NORFOLK — One of the Nation’s fastest growing services has made its way to rural Nebraska. Uber, the popular ride-sharing mobile phone app, now has at least one driver based in the city of Norfolk.
Jim Carretto, a recently retired Lutheran Pastor from Wisner, has found part time work whenever he wants it, by driving for Uber. After 21 years at St. Paul’s Lutheran, he’s been driving for about a month and says he really enjoys the experience.
“A lot of the local people don’t even know Uber is in town,” says Carretto. He says that most of the calls he gets come from people staying in hotels and often ask to be taken to a restaurant or local bar for a drink. Carretto said, “Uber is a very unique company, [the driver] turn[s] on your app whenever you turn it on and if somebody needs a ride, they’ll call.”
Carretto said that he hasn’t worried about his safety with any passengers and that he’d even pick up people in area towns like Madison. Carretto’s son drives for Uber in Florida and he thought he’d try it. He says his friends in Wisner have a lot of questions about it and they think “he’s nuts.”
Carretto has answered an Uber call at 2:00 a.m. and says he feels good about helping people that need a ride and keeping the streets safer by helping out those who shouldn’t be driving.