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Losing Hand, Uber Drivers In Brazil Play Waiting Game

A day in the life of an Uber driver in São Paulo.

Driving in São Paulo
Driving in São Paulo
Leandro Machado

SÃO PAULO — They're sitting around a small table, shoes and shirts off, playing cards. Who's going to be the lucky winner? And who would have wasted their day? Unfortunately for the players, their card game isn't the subject of this report.

The cards are just a distraction for these Uber drivers, who sometimes wait for up to 12 hours for customers at the São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, where an average of 370 flights land daily. Hundreds of cars wait in three areas near the airport each day: one stretch of land behind a hotel, in the streets of a nearby neighborhood that has social housing, and in the parking lot of a public hospital.

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