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Is sharing always caring? AirTalk listeners’ horrific tales from the gig economy

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A sign in a Los Angeles Uber taken in July, 2016, asking customers to give a perfect five star rating. Lauren Osen/KPCC

Uber drivers who drive uber fast, perturbed Postmates, or an Airbnb that could use some airing out; these are just some of the ways your gig economy experience can go horribly wrong.

Sure, it’s great to have the option to order an Uber or Lyft at 1 a.m. when you need a sober ride home, but the drive can become a buzzkill if your driver is trying to recreate 2 Fast 2 Furious or, as was recently the case for one of AirTalk’s producers, he/she won’t stop trying to sell you homemade candies. And, of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe you had a truly traumatic experience with a short-term rental or got into a shouting match with a Grubhub driver who couldn’t find the front gate of your apartment complex and your food was delivered cold. If you’ve got a gig economy horror story, AirTalk wants to hear about it! Join the conversation at 866-893-5722 or post in the comments below!

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