The Uber app is a very popular service that makes ordering a car from your phone super easy and convenient. It beats having to stand in the elements and hail a taxi or searching online for a nearby car service. The company behind the app and a few of it's employees may be in hot water after recent allegations suggest that they are staying ahead of their competition, namely a service called Getts, but using some shady and childish tactics.
We're not talking about charging people two to three times the normal rates on shitty days either, though they are definitely guilty of that too. The company is now being accused of creating dummy passenger accounts so that they can order a car from Getts and cancel it before it arrives, tying up the drivers and making it impossible for people who actually need the cars to get service. Uber general manager Josh Mohrer is accused of personally ordering twenty Getts rides in fifteen days, and there are 12 other Uber employees who allegedly did the same.
After pulling the pranks, Uber employees then used the newly acquired drivers' numbers to try and recruit them to the company. An Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch that their teams can be "pretty determined when spreading the word about Uber and how our platform opens up new economic opportunities for drivers" and continued that "it was likely too aggressive a sales tactic and we regret the team’s approach to outreach of these drivers."
Who knew that the transportation app market was so cut throat?