Really?: Uber Turned on Surge Pricing for People Fleeing Sydney Hostage Scene




Uber can’t buy good publicity right now. First we get news of the Escargot protest in Paris right today. Now we get news that the ride-sharing app was over-charging people who we’re fleeing from the crime scene in Sydney Australia!

In the midst of a hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia, Uber, turned on surge pricing for customers trying to get away from the armed siege.

The company would later take to Twitter to to explain why they did.


The company was later offered free rides in the area and refunds to anyone who paid the surge fees of $100-$200 to escape the area where a gunman had taken over a café.

Source: Gawker


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