Uber driver arrested for assault

Daruk

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These guys have had more bad publicity than good over the past year. Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole on principal.
 

marine1

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These guys have had more bad publicity than good over the past year. Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole on principal.
Then you would be missing out on a truly superb experience. This is my opinion based on numerous uses of the service.
 

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These guys have had more bad publicity than good over the past year. Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole on principal.
That's the media for you. They focus on what sells views. And scandals sells views.

Tesla had 1 car last year that burst into flames. Many news outlets reported on it. People were complaining about how unsafe the cars are. Meanwhile, no mentions were made in the mainstream media about other cars burning out. You have to go and consult the speciality outlets or the statistics for that info.

The same thing is happening to Uber. The conflict of business models, the impoundings, etc. draws a lot of views. The happy people that actually use the service successfully never get a mention. After all, that doesn't sell papers.
 

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Uber driver arrested for assault

An Uber driver was arrested in Melbourne Saturday after an alleged indecent assault on a 19-year-old female passenger
I read this more as pervs being given a pretext to cruise for victims...you mean I just register with you as a driver, install this app and then women will get into my car without me chloroforming them? Wow.

Bit like that joke about what a paedophile's favourite holiday is.

Edited for clarity...I don't hold the company at fault for this. Assuming they screen their drivers against whatever sex offender list exists in a given locality, there's not much else they can do.
 

Daruk

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We're not talking about isolated incidents, we're talking about a major management issues. They are all about monopolising the market, undercutting competition by cutting driver income and hiring inexperienced drivers with very little screening. IMO this is why they are constantly dealing with embarrassing situations. And apparently they could care less about complaints.

The problems could be written off if not for the way they handled them.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sydney-siege-uber-slammed-after-4813343
http://valleywag.gawker.com/uber-calls-womans-20-mile-nightmare-abduction-an-ineff-1645819700
http://valleywag.gawker.com/more-proof-uber-fights-dirty-against-the-competition-1627110347
http://valleywag.gawker.com/why-is-uber-charging-you-extra-to-not-get-assaulted-1567825107
http://valleywag.gawker.com/lyft-claims-uber-sabotaged-drivers-by-canceling-more-th-1619800024
http://www.buzzfeed.com/johanabhuiyan/uber-is-investigating-its-top-new-york-executive-for-privacy#.poAMlkAPl7
 

LCBXX

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I was wondering what type of insurance of liability cover is applied to passengers of these Uber Cabs? What if the driver has an accident and you are disabled - do you claim from the Road Accident Fund and hope for success like passengers getting hurt in our wonderful Minibus Taxi's or do you sue the driver?

What about the driver? What if he/she gets assaulted or hijacked?
 
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