When UBER became an alternative to taxis, taxi companies and drivers were furious. UBER’s lower fares meant cabbies were losing customers and money.
The battle between 13Cabs and UBER rages on, with the traditional transport provider apparently resorting to dirty tactics to win the war.
13Cabs posted an image on Facebook of an UBER receipt for $276, which was supposedly billed to an UBER passenger last Friday. The post stated:
‘Do you know this person!?
‘If so, we want to gift them a $400 13CABS voucher to make up for being surged nearly 4x this morning for a trip from the CBD to the Airport by a certain “Ride Share” company.
‘This Driver receipt came across our desk and we’re looking for the other half — so if you can prove you were the Passenger for this ride, get in touch and we’ll help make a rainy day a little brighter. #13CABS #NoSurge’.
However, UBER have called foul play and have insisted that the image has been tampered with:
‘It is missing the booking fee line item, which is standard on normal Uber receipts…
‘The base fare of $91.55 can only be accurate if was a three-plus hour trip to the airport given our time and distance rates on UberX.’
After further investigations, UBER admitted the receipt was real, but it wasn’t from last weekend or from a regular UBER ride.
‘After further investigation, we now believe this was an old XL receipt from several weeks ago that was repurposed to falsely claim it was a trip that occurred during Friday’s storm’.
The receipt was actually charged to a group of 6 passengers in a UBER XL, with the distance and the dates reportedly being inaccurate.
13Cabs are denying that the receipt has been tampered with, however many people are still unconvinced and have accused 13Cabs of knowingly spreading false accusations.
One commuter even wrote:
‘I’d rather pay the 4x surge and go home in a clean modern car with a friendly driver that knows where he’s going rather than a s***box 13Cabs rubber-coated stinking taxi with the driver constantly mumbling into his earpiece…
‘Uber is the best thing to happen to the industry, you brought it on yourselves for taking the p*** out of us for years.’
For many, this is just the final gasp of a dying business. A business model that has been outdated for far too long and is now suffering the consequences.