Play by the Rules

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 15, 2016

Dear Editor,
    It appears that Uber and the ridesharing cohort just can't take "Yes" for an answer; they want to run the whole show. First they objected to fingerprinting, so Mayor Compromise promoted one which made fingerprinting optional, with incentives to get drivers to get fingerprinted. Uber's response was to buy a petition election to replace the council's regulations with "regulations" written by Uber, making the Austin City Council a subsidiary of Uber ["Uber Says 'Thumbs Down,'" News, Jan. 29].
    I've already seen the signs, (bought, paid for, and installed by affiliates of Uber, no doubt), "Support Ridesharing," which all sounds so wonderful until you think about what Uber means by "support," which is defined by the people who are supposed to be regulated. Boy, I'd like to be regulated in a deal like that! First you buy a petition, then you buy an election. Is this America, or what? How about "Support Safe Ridesharing"?
    Uber says they will leave if the council insists on fingerprinting, but when printing passes, they attempt to bypass the council. How about they just live up to their original word and leave, now? We don't need Uber, and we don't owe them a single thing. If they don't like Austin's rules, they don't have to play here. We don't like bullies here.
Andy Rogers
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