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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report 182

Posted by timothy
from the ethics-schmethics dept.
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes The folks over at The Verge claim that "Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors." Interviews and documents apparently show Uber reps ordering and canceling Lyft rides by the thousands, following a playbook with advice designed to prevent Lyft from flagging their accounts. 'Uber appears to be replicating its program across the country. One email obtained by The Verge links to an online form for requesting burner phones, credit cards, and driver kits — everything an Uber driver needs to get started, which recruiters often carry with them.' Is this an example of legal-but-hard-hitting business tactics, or is Uber overstepping its bounds? The so-called sharing economy seems just as cutthroat — if not more so — than any other industry out there.
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

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  • Re:Illegal (Score:5, Funny)

    by asmkm22 (1902712) on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @05:46PM (#47760685)

    Except what will happen is Uber will come out and say that after an internal investigation, they found a few rogue employees had the program up on their own time, and Uber has now put a stop to it, etc.. It's how these things work. It's really no different than getting cut off while driving, tracking the plate number through the DMV for a physical address, and then setting up your stripper friend to show up while during their family dinner.

    We've all done that.

  • Re:Illegal (Score:5, Funny)

    by GrumpySteen (1250194) on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @05:50PM (#47760701)

    It's really no different than getting cut off while driving, tracking the plate number through the DMV for a physical address, and then setting up your stripper friend to show up while during their family dinner.

    If I'd known it would cause strippers to show up for free at my house for dinner, I'd have started cutting people off the moment I got my driver's license.

  • Re:Illegal (Score:5, Funny)

    by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @06:08PM (#47760845) Homepage

    Same reason I'm not allowed in the reptile house at London Zoo any more.

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