In response to that site....If the taxi industry wants to be saved, then they should start by improving their their operations: friendlier drivers (just like any job, they should be rated too), better kept cars, and more convenient pick up and payment systems. Trying to save themselves by yelling at an obviously more successful service is just plain stupid. The smartest thing for them to do would be to learn from what services like Uber and Lyft are doing right, and start implementing them into their own operations. They're pretty much giving taxi companies the entire business plan on how to be better.
As a recent DC transplant coming from Charleston, I am extremely excited to hear about Uber making its way to SC. I have used the service countless times to get from my home in Arlington, VA to the nightlife areas in DC and vice versa.
With there already being a significant lack of transportation options during the late bar hours in Charleston, Uber will play a significant part in preventing more people from going out drinking and driving back to their homes in James Island and Mount Pleasant from DT. Another positive aspect from this service is that it will provide more jobs to the area, and the salary for Uber drivers (at least in DC) is pretty damn good. Also, if you're at a spot in town where cabs aren't readily available, Uber is so much more convenient to get a ride rather than calling the cab company and having them send someone out. The app shows you a picture of the driver and their car, their rating which previous drivers give (to stay with Uber you usually have to have a rating of 4.8 or higher, any lower and you're at risk of getting cut), and a gps marker of their car that tells you where and how long they will take him to get to your requested pickup location. Also with the service requiring you to securely link your credit or debit card to the app, you don't have to worry about pulling out cash, or giving a tip at the end of the ride. You just simply request the driver, hop in, get to where you are going, and hop out. Can't tell you the number of times I've both been in and heard situations where a cab driver says its alright to use a credit card to pay. However, when the ride is over they say the machine is broken, which in DC is actually illegal to operate a cab without the reader working. A large reason why services like Uber and Lyft are so popular in larger cities is because the cab companies have refused to improve their service and their image, and this is where these apps make take advantage.
From what the author says, it does seem apparent that CofC did not address these recent assaults in the correct way. However, by screaming that we are perpetuating rape culture by telling women they should be more cautious, especially after a night of drinking, is not the right idea either. Yes, we should focus more on stopping these incidents from happening at all at the source, but we should also educate these women in how to handle themselves in late night situations where they are at greater risk. By trying to place more attention at stopping it at the source, we are assuming that rapists are rational thinkers. I would like to think that most people know this is not the case, especially when alcohol is in the mix.
Being a man and living downtown, I have found myself being afraid many times over possibly being mugged when I walk by myself late at night. However, if ever I think I might face this problem I use caution and will ask one of my friends to walk with me or, in extreme situations, call a cab. Yeah, it would be fantastic if the muggers had an epiphany and realized the harm and danger they are perpetrating and decided to stop. The only problem is they're not thinking rationally.
While we do need to keep fighting and preventing rape from ever happening, we also need to stay cautious. I'm sure all the readers on here use caution everyday, from walking across the street, not swimming during a riptide, making sure food is cooked, or even buying insurance because you might get hurt or a hurricane might destroy your house on IOP. Educating ourselves and using caution should not be under attack.
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