COVID-19 Sidelines the Candyman A Broken Candymachine

Music playing
Passengers: Girl Song! Little did I know… 3, 2, 1!

Reporter:That was the sound from last month during a Syracuse Uber driver’s 10 thousandth ride. He goes by the name of the Candy Man because of the large stash of candy in his backseats. But passenger Erika Rosendahl says it’s not all about the candy.

Erika: I honestly don’t even like candy. So like it’s not, it’s not even the candy part, it’s like him, is what makes the ride special.

Reporter: The Candy Man cleans his car regularly, but once the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Onondaga County, he decided to stop driving.

Candy Man: I had my car sanitized everyday and it was just kinda like nah, it’s too much of a risk to play around with the candy anyway.

Reporter:But he hopes to be driving again soon.

Candy Man: It’s very boring, it’s very depressing. Because I’m hoping everything comes back in August, you know hopefully we get a grip on this thing.

Reporter:Ellis Stanton, N-C-C News.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Troy Boyer works for the Onondaga County Water Department by day, and is an Uber and Lyft driver by night.

Boyer, though, is not your ordinary driver. When you enter his backseats, there is a stash of candy for riders to choose from. This is how he got the nickname, “The Candyman.”

The rules of his car, which he refers to as “The Candymachine,” are simple: have fun, eat candy, request music, do not smack talk Syracuse University, and follow him on social media.

Last month, The Candyman achieved a new milestone. He reached 10,000 rides between Uber and Lyft combined. He described his 10,000th as “lit.”

Uber, Lyft driver earns SU fame as ‘The Candyman’

He was determined to reach this goal before Syracuse University students left for Spring Break, but little did he know, not long after that he would have to take a break from driving.

Once the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in Onondaga County, he decided to stop driving The Candymachine. Even though The Candyman cleans his car regularly due to the large number of people that ride in his car, he thought it would be too risky to continue driving.

The Candyman said he is now losing about $1,000-$1,200 per week, extra money to him as driving is only a side hustle. He does not live off the money he earns from giving rides.

The reason why The Candyman drives, is because he enjoys it and finds his passengers entertaining. As of now, he has not driven in over a month. He misses driving around town and hopes for everything to get better soon.

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