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Local Uber driver spreading holiday joy with Christmas-themed car

first_imgThe car is decked out with present boxes, elves, ornaments and lights, giving riders a unique riding experience this winter. (WBNG) — Most people order Uber rides just to get from point A to point B, but this holiday season, one Uber driver is spreading a little holiday cheer with your ride. “This year I re-did it. The only thing that’s the same are the lights. All the other decorations I changed this year,” Southee said. Southee said the decorations haven’t stayed the same each year, updating and upgrading. “Right around Thanksgiving that feeling starts to come, that anticipation: Christmas, New Year’s,” Southee said. “I just love this time of the year.” Helping to leave a lasting impression of kindness this holiday season. “Riders when they experience it, they remember this car, they remember this experience and they take it with them,” Southee said. John B. Southee, Jr. has been driving Uber in the Southern Tier since July 2017, and for the last three years, he’s taken his holiday excitement to the next level by decorating his car with Christmas gear.center_img Southee told 12 News the car costs less than $100 to decorate, but he’s more focused on spreading happiness. “I’ve had riders get in my car and tell me they hate Christmas, but then by the time the ride is over, they swear up and down they are now in the Christmas spirit,” Southee said with a laugh. Uber’s corporate office has been in touch with Southee in regards to his ride, expressing their love and thanks for his ability to spread joy and connect with riders. “That’s very touching that something as simple as putting a little effort into this, into an Uber ride can give people that sort of reaction,” Southee said. “It just keeps inspiring me to keep doing this.” “They Snapchat it when they get in the car,” Southee said. “The riders just love it. The comments go on and on.” Scrolling through his past comments and ratings on his rides, the comments echo a similar sentiment: riders love and appreciate the Christmas-themed Uber car and its driver.last_img read more