Friday, June 23, 2017

Uber Is Sputtering On Fumes!

Travis Kalanick steps down amid a controversy at Uber. He also took personal leave because of the death of his mother Bonnie Kalanick. 

Travis Kalanick, the embattled CEO of Uber is stepping down. He will take a leave of absence in the wake of a scandal that has the ride-sharing company in dire straits.

Kalanick resigned from Donald J. Trump's board of business executives after he tried to issue a Muslim Ban and the exiting of the Paris Accord.

He also is stepping down after he found out his parents were injured in a boating accident. His mother died after the boat she was in capsized. Bonnie and Donald Kalanick were in California. His father was severely injured and it's depressed him.

Kalanick was under fire after he got into a verbal tirade with an Uber driver after the Superbowl.

Kalanick was openly telling his passengers that he is cutting back on Uber drivers as a "cost-cutting" move. The driver overheard it and told him that Uber was his only source of income and he was getting ready to file for bankruptcy because of the changes.

Kalanick got heated with him and told him to find someone else to cry to. He apologized for the incident.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google is suing Uber for property theft. The company claims Uber stole the designs of the unmanned car that Alphabet wanted to run in the United States.

These scandal really damaged it's reputation as the country's best "side hustle." But what done it in was the allegations of sexual harassment and frat boy behavior at Uber main office in San Francisco.

Uber was promoted on talk radio. The country's most annoying conservative agitator, Sean "Softball" Hannity was promoting this on his radio show. Many talk radio shows and television commercials dealt with Uber.
Uber is falling apart.
Uber's board includes celebrities, former politicians and global movers. Ashton Kutcher, Arianna Huffington, Eric Holder, Jack Kingston are investors in Uber.

Uber is facing a major controversy when it comes to sexual harassment. Many of the top leaders are either resigning or being fired out the cannon.

Many drivers are upset over the handling of passengers, the payouts, and the safety. Some of the Uber drivers are opting out because the riders are damaging their cars.

Uber drivers and riders are being sexually harassed.

I am employed as an Uber driver on the side. But for the last three months, I've took a "break" from the ride-sharing social media service. I am frustrated with the ride-sharing service for it's lack of understanding.

Sure I enjoyed a full year of making profit. I made nearly $13,000 for the year. But I owe the federal government a whole lot for all them drives. First issue is they don't tax you. If you don't know how to file taxes as a business, you're pretty much fucked when the taxes come at the end of the year.

Second, the rides aren't coming fast enough. There were times I was on the road for three hours and I hadn't gotten at least one call since. People are dumping on Uber and joining Lyft.

Lyft isn't immune from the controversy as well. It's just not as big in Dayton, Ohio, a rust belt city with no real value other than being a hub for opioid abuse.

Uber is asking for former drivers and riders to come back. They are promising to change their ways.

But is it too late?

Cause of course, I am tired of the company not working for the needs of their drivers and riders.

Uber is suffering. What can the company do to make itself a profitable company?

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