GOOD UBERS DON'T LET UBER USERS DRIVE DRUNK

Good Ubers Don't Let Uber Users Drive Drunk
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GOOD UBERS DON'T LET UBER USERS DRIVE DRUNK



Written by Jack Blocker
09 Thursday 09th April 2015

At 26 re-tweets and 5 favourites, it's one of my more succesful tweets. My consumer anger had been replaced by the brief dopamine rush of online affirmation. As it turns out, calling out Uber on Twitter instantly draws the support of beleaguered cabbies, many of whom spend their day trashing the superior app-based service rather than bettering their own.

In the midst of the heady storm of online engagement, I missed a text from my sister. Later, I saw that it read something similar to this. "Please remember to log out of my Uber account on ur phone." That previous night, I got so battered that I couldn't remember my password for the app. Also, I really didn't want to be the one responsible for paying as the trip was going to cost about £30 and I was not financially solvent at that point in time. My ruse complete, my sister swiped my phone to take the hit of a ride back to South London. Why did she use my phone? Her one had died.

In hindsight, admitting my mistake was foolish. I probably could have wrangled some credit from this whole incident, meaning I literally would have been paid for being blackout drunk.

Uber recently trialled a breathalyser in Canada. The concept is simple. Blow into the device, and if you're over the limit, Uber will send a car for you. It's a nice idea, but if you're the sort of person who achieves a state of inebriation where you can operate a giant breathalyser and not a phone, maybe you shouldn't be leaving the house.

I don't think this machine would've helped me one bit.

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