“You’re at the wrong airport,” the helpful man at the check-in desk told me. In between writing a book and producing two movies, making it to the right airport slips through the cracks. My trip to JFK and then Laguardia was instructive, as I took an Uber to JFK (I put the wrong airport in the Uber app) and then had to hail a cap to Laguardia.
My Uber ride was in a new, clear, comfortable car. I was able to type on my laptop while driving.
The taxi was dirty, worn down, and cramped. I got no work done and may have caught a communicable disease.
With Uber my driver is accountable for poor service, and payment is easy via the app. I’ll never see a taxi driver again. Sometimes they credit card machine “doesn’t work,” and sometimes they “don’t have change.” Even when they do have change, you’re exchanging paper cash (germs).
@Cernovich I was in a non-Uber city last week and had to pay a $10 transaction fee if I wanted to use a debit card. On top of the $55 fare.
— Nate Powell (@NatePowell) September 29, 2016
Some guy who writes for Gawker/Deadspin doesn’t understand that a cab didn’t “save” me, and that in fact taxi unions throughout the country have fought to keep Uber out of airports. I could have waited for an Uber to arrive but wanted to try the taxi as an experiment.
[I can’t find the Gawker blogger’s Tweet and won’t bother looking for it.]
One of Jeff Bezos’ bloggers (WaPo) likewise doesn’t know anything about Uber.
Shitlibs don't know gov't regulations make it impossible for Uber to compete in free market at airport due to rent seeking by taxi lobby. https://t.co/6IcQp6i4Ja
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 29, 2016
Venture Capitalists live in fear of a media that doesn’t even understand tech, or something as mainstream as Uber.
It’s hilarious that VCs and others “in the Valley” take the media seriously when tech “journalists” don’t have any clue about Uber, which by now is at basic bro level of market penetration.
Incidentally, I started using Uber years ago in 2012 because if you called a Yellow Taxi in Los Angeles, maybe they’d show up or maybe they wouldn’t.
Since then I’ve used Uber in Paris, all over Europe, even and South Africa.
Yes Uber is in South Africa, and it’s incredible to get into a “cab” without worrying about being hustled or raped. (In South Africa any woman who gets into a cab is not smart.)
I should have promoted my affiliate code, lost a lot of money as I was an early Uber adapter.
If you still havent’ used Uber, join civilization. You can get a free ride (and I’ll get one too – full disclosure) if you use my code at sign-up – 3USUV
P.S. If you’re a cab driver who hates Uber, it was other cabbies who ruined your brand. You should have gone out of your way to be great and to make a great impression, as most cabs are unreliable and dirty.