Uber has successful opening weekend in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Adam Berthelot signed up to become an Uber driver because he felt it was a way to make a difference and help people avoid some of the mistakes he's made in the past.
"I work in the substance abuse treatment program now and in the non-profit substance abuse treatment field, and so the extra income is welcomed. And also it helps me support my passion which is making sure people don't make the same mistakes I did," said Berthelot
Berthelot is a recovering alcoholic and after one weekend, he already feels like he has made a great choice.
"I did pick up some impaired individuals that most likely would have drove home if it wasn't for uber. So that kind of validated it all for me," he said.
And it wasn't just limited to those who had a few too many drinks. Berthelot says the app-themed service was buzzing with users all weekend.
"As I popped it on throughout the night, rides were steadily popping up, all the way through Sunday. As of now, my phone still keeps going off," he added.
And as word spreads around town about uber and students return to campus, the company expects continued growth.
"I can't really speak for what Cab companies say but what I can say is that we've seen an incredible amount of enthusiasm for the service here and people are thrilled to have an alternative that is cheap, safe, and reliable," said Thomas Hayes.