Michigan man starts ‘Amish Uber’ horse and buggy service

Although Uber doesn’t service the rural southwest Michigan village of Colon, Amish resident Timothy Hochstedler found a workaround.

According to a report from WWMT-TV, Hochstedler launched his own “Amish Uber” business, transporting people around the village in his horse and buggy for a $5 fare.

His ride has a lot more character than a car. “He loves people,” Hochstedler said of his horse, according to WWMT. “He’s a Morgan. A Morgan is a people’s horse. They love giving you a kiss or whatever.”

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/08/06/amish-uber-colon-michigan-horse-buggy/913071002/

WTF Day is it?

It’s rare that I’m so busy for five-hours straight doing my über thang but with all the students returned to the University of Delaware, my trips were off the chain!  Albeit all of them small $5-10 fares, I nailed 15 in five hours!

It was a great day. . .it was über-great!

Remember when California was the free, do what you want state? Now it’s the ban state!

New court ruling could force Uber, Lyft to convert drivers to employees
California Supreme Court: It’ll be tougher for firms to not have bona fide employees.

The California Supreme Court has ruled that it will now be harder for employers to formally classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

The court’s Monday opinion in Dynamex v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County could have a profound impact on many tech companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and others that provide on-demand services. Dynamex is a courier and delivery company based in Kent, Washington.

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Detective suspended after Uber driver attack

SEATTLE — The King County Sheriff’s Office says a detective was suspended for four days without pay after an internal investigation determined she punched, kicked, scratched and slapped an Uber driver while she was off duty.

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said this week that detective Janette Luitgaarden would serve the suspension for unbecoming conduct in the Nov. 4, 2017 incident.

The Washington State Patrol said Luitgaarden appeared significantly intoxicated after she attacked the driver while the car was southbound Interstate 405.

A police report says that Luitgaarden began yelling that she was being kidnapped while in the vehicle and tried to jump out of the moving car.

The report says she attacked the driver after the driver grabbed her arm to keep her from jumping.

Luitgaarden’s union representative said she was experiencing personal problems that night and was embarrassed by her actions.

Uber allowing service to be denied to Unite the Right marchers

Marchers in this weekend’s Unite the Right 2 white nationalist rally may have a harder time getting a ride or a room. Uber, Lyft and Airbnb are allowing drivers and hosts to deny service to potential customers who participate in the rally in Washington, D.C.

Each company issued statements this week that did not directly denounce Unite the Right marchers but made clear that providers can refuse service to anyone who makes them uncomfortable or violates guidelines against discrimination.

Lyft said it had made clear to drivers in the D.C. area that “their safety comes first.”

“If they ever feel uncomfortable or disrespected by a passenger, they can cancel that ride,” the ride-share company said in a statement to CBS News.

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New York just capped the number of Uber, Lyft vehicles in the city

New York just became the first US city to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles and require Uber, Lyft, and other companies to pay drivers a minimum rate.

Regulatory changes in New York City, Uber’s largest US market, could provide a model for other cities eager to rein in ridesharing firms that have increased congestion even as they’ve revolutionized transportation.

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Uber Driver Found Guilty of Raping Unconscious Passenger

An Uber driver who picked up a drunken woman at a D.C. bar and sexually assaulted her at a motel while she was unconscious has been found guilty of rape.

A jury convicted Westagne Pierre of second-degree rape Wednesday evening.

“This horrified all of us because so many rely on Uber to be transported around,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said at a news conference Friday.

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