The Best New Year's Eve Tweets About Uber, Because People Have Lots Of Opinions About Surge Pricing
If an Uber driver took you home after the ball dropped last night, then you might have been in for a bit of a shock when you checked your phone this morning. Thanks to Uber’s surge pricing — where regular rates are multiplied during high-demand times — lots of unhappy customers took to social media today to complain about the cost of their New Year’s Eve rides, according to CBS News. The bad news is that, while it’s totally frustrating to have to pay hundreds of dollars for what was probably a short ride, there likely isn't much recourse other than just paying it and chalking it up to a learning experience. But the good news? Twitter is full of hilarious tweets today as a result of the outrage.
There are lots of opinions about whether their pricing scheme is fair, but ultimately, Uber figures they warned users in advance about surge pricing, and they required customers to agree to the increased charges before securing a ride, according to TIME. So, you know, sorry, not sorry, people. And a common refrain from those who totally do not have any sympathy for anyone who feels they overpaid on their ride home is that there were other options (like public transit, or, uh, actual taxis). But while there are plenty of different responses to the post-New-Year's-Eve, surge pricing fallout floating around social media today, they pretty much all fall into one of the following categories:
Firstly, there are the people who are totally unimpressed with Uber.
When we paid $257.51 for a 15 minute Uber ride home... pic.twitter.com/TEx9iqWQNb— Q (@quyenjadetran) January 1, 2016
I never condone drinking & driving, but when your Uber bill is THIS much, some risks just might be worth taking. pic.twitter.com/9zPQou0KzR— Walt (@WaltD336) January 1, 2016
Then there are the people who would like to give us all an economics lesson:
Hey people complaining about Uber surge pricing: It's called supply and demand, Communists.— Charlie (@CharlieWisco) January 1, 2016
know what'd be a fun Venn diagram? (self-proclaimed "victims" of Uber surge pricing(x)people who disparaged that McDonald's hot coffee lady)— Sean Cuddihy (@scudly89) January 2, 2016
And then there are the taxi purists:
Shoutout to everyone who saw the 7x uber surge pricing last night and still forgot regular taxis exist— Dexter Hart (@DexterHart) January 2, 2016
Not to be outdone by public transportation humblebraggers:
Lol at people complaining about paying 6x Uber surge pricing. Took a subway home with no issues for $2.75. — Kyle Turman (@kyleturman) January 1, 2016
I was thinking we could launch a company to compete with Uber surge pricing and call it "Yellow Cab" or maybe "the bus".— Richard Basile (@tempogenic) January 2, 2016
Reading about #ubersurge got me like "HELLOOOO GET A NORMAL TAXI?!?!?" or even "tell me again how cool it is while i buy this £2 bus ticket"— jc (@jjjjoooonnnn) January 2, 2016
But, at least not everyone has lost their sense of humor:
Uber surge pricing is like seeing the person you've been dating and that you're really into making out with someone else on the dance floor.— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) January 1, 2016
I woke up in a tub of ice missing a kidney. I thought I was attacked but it turned out to be the cost of last night's Uber surge pricing— Joey Benson (@jjbenson72) January 2, 2016
Well, at least you have plenty of time to save up for next year's ride home.
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