Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work
SAN FRANCISCO — It was just after 11 a.m. last Wednesday when Jaime Maldonado, 51, pulled his rented Nissan into a parking lot outside San Francisco International Airport. He figured he had a long wait ahead of him — about two hours — before Lyft would ping him to pick up a passenger.
Occasionally, jets roared overhead — but not many, which meant not enough passengers for Mr. Maldonado, who said that before the coronavirus outbreak, he spent just 20 to 40 minutes waiting outside the airport before getting a customer.
To kill time, Mr. Maldonado got out of his car, looping the mask he recently started wearing during rides around his wrist, and went to talk to other drivers who were also waiting for passengers.
As the minutes ticked by, he wondered out loud, “What am I going to …continued .
[Source: New York Times]