Vomit and streams: What Lime scooter 'juicers' are forced to deal with

Charlotte Mayne is a former corporate executive who left her job when her first child was born.

She wanted to contribute financially, but as a stay-at-home mum found it hard to find a job she could do on her time.

Then two weeks ago, California-based company Lime dropped around 900 electric scooters in Auckland and Christchurch.

Now Ms Mayne makes up to $800 per week as a 'Juicer', collecting e-scooters from Christchurch streets, and charging them at her home.

But she's had to deal with scooters in varying levels of disrepair and filth, saying her "worst scooter to pick up" was covered in vomit.

Vomit and streams: What Lime scooter 'juicers' are forced to deal with
Photo credit: Facebook/Charlotte Mayne and Limes in Weird Places.

When Lime first launched in New Zealand, those who got in quick could sign up to be a juicer were provided with a charger to top up the scooters at home and make some money.

Lime said a full charge could take five to seven hours, but each full charge would add less than $1 onto electricity bills.

Juicers also get paid more depending on where they pick up the scooter.

One Auckland juicer said they've seen a scooter in a remote location for $13.

"The base rate for any scooter is $7, and can go up depending on location and when it was last used. Usually the longer it hasn't been used, the price goes up."

The Auckland juicer said competition from other juicers was bad in the first week, as users scrambled to gather as many scooters as possible.

Ms Mayne said she hasn't experienced the competition in Christchurch, but is aware that it's busier for Auckland juicers, who "are trying to out sprint each other and getting a bit feral".

"One guy was pathetic and sprinted across the road despite me being there first - the scooter was behind a fence and we have been specifically advised not to trespass, so I left."

She later saw him backing his car into the fence so he could climb over to fetch the scooter.

Ms Mayne said she's averaging $40 an hour, not including costs, and Auckland juicers said they're pulling in about $22 per hour.

"I have to subtract $100 at least for a tank of gas and obviously the electricity cost for charging, which is 45-50 cents per scooter," she said.

She also has to put part of that away for tax, something she's "pretty sure a lot of people will forget."

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