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kitai306

Her perky upbeat "everything requires I be at 110%" attitude made me want to feed her ritalin. Calm down lady!

I'm mixed in attitude towards Uber. Many of the things she mentioned are bad. And shouldn't be allowed. Regulations need to be in place. Uber needs to make it EXCEEDINGLY clear to all drivers about the insurance issue. But I actually called out against her towards the end. "Tips should be allowed!" is something I was against. I'm in favor of abolishing the tipping system. For servers and all professions that rely on it. So no, lets not add that feature please.

Rattus

I actually regret watching this because I loooooove Uber. They do need to clean up their act, though. My opinion with respect to the taxi driver protests against Uber is that the cab companies should start utilizing the Uber format, which is the thing I love the most. The lower price is nice, but not the primary reason I use Uber. First, the cars are always clean, second, you can see exactly where the car is while on its way to pick up, third, I don't have to carry money or a credit card, and fourth, Uber will always come when they say they are, unlike the stinking Checker Cab company, which left us stranded in downtown Detroit one night. Cab companies start working the same way, I'll be happy to take regular cabs.

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Tipping can remain... if it remains optional and not a necessity, cause nobody pays them a proper salary. Though I am against Uber overall. You are taking work away from taxi-drivers. And you wouldn't need this, if you had some proper public transport, anyway.

kitai306

I'm with Rattus on the taxi/uber issue GN. I've used taxi cabs only a couple times in my life and the experience wasn't pleasant 2 out of every 3 events. The drivers were either distant or cold in temperment. No I don't need them to be my friend but since they do interact with the public a generally pleasant demeaner isn't unreasonable. So when I say cold and distant, I mean they projected an attitude of "I hate you why are you talking shut up and leave" the entire time. The cabs were also suspect in their cleanliness and odors.

Meanwhile I've used Uber several times as well and been happy with it. I've only used UberX (as opposed to Uber Black) but I still got cleaner vehicles and friendlier drivers. Again, no we weren't friends by any means but they didn't actively seem to hate me and I wasn't worried I'd need two rounds of rabies treatments and a full STD screening after taking a ride with them.

And the argument that X innovation in an industry is killing the existing W method of doing business is arguably without merit. It's the same argument that newspapers and news broadcasts make about the delivery of news via the internet. It's the same argument that radio broadcast made about television broadcast. "Video killed the radio star" and whatnot. Technology advanced and the industry chose not to advance with it. So someone identified how technology could be leveraged and offered a new solution. Instead of traditional taxi service where you hail the cab or have to call for a dispatch, we now can order ride services by app. It's a good merging of technology and transport services. The practices Uber is employing are questionable but the idea of Uber is not.

As to public transit, well, I agree that most cities need to offer a more robust system (at least most cities in the US). On the other hand, services like these will still have a place. I live in Seattle. I feel the bus system here is well integrated and run. I still can't get from my home 40 minutes north of downtown to the airport 20(ish) minutes south of downtown via public transit in time for a 5AM flight or get home after a flight arriving at midnight. With taxi/Uber services, I can. If I want to stay out late partying for New Years, I can do that and get home via Uber/taxi after the buses stop running. However getting to work on a day-to-day basis, I ride the bus.

Rattus

We have proper public transit, however, I don't care for the public so I rarely take it, and I bike commute all year, even in the frosty Canadian winter. But if I've had nice day downtown with my husband lunching, shopping, wandering aimlessly for hours, I really don't want to do the walk to the streetcar stop, the wait for the streetcar, the jamming in with the people and all their bags, the interminable trek along Queen Street, and the half kilometer walk up to our house. I just want to swipe, wait two minutes for the Uber, sit comfortably and quietly for 20 minutes, and get out right in front of my house.

Rattus

Oh, and there were a couple of Uber drivers discussing Ubering on the CBC this morning. According to them, they earn between $20 and $40 an hour. That doesn't seem particularly underpaid to me.

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kitai, that must be your place then, because whenever I use taxis here in Germany, they were always super clean. Lack of conversation doesn't bother me, because I am not calling them or using their service to talk. I want them to chaffeur me to a specific place. If they want to start talking about generic small talk like weather or vague news, that's fine.

Of course, public transport wouldn't work all that well if you want to catch a plane at 5 AM or similar. I was more referring to every day life and not the rare occassions.

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