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Here's Why Random People Are Posting Lyft Coupons in All Your Facebook Events

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Have you seen any Lyft coupons in your Facebook events lately, St. Louis?
If you're anything like us, a string of foxy ladies have been posting coupon codes for Lyft, the mustachioed rideshare service, in many of your Facebook Events.

Writing like they're sharing a helpful hint to some galpals ("Try Lyft -- it's like a cab, but costs less"), the coupon patterers post a code that gets new users who download the Lyft app $25 in free rides.

The coupon posts feel rather skeezy, and not only because they're heavily promotional, scripted and repeated on numerous Facebook events.

See also: Lyft Never Told New Drivers It's Technically Illegal, Not Licensed in St. Louis

The Facebook users posting them -- typically beautiful young women with very few friends, overly eclectic taste in sports, music and movies and an out-of-state home address -- appear to be ghost profiles that disappear after a few weeks. None of the coupon posters contacted by Daily RFT responded to Facebook messages, and their profiles no longer exist.

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Lyft also has a restraining order pending against it in a St. Louis circuit court, meaning the app is technically disabled here until a judge's ruling. So even if you do download the app, you can't use the $25 in free rides unless the judge rules that Lyft can operate in St. Louis or the company applies for a taxi license.

So Daily RFT reached out to Lyft to explain where this zealous social-media marketing campaign came from, and the answer is as boardroom boring as you'd expect:

Lyft passengers and drivers across the country are very excited about our referral program, which gives each individual a unique code that they can use to grant a free ride up to $25 to any new Lyft passengers (for every new passenger that uses their code, they get a free ride too). This is why you've seen so many coupon codes on Facebook.

Lyft's "Give a Ride, Get a Ride" program offers free rides to anyone who gets a non-Lyft user to download the app, which is the only way riders can use Lyft. Riders are encouraged to share their personalized code via e-mail, text message and social media.

So there you have it. The people posting in your Facebook events are just catfishing spammers trying to earn free ride credits. We have a feeling you'll see coupons for penis enlargements and Nigerian kindgoms next.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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14 comments
diyah47
diyah47

This is not entirely true. I post on my Facebook page to share my code and I am real. Say what you want but Lyft was a life saver for me after looking for a job for 2 years. I am educated with a long work history and a new business. I drive for Lyft to make ends meet and have no shame posting my code on my social media platforms.

qtridge
qtridge

Hey, @jaco1175 ... you do a really good job of throwing darts anonymously from the computer in your Mom's basement. Keep that potty mouth of yours in check or i'll have @billj598 punk you out again. Go back to slinging rants and raves on Craigslist.

lioni
lioni

I invited you to become a Lyft driver. Accept the invitation here - https://lyft.com/drivers/LEOPEL716


As a Lyft driver, you can:

- Make up to $75,000 / year (or $800 / weekend)
- Choose your own hours
- Meet lots of new people

Douglas Dial
Douglas Dial

Can't wait for Lyft to get back on the road to make STL a safer and friendlier place. Pity those that are scared of competition.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Class act by a douche bag company, fucking spamming people with fake facebook accounts. You hipsters still loving how trendy and different this shit is when you are getting wooed by fake whores?

Jodie Bahr
Jodie Bahr

Calling all cars. Calling all cars ..mustache on the loose. Lmao.

lizmillerxc
lizmillerxc

Go to http://www.lyftvsuber.com/ to try out Uber or Lyft for yourself! The website compares the two most popular ride-sharing services. $30 of FREE ride credit for new passengers and $500 sign-up BONUS for new drivers!! Drivers can make as much as $40/hr! Hope you can see what all the hype is about :) Thanks!!

Andy Crossett
Andy Crossett

Another reason to NOT DO BUSINESS with these Carpet Bagging VC enabled smart asses. Get your cab service locally from reputable companies located here.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Another fake fucking profile from these lyft fuckers, they are chomping at the bit for the hipster sheep to jump on the bandwagon and send their money way out west. Are hipster douchnozzles truly this naive to be had this bad? Time will tell, time will tell.
 In the meantime check out the profile for douglas here who claims to be a lyft driver, do you really want to pay for this twatwaffle to drive you around with his muppet while he rants about hobby lobby and stupid librhuls like he does on his facebook page? What a fuck.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Exactly. Say what you want about the cab service here but at least the money stays in our region instead of shipping it off to venture capitalists in California. Grow a brain you goddamn hipsters.

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