Valleywag is a media blog from Gawker with news about the Silicon Valley, and there are a couple interesting posts over there about some ground-level news regarding rideshare apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.
In a post yesterday, blogger Sam Biddle highlights an occurrence where a Lyft driver turned into a would-be stalker and posts some text exchanges that are well…awkward to say the least. You can check out the full post here, and it really highlights the fact that the screenings for drivers seems to be markedly less than what cab drivers and professional chauffeurs have to endure before employment.
And it also rains a bit on the la-di-da sentiment Lyft expresses in its mission statement that the Lyft experience is like a friend picking you up and giving you a ride. That is a wonderful goal to strive for, but the reality is that it is a business service, and that you and driver are not buddies by default.
To its credit, Lyft responded well to this incident, reimbursing the harassed rider and heeded her request to never have this driver pick her up again.
But on the other side of the road, Biddle reports that there have been occurrences in SF where Lyft drivers are foregoing placing the trademark pink mustaches on the grill because rumors are circulating that cab drivers have become violent. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified recounts that a Lyft driver was jumped and hospitalized by several cabbies.
You can read the full post here, Is This Ridesharing App Literally Causing an SF Class Battle?
As the regulation battles continue across the country, how has your area responded to these new apps? Have they become popular or has local government kept them from operating?
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