So a lot of people are critiquing the outrage over the Uber car service being blocked from Birmingham.
Ok first, I have a HUGE problem with people telling others what they can and cannot get angry about, or passionate about, and what is and isn’t worth their time. And the ever-pretentious “there’s worse things to worry over,” as if people are only capable of being passionate over one issue. I can be mad about whatever I want, whenever I want.
Second, this is not an issue of young professionals complaining in Birmingham. If you knew ANYTHING about this city, you’d know that our public transportation is atrocious.
Heaven forbid, you’re out with your friends, you’re drunk, your designated driver gets drunk, your ride leaves, you feel like leaving before your ride does, or you generally feel unsafe at a bar or party and you are unable to drive or your car is not with you (these have ALL happened to me one time or another), and it’s after buses and trolleys are running, you can CALL a cab. The likelihood of that cab showing up is slim to none. If they do show up, they’ll be hours late, rude to you, and overcharge you. You can’t just hail one like in larger cities.
With Uber, you know you’ll be getting a safe, timely ride home for relatively cheap, it’s quick and easy, just in case you might’ve had too much to drink, and the drivers are held up to very high standards that taxi drivers are not.
I’ve used Uber in other cities and it is so convenient. I’ve never had a difficult experience. The drivers are so helpful, especially if you’re from out of town. They pick you us right on time and get you where you need to be very quickly, you pay on the app beforehand.
The BIGGER issue, that people might feel is actually worthy of their time, but theyre to ignorant to do any research of their own is the corruption of the Birmingham city council for blocking this. The woman blocking this has reportedly not accepted any calls on the matter, she has also sought legal advice from a law firm that represents the major cab companies in Birmingham and had an agenda in blocking Uber.
So YEA. It IS an issue worthy of your time if you care anything about your city.