Uber’s 10 Worst Actions: Threats, Lies, Sexism, and Shady Business |
Uber has been in the headlines a lot lately, but that’s not good news. The company has been accused of being sexist, sabotaging competition, abusing drivers and more.
To recap, here are 10 of the things that have been criticized by Uber over the past few years.
1. He sabotaged Lyft by ordering thousands of fake rides
In August 2014, Uber equipped 177 “brand ambassadors” with mobile phones and credit cards in an effort to ask Lyft for groceries and cancel them moments later. A total of 5,560 bogus Lyft trips were reportedly submitted by Uber employees. The company categorically denied it and accused Lyft of foul play, but The edge Supported the claims with internal documents they obtained as well as interviews with former and current Uber employees.
“What is just plain wrong is that Uber not only knows about it, but is actively promoting these day-to-day actions,” an Uber entrepreneur told The Verge.
2. Secretly attempted to torpedo Lyft’s fundraiser.
Rather than strive to beat its competition with great service, Uber has taken a different path. In a 2014 Vanity Show profileCEO Travis Kalanick admitted that Uber executives tried to derail their biggest rival’s next fundraiser.
“We knew Lyft was going to raise a ton of money,” read his quote in the profile. ” And we go [to their investors], ‘Just so you know, we’re going to be fundraising after this, so before you decide if you want to invest in them, just make sure you know we’re going to fundraise immediately after.’ ”
3. Fired 15 people by emailing them in Comic Sans
In December 2015, 15 drivers were made redundant via the internet’s most hated police after abusing a promo code. As the Observer observes, the code was apparently only intended for full-time Uber employees, one of whom distributed the code, “UberEmployee17,” via an office group chat monitored by managers. . The drivers used it, unaware that they were not allowed to do so. This led to their layoffs.
The next month, the company laid off more drivers who had the code in their possession but never used it. They opted for phone calls during this round of shooting.
4. Threatened journalists and accused the editor-in-chief of Pando of hypothetical future taxi rapes
In November 2014, Uber’s senior vice president Emil Michael suggested Uber hire a team of opposition researchers with a budget of $ 1 million to dig into personal life. journalists who reported negatively on the company in order to dox, target and harass them and their families. One of its main targets was Pando founder and editor-in-chief Sarah Lacey, who had reported on the company’s sexist and misogynistic ways. Further proving his point, Mr Michael said he was thinking Ms Lacy should be held “personally responsible” if passengers who follow Ms Lacey’s advice and stop using Uber are sexually assaulted by taxi drivers. Mr. Kalanick apologized on behalf of the company, but Mr. Michael did not lose his job.
5. Teaming up with shady partners who would most likely harm vulnerable drivers
Last year, Uber has partnered with Westlake Financial and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, which has a dubious reputation for providing predatory auto title loans. Because Uber struggled to retain drivers, it sought to recruit from the lower socioeconomic strata, where people need extra income the most and have bad credit scores. These same people are most likely to be abused by Westlake’s high-interest auto financing, with interest rates as high as 24.99%. And on top of that, Westlake Financial had just received a $ 44 million fine and restitution for “deceiving consumers by calling under false pretenses and using false caller ID information, falsely threatening to refer borrowers for investigation or criminal prosecution; and unlawfully disclose debt information to employers, friends and family of borrowers.
6. Reduce drivers’ income below the minimum wage
In January 2015, Uber slashed fares, saying cheaper rides would increase demand and subsequently driver paychecks. It was bogus, and it didn’t play out as they claimed. A year later, in 2016, Uber has further reduced its fares up to 45 percent in some places. Drivers said they only earn a few dollars an hour, and that’s before paying for gasoline, maintenance and other expenses. Many earn negative money while driving for Uber. Now they are deactivating their apps and protest.
7. Drivers blocked on Twitter for denouncing the rate cuts
In an attempt to be heard on the most recent fare cuts, drivers have also reached out to the company on social media, but Uber is shutting down that communication channel. The observer spoke with drivers who say they’ve been stranded by Mr. Kalanick on Twitter. One of the drivers is Dave Craige, whom Uber cannot consider to be another “independent contractor” as they do the rest of their drivers. He personally met and worked with Mr. Kalanick and helped expand Uber to Denver in 2013.
8. Show sexism and misogyny over and over again
The senior vice president’s comments to reporter Sarah Lacey are just one piece of Uber’s sexist puzzle. The CEO has openly called the company “Boober”. A advertising campaign for Uber France featured women in lingerie and promised passengers 20-minute rides with models. There is also the so-called shame bitch passengers who accused drivers of assault.
9. Cheated on us all with puppies
Uber has a habit of launching wellness campaigns in reverse. Last October, the company pledged free rides for an entire city to celebrate a college football win they knew it wouldn’t happen. They recently enticed passengers donate for Veterans Day and Aids day and added a “processing fee”. Everyone panicked when they first delivered puppies, but it turned out to be a distraction from recent missteps, including the relaunch of a New Delhi driver who kidnapped and raped a passenger. Former Observer writer Jack Smith put this into perspective in a item titled “Let’s Forgive Uber’s Blatant Behavior For Giving Birth To Puppies.”
10. Bragged a fake salary of $ 90,000
You’ve probably heard that you can make $ 90,000 a year by driving for Uber X. The company has been advertising this for a while, but it’s a myth. It turns out that Uber drivers earn little more than taxi drivers. In reality, a driver would have to work almost 70 hours per week without vacation or sick leave to earn the claimed amount. Even driving those extreme hours, that pay would only be possible in New York City, which is by far the most lucrative Uber market in the United States. A ton of drivers have signed up because of this incredible salary only to be disappointed.