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Five good reasons to delete the Uber app right now

Bill Snyder | Nov. 27, 2014
Popular ride-sharing service Uber bullies its rivals, intimidates women and gouges customers on fares. Now's the time to fight back by deleting the Uber app from your phone, according to contributor Bill Snyder.

Safety: All of the ride services, including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, have an Achilles heel: the skill and history of their freelance drivers. In theory the drivers are checked out; in practice those checks are not always enough, according to the District Attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco. There's also some uncertainty about the amount and type of insurance drivers carry, when it's in effect and when it's not. None of that makes me want to catch rides with these people.

The taxi services in many cities, including here in San Francisco, aren't very efficient, and that's a big reason why ride-sharing services thrive. Uber, however, is an arrogant and greedy company that doesn't deserve its success. If you agree, it's time to delete that Uber app.


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