In a video capture by Bloomberg‘s dashcam, CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick had a rough 2 minutes of discussion with an enraged driver Fawzi Kamel.
Uber is on a rough ride, especially due to its competitions with other car aggregator including Lyft, and the ambition to capture more market covering losses, the pay scale of drivers was significantly dropped down. Drivers worldwide are unhappy about the decision made so far and has been pleading and protesting for better remuneration package.
The video starts, we see Kalanick sandwiched with two girls on the back seat of the cab, probably after a night out had they booked Uber for running home. As they get off of the cab, Kamel starts a conversation with Kalanick depicting the issue of drivers with the company’s decision of cutting remuneration.
When the discussion gets heated. Kamel says “People aren’t trusting you anymore. People (drivers) don’t want to buy cars anymore”, he added ” I lost 97,000 dollars because of you. I am bankrupt because of you.”
Kalanick response to competition with Lyft and the planning process of cutting remuneration didn’t get acrossed Kamel.
Thus his statement ” Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything on their life on somebody else” broke out, adding ” Goodbye” as he storms out of the cab. Kamel fire back saying” Good luck to you too, but you won’t go far”.
The unpleasant situation in Uber is revolving worldwide. In India, we saw angry mob of drivers vandalising the office headquartered in Bengaluru, Delhi’s driver association of Uber were no less protesting against the company regarding low salary and starting hunger strikes. Some drivers committed suicide and some dressed up as beggars in Hyderabad. The low pay scale were not enough for their livelihood ,pay taxes & loans.
The video was shot on Feb 5, and after few days of the video going viral with criticism from the public. Kalanick apologised for his behaviour to Uber staff and also posted on the company’s blog.
“To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement, My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away.”