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Here’s What Happens When Journalists Pretend to Be Uber Drivers

Corporate cars. (Screenshot via Uber)

Reviled by taxi unions and under scrutiny for its surge pricing practices, Uber is a pretty controversial app. And working for the taxicab startup, two writers recently found, is also far from a perfect experience.

GQ writer Mickey Raplan played the part of an UberX driver for a week and wrote about it, witnessing the typical bad behavior a cab driver sees on the job. Says Mr. Raplan:

“Just for the record, I have been waiting in this brat’s driveway for fifteen minutes while he (I’m just guessing here) stared at himself in the mirror and (again, just guessing here) debated exactly how many rope bracelets still qualifies as casual. I won’t notice the pimp cup he and his friends are sipping from until they get out of the car, which is probably a good thing—I’m a bit of a neat freak, and I’ve never enjoyed so much as a Nutri-Grain bar inside my car.” Read More