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[–] killerfrenchfry 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Good. Uber is pretty much a mafia anyway.

It's just a shame that they're only able to go after the drivers, who have it hard enough working under the thumb of much worse criminals.

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[–] KoKansei 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

How is Uber a mafia? Who is paying them protection money under threat of bodily harm or violence?

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[–] makemejelly49 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Rather sad, isn't it? Uber became the very thing they sought to fight, and now people love Lyft.

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[–] PasswordIsTaco 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Uber isn't great ethically, and yet they're still kicking taxis asses in a lot of places, so much so the taxi commissions aren't even trying to compete, just get them shut down. That should show how horrible the status quo is. As bad as Uber is, they're still the lesser of two evils. Maybe the taxi companies should improve instead of spending their money on lobbyists.

That said, Uber will die on their own for their shitty ethics at some point. I just hope it's due to competitors succeeding, and not due to their shitiness running the rideshare world for everyone.

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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Can somebody ELI5 Uber for me? I have heard them spoken about but I'm not sure what they do, is it just illegal taxis?

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[–] killerfrenchfry 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

That just about sums it up, really. It's organised through a phone app, pushing all the operating costs onto the drivers, who operate outside the law, leaving them with no rights or protections. Uber takes no responsibility for this, after all, their drivers are not employees, they're just using an app. And yet, Uber takes in massive profits, while its "independent" drivers are left with paltry wages for their work.

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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh ok, so I can understand why governments aren't so keen on it and why people would be attracted to it. Taxi regulation is a lucrative money spinner. I was speaking to a Sydney taxi driver and he told me that a set of taxi plates cost about a quarter of a million because only a limited number are sold, which I would imagine a lifetime of driving drunk people home still wouldn't pay for. The big issue I see is insurance, surely the drivers aren't insured if they are illegally using their vehicles commercially?

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[–] voatergoater 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

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[–] killerfrenchfry 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I don't see anything there wasn't in the original article, save for a whole lot of bias. It's kind of cute how they think that Uber is "the little guy", and not a multi-billion dollar corporation with some... questionable practices.

The author of this article would have us think that unethical business practices are totally OK, as long as they result in lower prices for the consumer. Yeah, I'm sure that if you could legally pass off horse meat as beef, it would be cheaper than the real thing.