Who wouldn't want to save a couple of bucks on a cab ride?
Hey, that's everybody!
Yet, every cabbie I've ever met is a regular guy, occasionally a gal, who works really long hours for very modest pay.
Why would I want to screw over their livelihood to save five bucks on a trip to the airport?
As is often the case, this latest assault on workers is being passed off as a great boon to consumers. Yes, you may very well save a couple of bucks on that Uber ride.
At the expense of a career cab-driver.
The entire novelty of Uber presumes that some reified ideal-type "consumer" should dictate the structure of the economy.
And while a dollar or two "saved" here and there may seem like small potatoes, millions of cab rides a day add up to enough boodle that a bevy of hedgies and venture capital types and even big fat Google are banking, and I mean BANKING, on Uber screwing enough old-school cab drivers out of enough business to make this Uber venture potentially worth $200 billions.
Fuck the hedgies.
Take a cab.