. . . and he doesn’t get a lyft.
Later on, he does have a pleasant ride from an Uber driver. His column goes on to explore the pros and cons of Uber, including the underlying duplicity of Uber’s “business model.” A nugget (emphasis added):
With my shoes laced and energy chew chomped, I opened the Uber app, requested a driver and … uh-oh. No one wanted to pick me up.
“NO uberX AVAILABLE” read the pop-up screen.
Taxicabs must follow set rates. Uber says it mustn’t.
And when an Uber driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl in California last year, Uber said it wasn’t liable. Why? Because Uber said the Uber driver wasn’t really an Uber driver — that he didn’t have a passenger at the time and was “never an employee, agent, joint venture or partner of Uber.”
Overall, Uber claims it doesn’t need government regulations because it’s already safer and better insured than government requires.
Well, guess what? That’s what virtually every business claims about every regulation — they don’t need it.