We get it, you hate Uber.
To you, Uber is encroaching on your way of life. It’s taking money out of your pockets. Who does Uber think it is, coming in and rewriting the rules for what it means to take people from point A to point B. It’s skirting local laws and operating in a manner that can best be described as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Of course, I’m talking to traditional taxi drivers, who have long been pissed at Uber, Lyft, and any on-demand ride platform that dare show its face in their city. If I were a taxi driver, I’d hate Uber too. For many people, myself included, taking a taxi hasn’t even entered their mind as a legitimate option since Uber came around.
But here’s the thing. You’re not going to endear yourselves to anyone by pulling this shit:
What you just watched was a bunch of taxi drivers in Mexico City showing why you, a person looking for a safe, non-violent ride, would want to get in a car with them.
The mob shattered windshields and bombarded Uber drivers’ cars with eggs and flour. Apparently, some of the drivers even suffered minor injuries.
“What happened is a very grave attack on everyone’s freedom and right to make a living in a dignified manner,” Uber said in a statement to VICE. “Incidents like this are completely unacceptable and we trust that authorities will act so that justice is done.”
Mexico City has been the site of many an Uber protest. And it’s far from the only city where Uber protests have turned violent.
Luckily, things haven’t turned violent in the States – but it’s not as if there’s a dearth of animosity for Uber in cities across America.
Look, once again, we get it. How could taxi drivers hate anything more than Uber? Not only is Uber directly affecting their livelihood, but Uber isn’t exactly hard to hate.
But come on, now. How the hell is smashing cars supposed to help anything? Maybe you should spend that time, I dunno, figuring out why everyone would rather Uber than set foot inside your cab.