This Week in Rideshare: Law, Booze, and Bots

We talk all things legal with Gridwise, delivery goes speakeasy, and bots cause havoc on Instacart. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 4/20/20

On Monday, Uber won the rights to serve as a business vendor to the U.S. government. Yahoo Finance reported:

“Politicians and campaigns have for years relied on Uber for rides to and catering for their events, but the decision Monday is the first clearance for federal agencies to sign contracts with the company. It’s a rare bright spot as Uber struggles to adjust to the effects of Covid-19.”

TUESDAY 4/21/20

Tuesday, Gridwise interviewed attorney and co-founder of LegalRideshare Bryant Greening about all things legal.

WEDNESDAY 4/22/20

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Ordering drinks or starting a speakeasy? It’s the newest alarming trend as delivery drivers struggle to maintain consistency in laws while staying safe. The Washington Post reported:

“Uber Eats has become a rogue mobile bar during the coronavirus pandemic, delivering cups and carafes of mimosas, margaritas and mai tais.

The only problem? The app forbids alcohol delivery in most markets.

Strapped restaurants have been selling high-margin drinks to go since California and other states temporarily loosened alcohol rules during the global pandemic.”

THURSDAY 4/23/20

As the death of rideshare drivers continue to mount, some have become outspoken voices for change. Daily Mail interviewed a few drivers about the need for better protections:

Yaseen Asleem, head of the United Private Hire Drivers association whose organization represents drivers in eight cities, said PPE would save lives.

“It is impossible to keep two meters if you are driving passengers and drivers are unnecessarily dying. They could be saved with proper PPE and Government help.

Many of our drivers cannot afford to give up driving and stay at home. Many are from BAME backgrounds where the ethic is to provide for their families.”

FRIDAY 4/24/20

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It appears the issues for Instacart continue to pile on. On Friday, TechCrunch reported that bots are stealing batches from shoppers. They added:

Despite the high demand for Instacart amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shoppers like Carmichael are facing difficulties claiming orders within the shopper app. This is the result of what appears to be some sophisticated work by third-party apps like Ninja Hours, Sushopper and others.

“They grab the batches within a blink of an eye,” Carmichael said. “I can barely see the amounts offered. Sometimes I may even just receive a notification because the batch has been taken before it was even registered in my app.”

LegalRideshare is the first law firm in the United States to focus exclusively on Uber®, Lyft®, gig workers, bikeshare and e-scooter accidents and injuries.

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