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Bubbl: Like Uber, But With Off-Duty Cops

A University Park 12-year-old takes the new car service for a test drive.

Think about this for a moment: you are a busy preteen with tons of activities. But you can’t drive, and neither can your friends. Your parents aren’t available, and you don’t have a babysitter. What do you do?

Now you have a new option: Bubbl. Staffed by retired or off-duty police officers, the car service operates in the Park Cities, Uptown, and Preston Hollow. I did a little research and found out that the cars are owned by the service and are all 2015 or newer models. It sounded safe, so, after discussing it with my parents, I decided to give Bubbl a try.

The process was simple. My parents contacted Bubbl and set up an account for me. We scheduled a ride for the next morning to my dance camp. The day of my ride, my mom and I got a text letting us know who my driver was and that he was on his way. At 8:25 am, my doorbell rang and it was Mr. Atkins, ready to pick me up.

“Good morning, how are you?” he asked. “Good, thank you,” I replied, and we were off to pick up my friend and go to dance camp. This was my first time riding in a vehicle by myself, without my parents or a friend’s parents.

The car was clean and comfortable. And I’m extremely picky! Mr. Atkins was friendly and easy to talk to. He told me that he was a retired police officer and firefighter, and he started driving for Bubbl a little less than a year ago. Mr. Atkins said he enjoys being a Bubbl driver because he can set his own hours and “99 percent of the time you meet good people.” Before I knew it, we were at my friend’s house to pick her up for dance.

Once Mr. Atkins dropped us off at dance camp, my mom got a text notification letting her know that we had been dropped off. The pickup from dance was just as easy. As we walked out of the studio, Mr. Atkins was waiting for us with a smile. He dropped us off at my house, and, once again, my mom got a text notification letting her know that we had made it safely home.

The best part was that we got to dance camp a few minutes early, so we could hang out with our friends. That never happens when my parents take us.

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