Now Getting Lost Items Back From Uber Could Cost You $15

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Next time you leave your umbrella, book bag, or phone in an Uber it could cost you $15 to get it back. Starting today, the ride-sharing company is allowing drivers nationwide to charge a flat fee for bringing your missing items back to you.

A few years ago my friend Bob left his phone in an Uber we shared after a Giants game. We realized the error, got in touch with Uber who connected us with the driver, and a few hours later were reunited with our old driver and Bob’s phone. We tipped the driver close to $100 for the return. New phones are expensive, and we recognized that the time he spent coordinating and making a drop-off with us was time he wasn’t spending working. As it turns out, we were in the minority.

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Most people don’t take the driver into consideration when asking for an item to be returned. While the driver is a contractor with Uber, they’re not an employee, which means when they’re delivering your item back that’s essentially a personal trip for them. You’re preventing them from picking up other fares and asking them to spend their time and gas money to do you, a person whom they just met for 10 minutes, a favor. It’s a big of a big ask for a stranger.

Driver’s forums are littered with reports of people like us requesting the return of lost items, and when they’re returned not even offering so much as a

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