie, gave birth to the couple's first child, Theo, five months ago. "I know I'm taking a risk."While Ponce conceded that NBC bosses' decision to pass him over for a promotion to replace the departing Stefan Holt as a morning anchor had figured in his reasons for quitting TV after nine years with WMAQ, he said it allows him to finally pursue a passion project: recording passengers who ride in the back seat of his Chevrolet Equinox.Audio recordings that Ponce has been making since March … [Read more...] about Anthony Ponce quits NBC news to drive for Lyft, produce podcast
(AP) An angry Lyft passenger turned car thief in Brooklyn this month after terrifying a driver and making off with his sedan. The incident occurred early in the morning of April 3 in the city's upscale Park Slope neighborhood, where the driver told police the passenger started screaming at him for not following his directions instead of the app's. The Brooklyn Paper first reported the crime, but incorrectly identified the car as an Uber. The incident took place on this street just outside of Prospect Park. (Google Street View) “I’m gonna beat your a--,” the passenger yelled, which frightened the driver so much that he pulled over and got out of the 2015 Toyota Camry, hoping it would cool things down. Instead, the passenger got into the driver’s seat and took off at high speed, but abandoned the car about a mile away, where police later found it with no damage or anything missing. Police have not publically revealed any suspects, … [Read more...] about Angry New York City Lyft passenger threatens driver, then steals his car
By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 17, 2018 at 8:13 am | UPDATED: April 18, 2018 at 4:21 am In San Jose, a rider tipped $270. In Tampa, Fla., the gratuity hit $400. And in New York, a satisfied passenger handed over a $1,000 tip. With numbers such as that, it’s no wonder how Lyft drivers have reached $500 million in tips. Just 10 months ago, Lyft said its drivers had reached $250 million in tips. In a company blog post, the company noted that the tips amount now stands at $500 million. That’s an incredible climb considering it took Lyft drivers four years to reach the initial tip total of $100 million. Lyft said part of the reason it believes tips have boomed of late is because the company has offered the ability to give tips as a function within its ride-hailing app–which is something Lyft pioneered in the ride-sharing market before its main rival, Uber. … [Read more...] about $270 tip in San Jose! How Lyft drivers reached $500 million in tips
Legislation that would set up statewide rules for Uber and Lyft won Louisiana House approval Tuesday evening.The measure, by House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, cleared the House 97-1.It next faces action in the state Senate. Bill to expand, regulate Uber and Lyft in Louisiana breezes through House committee A second push to craft uniform rules for Uber and Lyft, and expand the ride-sharing service to rural areas, cleared the House Transportation C… Last year a similar bill was endorsed by the House but died in the Senate.Backers said the rules are needed because they now vary from parish to parish, causing problems for riders.Barras told the House the bill would also allow Uber and Lyft services to be offered statewide, and boost their presence in rural areas."This is an opportunity to establish an industry in Louisiana that I think serves our purpose," Barras said."It certainly serves our citizens in a safe an efficient manner," he added.Barras said he has no … [Read more...] about Bill to regulate Uber, Lyft clears House; key test in Senate
Johnny Pollard, of Haltom City, drives for Uber full time and says the job has saved him from unemployment and provided him with a good living. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS) Johnny Pollard, of Haltom City, drives for Uber full time and says the job has saved him from unemployment and provided him with a good living. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS) FORT WORTH – About a year ago, 60-year-old Johnny Pollard found himself in need of a job – fast. His longtime employer, a Grapevine freight trucking company, had gone out of business. Pollard worried about interviewing for jobs because of his age, so instead he decided to try freelancing as a driver for Uber. And now, he is one of the shining stars at the ride-hailing company, grossing $1,200 to $1,800 per week giving customers rides all over the Dallas-Fort Worth region. “Uber saved me from unemployment,” the Haltom City resident said on a recent morning after picking up passengers … [Read more...] about Are drivers for Amazon, Lyft or Uber today’s version of factory workers?