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Uber's Travis Kalanick apologises for berating driver

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Mae Harvey | 03 March, 2017, 00:16

Mr Kamel told Mr Kalanick that he had lost $97,000 and gone bankrupt because of him, at which point Mr Kalanick lost his cool: "Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own shit".

"You're raising the standards, and you're dropping the prices", Kamel asserts, arguing that the cost of rides is too cheap.

Kalanick goes on to say "some people ... blame everything in their life on somebody else".

After the video went public, Kalanick issued a statement to Uber employees.

After the video surfaced, Kalanick said he was embarrassed for treating the driver with disrespect, and apologized.

Following Fowler Rigetti's explosive initial Medium post, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent a company-wide memo noting that the company would be investigating the claims and its culture, with Holder and Tammy Albarran of law firm Covington & Burling leading the investigation.

And just days later, we reported that Waymo, the company that began as Google's self-driving-car project, is suing Uber over claims that an executive at company it acquired brought "thousands of design files that had been inappropriately downloaded from [Waymo] servers". "We believe in creating a workplace where a deep sense of justice underpins everything we do and it's everyone's number one priority to create change in the coming months and years".

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Kalanick climbed out of the vehicle, spitting "good luck" behind him.

"To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement", he wrote. The drivers who were left to fend for their livelihood came back to work even as the companies applied surge pricing to entice drivers to come back to work. And you've likely followed Uber's other problems over the past 3 months; from #DeleteUber to a former software engineer's scathing blog post about Uber's sexual harassment problems to Uber's head of engineering resigning Monday after Uber learned about sexual harassment complaints from his former employer.

Travis Kalanick vs Uber Driver: What Did They Argue About? Uber dispatches rides, tracks fares, bills customers, and pays the drivers, without any middle men involved.

In a lawsuit filed last week, the self-driving auto division of Google parent company Alphabet accused a company that was eventually acquired by Uber of stealing trade secrets. "If you are contacted by anyone asking for personal and intimate info about me, please report asap".

The video stirred quite some waves and made headlines, so a more humble Kalanick has now seen the error of his ways and issued an apology for his reactions.

"The law firm Perkins Coie is looking into the specific allegations raised by Susan", an Uber spokesperson said.

Kalanick later stepped down from Trump's business advisory board after getting criticized for his ties to the new president. Uber says it takes roughly one-quarter of a fare.

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