Pablo Azar understands the highs of acting in telenovelas.
The 34-year-old from Mexico has appeared in Reina de Corazones and Bella Calamidade, and he has amassed a large number of fans. But when he’s not on camera, Azar earns his money like other up-and-coming actors. He drives for Uber to make ends meet. “At first, I was ashamed of this,” Azar told the New York Times, “Our fans from Latin America who watch novelas, they think we are millionaires and that we drive Ferraris and live in Beverly Hills.” Azar’s story is not unique either. When they are between jobs, those who act for Telemundo are often out scrambling to pay rent.
“In telenovelas,” Katie Barberi told the New York Times, “they can kill your character off in the middle of the shoot and you are paid that day, and it’s over.”
Most actors who work for Telemundo, the Miami-based Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal, do not fall under the protection of SAG-Aftra, the television industry’s union. Because the shows are in Spanish, Telemundo has been able to argue that their programming does not meet the union’s requirements. So far this loophole has worked to Telemundo’s benefit, keeping the network exempt from the costs of employee-related health insurance, potential residuals, or to cover any accident on set, which is not an uncommon experience. The company and the unions are currently in talks, but what happens next remains to be seen. For more coverage out the entire story at the New York Times.
Unfortunately, we see a lot of terrible stories associated with Uber and other ride-share apps but this definitely isn’t one of them. No, this story of persistence, hard work and the power of being genuinely happy for other people’s success is making the rounds and we can’t stop watching it.
On, July 14th, 2019, Twitter user @718rubyy went viral when she tweeted a short video of her recent Uber ride.
In the tweet, she explains that her Uber driver shared with her that she might just be his lucky charm. What might have read as a pickup line, is actually some really awesome news. The tweet explains that — after two years of trying — the unnamed Uber driver has finally been accepted into Harvard University!
“My God, guys! My Uber driver got into Harvard,” she can be heard cheering. “Black Excellence!”
As if that good news wasn’t enough, the response of his passenger made the announcement even better. The Dominicana Uber patron can be heard on the video celebrating and hyping up her driver.
Her Uber driver took the congratulations with a balance of pride and shyness — ducking away from the camera while recording.
Twitter was quick to join in on the congratulations for this Harvard-bound young man.
This Twitter user had some words of encouragement and advice for the new Harvard student. When you’ve got good momentum, don’t slow down. We’re sure he’ll keep working towards his unquestionably bright future.
Others users pointed out that his passenger’s excitement on video is positively infectious.
This Dominicana must know that when one of us win, we all win. So, naturally, it makes sense to celebrate this young man’s accomplishments with the energy that we see on the video.
Some Twitter users suggested the Harvard student should continue to explore his luck.
Luck isn’t everything. We’re sure getting into Harvard took a lot of hard work as well. STILL, this new student should take full advantage of this good luck streak and hope for more positivity coming his way.
Like any good story, followers have been looking for the romance in this tale.
In fact, some were projecting their own romantic hopes for the pair. No word if there’s a love connection resulting from this Uber meet-cute, but we’ll keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, we ship it.
However, some Twitter users saw it more as an ingenious pick-up line instead of true love.
We can see how it would seem that way but the news looks pretty genuine. Either way, we respect his game if it’s truly a line.
No matter what you feel about a possible romance between the two, one thing was agreed upon by all.
Uber story or not, this is the kind of content we like to see on the TL. Good luck at Harvard next year, mystery Uber driver!
Taxi drivers came out in full force across Mexico City, blocking streets, tourist attractions, and major intersections. They’re protesting what they say is unfair competition from ride-sharing services like Uber, Cabify, and Didi.
They want the apps banned in Mexico.
Their bloqueos of some the city’s most important streets and attractions made news around the world.
The taxistas started congregating in the zócalo (the city’s giant public plaza) around 6:30 am, while roadblocks started going up at 10:00 am all around the capital. and were expected to remain until noon. Drivers were even blocking major entry points to the city along highways from Pachuca, Toluca, and Cuernavaca.
Taxis were even suspending services in districts across the city.
The drivers complain that inconsistent regulation creates an uneven playing field for them to compete with ride-sharing, and want more robust regulation of their competitors. One of their biggest complaints is that taxis in Mexico City have to be painted a certain way – white and pink – which can cost up to MXN$2,500 (about $125 USD).
Several drivers said the ride-hailing apps have cost them 40% of their earnings.
According to some estimates, Mexico City is home to the world’s largest taxi fleet.
With that many cabs out there, it kinda makes sense how they were able to bring the city to a standstill with their demonstration.
Many across the capital were shocked by their tactics.
Drivers would form giant groups of taxis and invade entire districts, intersections, plazas, and major tourist attractions. They succeeded at shocking residents and tourists alike while snarling traffic across the city of more than 20 million people.
At one point, taxi drivers enlisted the help of bus drivers to help block streets.
Now imagine trying to get through the city’s narrow street or already traffic-chocked streets with gangs of taxis and giant buses…
Mexican Twitter was full of opinions on the taxi strike and taxi drivers themselves.
With the strike bringing much of the city to a standstill and the already negative attitudes towards taxistas in the city, many were not happy.
In an all too common sight in Mexico City, videos emerged of taxi gangs attacking Uber drivers.
These attacks on Uber drivers are nothing new. When the ride-sharing app first arrived in Mexico City, it was common for drivers arriving at the airport to be pelted with rocks.
And people are fed up.
Most people on Twitter had the same feelings and thoughts – either evolve with the industry or you’re going to go extinct.
Residents were quick to call out the taxi drivers on social media for the reasons why they’re losing to Uber.
Basically saying that if drivers cleaned their cars, were friendly, and didn’t try to rob you with high fares, they wouldn’t have to worry about competition from Uber.
The memes out on Mexican Twitter in response to all of this were pretty amazing.
Translation: “It’s not you, it’s your bad service.”
And apparently, the taxi strike happened to fall on World Bike Day…
Leading many to suggest taking your commute into your own hands while helping the environment – ride a bike!
All of this had many dreaming of a Mexico City without taxis.
And the people were totally here for it.
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