I am a hoarder. Yep, I’m the person keeping several un-captured scooters locked up waiting for the bounties to approach $20.
I’ve been at this scooter game for about 6 months now. The first couple of months were fine and I played by the rules. Spent my evenings rounding up scooters to drop off in the morning and was averaging $30 daily for a couple hours of work. As time went on my city became filled with chargers and I noticed my earnings were taking a hit as a result. The nights I’d spend hunting scooters started to decrease until I wasn’t doing it at all. It just wasn’t worth my time.
I had been aware people were hoarding scooters and considered myself above it. This changed once I realized I wasn’t charging anymore. If Bird or Lime deactivates me for hoarding that’s fine, I’ll do something else.
At first I was hoarding in my garage. This led to people coming onto my property at night, confronting me while I’m outside, and coming to my door. Obviously this wasn’t going to work long term. Instead I started looking for other places to hoard scooters. I quickly decided to pay for a storage unit with power and signed a year lease.
This was a game changer. I’m now able to hoard more scooters in a place that’s gated with surveillance at all times. To limit my trips to the storage unit I keep a journal of all Scooter IDs and capture them remotely once the bounty is maxed.
I’ve been doing this for several months now and heard nothing from Bird or Lime about my activity. I survived Birds “hoarder crackdown” as I never take scooters that aren’t currently available to riders.
Many of you reading this are likely condemning my actions. That’s okay, I would have too when I first started. Bird and Lime could easily figure out what I’m doing and stop me if they wanted to but they aren’t. So I ask you, if the companies who own the scooters don’t care enough to stop me then why do you?