UPDATE 3/13/15: The first lawsuit has been filed in California: see LA Times, The Examiner, and the 22 page complaint. At around 8pm, if you were eligible, Lyft sent an email with the number of people you referred and the amount of your bonus.
UPDATE: Lyft EXTENDS deadline to March 12 for those who applied for this promotion and pass their DMV and background check by March 5. Read more here.
PEOPLE ARE ANGRY ABOUT LYFTGATE
Bad publicity is building: see Forbes, Twitter, Uberpeople, Jetsetter, Slickdeals, Facebook, and BuzzFeed. Today is the last day for drivers to be approved so they could complete 1 ride and earn a $1,000 Bonus both for themselves and for those who referred them. Many have reported delays with the background check while others were approved but the Lyft app still does not allow them to drive! There is even chatter about a class action lawsuit on Reddit, Uberpeople and Twitter (with a hastag #Lyftgate and #Lyftthedeadline). (Update: On Slickdeals, at least one person reported doing their first ride while one of my readers emailed to report that he completed his first ride around 5pm on 3/5/15.)
POLL: Were you Rejected or Approved for Lyft's $1,000 Driver Promotion?
Total Voters: 283
GET ON THE LIST & PETITION
Did Lyft stiff you?
I am contacting Lyft execs with a list of people who got stiffed in an attempt to help applicants get their sign up bonus. If you would like to be added to the list, please fill out this form. I can’t make any promises but I think this is wrong to stiff so many people who signed up in good faith! [Update: I have tried discussing this with Lyft but was just told that the promotion is over and there is nothing else that can be done.] A petition has been started as well (source: Slickdeals) now up to almost 400 people.
Lyft created a lot of buzz last week when they offered a $1000 bonus to new drivers who complete just 1 ride. So much buzz that within 24 hours, and thousands of applicants later, Lyft was overwhelmed and changed the offer to require 30 rides (for those who apply after Feb 27 at 3pm EST). Those who applied before the change have to get approved and complete their 1 ride by today, Thursday March 5, 2015. Applicants can check their status here. Lyft says they will provide an update Friday, March 6…after the deadline. Many drivers report contacting Sterling to check the status of their background check.
Many applicants have either either been rejected without any explanation or still waiting for a response. At this point, it appears that most people will not get the approval before the deadline and not be able to collect the $1,000 bonus.
WHAT WILL LYFT DO?
According to Forbes, a Lyft spokesperson said, “We will be in touch with updates for applicants who were not able to qualify for the latest promotion, after this promotion concludes.” Perhaps that means that Lyft will somehow make it up to the drivers only and not those who referred them (saving at least $1,000 per driver).
One person reported getting approved here Uberpeople.net.
Is Lyft stalling so they don’t have to pay the $1000? Possibly.
What happens to those who are approved after the deadline? Will they still be eligible for the $1,000 bonus? Or maybe a smaller bonus? Or will Lyft come through and extend the deadline?
What do you think?
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