Uber, the world-wide taxi company masquerading as a ride-sharing service without proper background checks on its drivers, revealed that it has introduced "route based pricing," i.e. charging more for trips based on the destination. Uber paid a $10 million file for misleading California customers regarding its background checks, or lack thereof.
While no one should feel sorry for wealthy elites traveling to and from their equally wealthy friends, the new pricing plan will penalize servants for the affluent traveling to and from work and others forced to work in the gig economy because of outsourcing. And Uber will no doubt prioritize rides based on what it will earn, so the aforementioned servants will end up waiting longer.
Uber's increased prices will probably not result in higher wages for its drivers if history is any guide.
Bloomberg News is actually sympathetic with Uber's Robin Hood 2.0 action, stealing from the rich, poor, and workers, and giving the loot to other rich, referring to Uber as a "carpooling service" when normal people would call it a taxi service via app.
And Uber management is very rich. The two founders of Uber, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, are both worth $6.3 billion, though curiously the former is listed at #78 on Forbes' list of top-400 wealthiest Americans, while the latter is not
Other famous outsourcers appear on the Forbes list: #1 - Bill Gates, #2 - Jeff Bezos, #15 - Steve Baller, #20 - Michael Dell, #21 - Paul Allen, and #23 - Laurene Powell Jobs (by way of her husband, St. Steve).
Taxi companies benefit society because drivers are vetted to prevent rapes, robberies, and other crimes, something for which Uber drivers have become known, and because they serve people in an egalitarian first-come, first-serve fashion. Uber serves only its management and shareholders and should therefore be shuttered before it becomes too big to fail and a nightmarish monopoly.