This Week In Rideshare: Guns, Booze and Fees.

LegalRideshare
3 min readJan 19, 2024

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A driver protects himself, Uber kills Drizly and DoorDash hikes fees. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

DRIVER DEFENDS HIMSELF. GETS DEACTIVATED.

A driver fended off his passenger to save his life. Uber’s response? Deactivation. KSDK reported:

Keith, 37, said he picked up three men at North Kingshighway Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

Keith said the man pointed a gun right at his face and told him to get out of the car.

“As I started to exit, I reached down and grabbed my gun and he said ‘What are you reaching for? What are you reaching for?’ I hear ‘pop pop’ and I started firing back.”

Bullets hit the car seats, doors and shattered two windows on his wife’s Toyota Corolla.

A bullet grazed Keith on his chin.

“Uber did call to make sure that I was OK. Their insurance rep also totaled my wife’s car. I really liked working there. I know they have a policy that prohibits drivers from carrying guns, but I was protecting myself and I don’t think I should have lost my job,” he said.

UBER KILLS DRIZLY

Drizly stops flowing. Axios reported:

The big picture: Drizly was always a bit of an odd match for Uber, in that it didn’t hire or contract its own delivery workers. Instead, Drizly provided backend tech that let local liquor stores provide their own deliveries.

The bigger issue, however, might have been cybersecurity. Drizly in 2020 confirmed a hack that exposed information on around 2.5 million customers.

What it didn’t say, however, was that the company had been aware of the security flaw for two years without fixing it.

DOORDASH HIKES FEES

A win for drivers turns into more fees for customers. New York Post adds:

DoorDash is raising delivery fees for Big Apple customers and restaurants alike in response to recent minimum wage hikes — driving already-stratospheric prices even higher, The Post has learned.

A month after city legislation forced food-delivery apps to pay higher hourly wages — at least $17.96 an hour — DoorDash told restaurants that they will be paying a higher commission rate effective Wednesday, according to a memo obtained by The Post.

The memo also warns because of the “extreme minimum pay rate” customer fees will go up “to help offset the increased costs.”

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