from the yeah,-like-that's-going-to-help dept
But some folks still are going absolutely nuts over Uber, and France appears to be ground zero for the craziest of the crazy anti-Uber folks. We'd already mentioned that French officials had raided Uber's offices not too long ago, but today cab drivers decided to "protest" Uber by... showing that they're a bunch of violent hooligans. At least that seems to be the message cab drivers are sending with today's violent anti-Uber protests.
French taxi drivers blocked the entrances to Paris’s major airports and train stations, while disruptions were also reported in other cities, including Marseille and Aix-en-Provence in the South.If the fire situation didn't already give you a clue, these protests quickly went beyond mere protests, to true modern Luddism, with taxi drivers starting to flip cars and setting more fires.
In Grenoble, near the border with Italy, taxi associations burned tires on the highway, while in Paris, police officers in riot gear used tear gas to disrupt the protests.
The anger from French taxi drivers is the latest in a series of challenges confronting Uber, which has been accused by taxi associations and some policy makers of breaking national transportation laws and of creating unfair competition to traditional taxis. The ride-booking service faces regulatory scrutiny in many of the countries in which it operates.
Paris . No Comment pic.twitter.com/81fIIoGYcc— La Gazette du Taxi (@LaGazetteduTaxi) June 25, 2015
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
So here's the question: what do these cabbies think they're accomplishing here? If Uber wasn't a service that people wanted to use, then there wouldn't be a problem. But it is something they want to use, and it's a service they like. Getting violent, flipping cars, setting fires and terrorizing passengers is going to do what exactly? Suddenly get everyone to think "why, yes, I'd rather pay extra money and take a ride with these sociopaths?" Yes, Uber can be a bit brash in how it carries itself, but the way to deal with that is to provide a better service. Flipping cars and setting fires does not appear to be doing anything related to that.