Uber Is One of the Worst Companies in America


Fuck Uber.

But then, the whole taxi industry sucks, as the article makes clear.

Some argue, like former New York taxi driver Graham Hodges and author of Taxi! A Cultural History of the New York City Cabdriver, that the taxi industry is a kind of utility, similar to public transportation, water and electricity and needs to be dependable, meaning there needs to be regulation to ensure safe cars, honest drivers, and a fair payment scheme. What consumers need, according to Hodges, is avoiding “hyper competition, [and] we don’t want reckless driving, we don’t want drivers about whom we don’t know very much.”

I agree. This whole industry is just horrible. And it is similar to a public utility, a necessity. Call it a public utility and regulate the living Hell out of it. PG and E has a great business model. Public utilities do just fine. They almost never go out of business.

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0 thoughts on “Uber Is One of the Worst Companies in America”

  1. The digital economy is a blessing for consumers that want goods to be cheap and easily accessible. Take for example Spotify. A great service. Pay $10 a month and basically have every song ever created instantly accessible on your phone. Amazing deal for consumers. But terrible for people who need to earn a living by making music. You’re seeing this play out in many sectors and it’s contributing to the growing “gig economy” where people are independent contractors and have little income security or benefits. This is very profitable for companies that get lowered labor costs and its great for consumers but often a terrible deal for workers.

  2. The taxi industry was an unregulated mess until the medallion system was first established. The medallion system has been an enormous success making the taxi industry one of the safest and most reliable in the world. The illegal taxi service Uber was a solution in search of a problem and the so called “digital economy” is mostly a way to circumvent important regulations.

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