Uber Prices Are Surging Because of Snow and People Aren't Happy

Uber capitalizes on New Yorkers struggling to get home in the midst of some considerable snowfall by placing a price surge on their commute.


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You can’t knock the hustle, no matter how evil and conniving it may be. On Thursday, Mother Nature decided that mid-November was a great time to hit an unprepared New York City with its first snowfall of the year. By the early evening, Central Park reported a record six inches of snow. 

This is why trees are coming down across the city. General 2-6" of snow fell today and some trees still have their leaves. The weight of the heavy snow and gusty northeast winds are bringing them down. #WxOnthe1s pic.twitter.com/vssAXGwxtZ

— Erick Adame (@ErickAdameOnTV) November 15, 2018

With snow on the ground and the temperature dipping to the low-to-mid 30s, New Yorkers just wanted to get to a warm and dry place as quickly as possible. And that’s when Uber came through, like, "oh yeah, about that." Capitalizing on their desperation, the ride-sharing service has applied a price surge to their customers’ commutes, and people are understandably upset.

Uber can redirect you to their "What is dynamic pricing?" page all they want, but anyone who uses the service is going to be pissed to see that they have to shell out more money in the midst of a snowstorm. Then, they’re going to air out their grievances on Twitter. 

What a choice. Get on the subway, which you know will have some sort of service problem, or pay up for surge #pricing. Think I'll stick with the @MTA service problems rather than pay up. @uber @lyft #NYC #Brooklyn #subway #capitalism #decisionmaking pic.twitter.com/dcrPNFB8oW

— tonycorrao (@tonycorrao) November 16, 2018

lmaooooo @Uber_NYC. stop it pic.twitter.com/kVPWl0Nzyt

— CHRIS FOXX (@FoxxFiles) November 15, 2018

This ride would normally be $40. This is a flight. *gets back in bed* pic.twitter.com/n21AYqbaC4

— RAVEN B. (@RAVIEB) November 15, 2018

Hey @Uber 🖕🏻. A normal ride. Is 20-30 pic.twitter.com/ytyHpVmfWx

— Views from the Bacon Strip 𓅓 🦦 (@baconkilosjoe) November 15, 2018

Yo Uber be LOOOOTINGGGG it pic.twitter.com/6KhJe3TtaM

— the blueprint villain ✨ (@icylike1017) November 15, 2018

Shoutout to @Uber for the price gauging. Midtown, NY to 225th Street in the Bronx, and this was the price they were asking. #FirstSnow #Snowvember pic.twitter.com/mSbQE33o5w

— James 💭 (@JamesHuang_) November 16, 2018

@Uber @Uber_Support Y’ALL ARE BUGGING. There is a heavy snowstorm in the Bronx and I am pregnant. This is unfair. pic.twitter.com/brSFYQjm8f

— Gabrielle Perez (@mamagfem) November 16, 2018

@Uber surge pricing is #ridiculous! @Uber is charging $74 to go to #uptown #Manhattan. Your taking advantage of #NewYork while it's snowing/sleeting!#NYC #snow #Uber pic.twitter.com/zgQZw9LaHj

— Chefandthegirl (@ChefDandGirl) November 15, 2018

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