As a user of these services (I don't own a car), I welcome Lyft and Uber to the scene. I've given incumbent taxi services a fair chance, I've even tried the new app Hailo (which uses incumbent taxis). But, the taxis continue to overcharge, are late or never show up, and some are downright hostile. UberX tends to be a bit pricier but is extremely reliable (you know you're going to get a much newer car and very professional service) and Lyft has lower prices and a more "friend giving you a lift home" attitude. Uber Black is the towncar/limo service and has proven to be exceptional, and priced very competitively. I will never go back to using taxis again. They had their chance to compete fairly for my money but they blew it.
Given the location, I would be willing to bet money the girl is white and the boy is African-American. I'm typically loath to introduce the "race card" and think it is seriously abused, but in this instance I believe it is a major factor. I'd love to be proven wrong, though.
And a lot of "stupid shills" ignore the fact that the ordinances concerning taxi medallions and fees were instituted at the behest of the taxi companies themselves in order to limit competition. Now, they're whining about the very idea they asked for. Wait... what's that I hear?... could that tiny little sound be the world's smallest violin playing a mournful tune?
I no longer trust the police to protect me. I view the police as a danger to me, someone to avoid and be wary of. Yes, I'm sure there are good cops out there, but they actively protect the bad ones, so what's the difference?
You already lost your argument by your craven ad hominems and outright lies. The public overwhelmingly prefers Uber (and Lyft, etc.) to traditional taxis in every city where they operate. If the service was so expensive and poor, if it was such a bad quality, then Uber/Lyft, etc. would quickly go out of business. But, that's not the case, and that's why people like you (who I suspect is now astroturfing for the incumbent taxi industry) are so afraid and are resorting to spreading FUD and lies. You have nothing else. The sooner the incumbent taxi industry puts their resources into improving their service instead of trying to buy the politicians into creating obstacles for competitors, the better we all will be.
And they wonder why trust of police is declining... I'm a white, middle-aged man and I've had several family members who are/were police officers. But, in the last few years my trust of police has gone down to zero. I do not trust them to have my best interest at heart. I do not trust them to be honest.