People are making bank charging the batteries in these scooters.
They’re called “bird hunters” and can make $5 to $20 per scooter charge. It’s all part of a company called Bird, which is sort of like the Uber for scooters. It’s an electric scooter-sharing company that launched in 2017.
The way it works is riders pick up scooters left outside and leave them out of the way once they’re done riding, or the power dies. This is when bird hunters come and scoop them up and make cash charging them overnight. The harder the scooter is to find, the more money you can make.
Bird charges its riders 15 cents per minute and it works through an app that unlocks the scooter for $1.
“Charging scooters for Bird is like Pokémon Go, but when you get paid for finding Pokémon,” explained one of the chargers, Nick Abouzeid, to The Atlantic.
Once the scooters are charged, they are dropped back off at dedicated drop off points called “nests.” To become a bird charger, you just need to register. And once, you’re approved, Bird will send you three charging packs.
Birds are available in large cities like Austin, LA, San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Nashville.