I don’t like Uber. It’s an apparently evil company that overcharges people and eschews accountability as often as possible. However, seeing an angry mob of cabbies descend upon and destroy a number of Uber cars in Mexico City actually made me feel bad for Uber drivers.
At this point it’s a common tale. Taxi cab drivers get mad at Uber drivers for stealing their business so they protest and set Uber drivers’ cars on fire. It’s happened before; it’ll happen again. Yet, despite Uber’s awful reputation, it’s hard not to sympathize with the poor drivers in Mexico City who just got their cars trashed. In an interview with local news, one young Uber driver interviewed looks distraught and scared—which is natural since a violent man just threw a boulder through his window.
Uber is a shady company, but let’s not take out that rage on drivers. Lord knows Uber isn’t going to pay to replace their cars after the cabbies demolish them. And history suggests that Uber isn’t going anywhere, so maybe taxis just need to get better.