Uber Slammed For Hiking Prices During Sydney Crisis
Uber's attempt to hike prices during the hostage situation in Sydney brought scathing criticism, adding to the bad press for the ridesharing company.By Jasmine Bailey | December 15, 2014
Monday was just a mess for controversial ridesharing company Uber.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, "There are people who would wish to do us harm." Monday dozens of people were taken hostage at a cafe in Martin Place, Sydney's busy financial district.
As that took place, Uber send out this tweet notifying customers of a fourfold price hike with the claim "to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area." That tweet became the impetus of scathing backlash.