It has been a calamitous day for Uber and it’s all Donald Trump’s fault. Ever since the Trump maladministration dropped its immigration ban bombshell on America Saturday night, people all across the land have risen up in protest to call out The Donald and his minions for the lame brained narcissistic hate mongers they are. An Uber protest movement has come into being as well.
Yesterday, cab drivers in New York City announced they would refuse to pick up fares at JFK airport in a move to show solidarity with the hundreds of people caught in Trump’s squeeze play on immigrants. Uber rose to the occasion by sending fleets of its drivers to the airport to ferry people into the city, in effect acting as strike breakers opposing the cabbies’ protest. Uber said it was just trying to protect the protesters by giving people rides during the one hour “no drive” window announced by the cab drivers but many people saw it quite differently and started an Uber protest movement on Facebook.
On the other hand, Lyft announced on Sunday morning that it is donating $1,000,000 to the ACLU over the next 4 years to help that organization resist the Trump administration and its serial affronts to law and decency. Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said the donation is to help “defend our constitution.” They issued a statement saying, “Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”
The action taken by Uber has caused a backlash against the company. A #deleteuber page has sprung up on Facebook, encouraging people to use Lyft instead of Uber in the future. Without question, Uber continues to be especially tone deaf when it comes to addressing concerns raised by local governments, customers, and its drivers, often finding ways to alienate all of them with its “in your face” attitudes.
Will the protest against Uber affect its business in any noticeable way? People are already annoyed with CEO Travis Kalanick for agreeing to serve on one of Donald Trump’s business advisory panels. This latest action by the company just compounds that animosity. Kalanick would do well to remember the old adage, “When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.”
Source: The Hill