Posts Tagged ‘uber’

Uber Sets Out to Disrupt D.C. Corner Stores

Uber isn't stopping at taxis: The app-based ride share company now wants to disrupt D.C.'s corner stores.
The company announced the launch of Uber Corner Store today—a service that will deliver toiletries and candy to people, items that many D.C. residents can easily find at the corner store right next to their homes. (But why walk down the block and interact with neighbors when you [...]

Uber and Lyft Can Now Legally Operate in Virginia

Uber and Lyft can operate legally in Virginia—for now.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that the state has reached a temporary agreement with the ride-sharing companies to allow them to conduct business in the Commonwealth. In June, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles had issued cease-and-desist letters to the car services, writing that both firms were operating illegally and should halt all [...]

Man Wearing Padded Breasts Poses as Cab Driver, Scams Drunk D.C. People

Between 2009 and 2013, Nyerere Mitchell  drove around D.C. in his silver Range Rover, wearing a wig and padded breasts and pretending to be a female cab driver.
The Maryland man pleaded guilty today in D.C. Superior Court to carrying out a bizarre scheme in which he offered drunk people rides and then convinced them to let him [...]

Uber Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Passenger in D.C.

An Uber passenger says a driver for the sedan service sexually assaulted her early in the morning on Sunday, July 20, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. Reshad Ahmad Chakari, 32, of Alexandria was charged with second degree sexual abuse Friday.
According to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant, the woman who filed the complaint was out with [...]

Uber Will Now Provide A Child Car Seat for An Extra $10

The city government is still working out regulations that would govern ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, but in the meantime, Uber is expanding its business in D.C. without a care.
Uber is launching uberFamily in D.C. today, which will allow customers to request a vehicle equipped with a car seat for children. uberFamily is available [...]

District Line Daily: Just Shoot Us

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D.C. nabbed Pierre Bagley from Hollywood. It's a long shot, but can he bring Hollywood to D.C? [...]

District Line Daily: No Bending on “Yoga Tax”

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Council Chair Phil Mendelson says, despite backlash from the D.C. gym industry, he's sticking with the proposed [...]

Uber to Virginia: See You in Traffic Court

A day after the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles directed Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the commonwealth, Uber says it will cover the costs for any of its drivers who are cited for disobeying the order.
The Virginia DMV issued cease and desist letters to the car services Thursday, writing that both firms are operating illegally [...]

District Line Daily: Problem Not Solved in D.C. Fire Dept.

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Embattled D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced he will retire in July. But the problems aren't over [...]

D.C. Cabs Could Get Surge Pricing

One of the key differences between D.C. taxicabs and their app-based competitors, like Uber, is that the government strictly regulates uniform prices for all cabs, while non-taxis are allowed to have their prices respond to market demands, with prices fluctuating at any given moment.
But now, under a new proposal first reported on by WAMU, the D.C. [...]

In Paris, Uber-Cab Wars Turn Violent

The Uber-D.C. taxicab battles have nothing on what's happening in Paris right now.
Cab drivers in the French capital are on strike, protesting what the say is the unfair competition that car services like Uber bring to the market. During a protest earlier today near Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, some cab drivers smashed the windows, damaged the hood, [...]

District Line Daily: A Visit From Snyder

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Although Pigskins owner Dan Snyder has refused to change his team's name, he and team officials [...]

Warning: There Will Be Uber Price Surges on New Year’s Eve

The always-controversial Uber came under extra heavy fire last week when New York City customers complained of exorbitant price surges during a snowstorm, with fares jumping to seven times their normal amount.
But the customers weren't getting any sympathy from the libertarian disrupters over at Uber. After all, this is the core of the Uber business [...]

Uber to Deliver Christmas Trees Tomorrow

Uber has already shaken up the taxi industry. Now it's disrupting Christmas.
Tomorrow only, the ride-service app is partnering with Home Depot to deliver seven- to eight-feet-tall Fraser Fir Christmas trees to customers for $135. Users just have to request an UberTREE on their app, and then their Uber account will be charged and the tree [...]

Uber CEO: Writers Shouldn’t Think We’re Responsible When Things Go Wrong

Uber, seemingly in permanent murky water in D.C., has a funny way of playing damage control.
Last Saturday night, Bridget Todd, an activist and former lecturer at Howard University tweeted at the company that her Uber driver choked her after she kissed her husband in the back of the vehicle because he didn't approve of her [...]

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