Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Uber CEO Sorry for Argument With Driver

According to him, it's nothing personal. TK: "We're not dropping the price on Black".

Uber says on its website that drivers are permitted by the company to record riders "for purposes of safety", but notes that "local regulations may require individuals using recording equipment in vehicles to fully disclose to riders that they are being recorded in or around a vehicle and obtain consent".

Then, Kalanick points the finger at the driver.

The driver claimed that he had lost $97,000 because of the low demand of UberBlack. "Otherwise we'd go out of business". We started high-end. We didn't go low-end because we wanted to. "That's a piece of cake right there". "After that, it's a matter of Kalanick maintaining message discipline and starting to move his company out of harm's way".

Kalanick explained he lowered fares to remain competitive against other ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft. But that's not the case, because Kamel has a few things he needs to get out of his mind.

Before that, more than 200,000 people deleted the app when Uber offered rides at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport during a protest of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

He later adds: "I'm bankrupt because of you".

"You keep changing every day!"

This seemed to make Kalanick flare up.

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"You changed the whole business".

Kamel: You dropped the prices. Kalanick asked Singhal to resign this morning.

Kamel: How much is the [per mile rate] now?

"Bullshit", the CEO of the $69 billion company is overheard saying on the video that was recorded Super Bowl Sunday in San Francisco.

As "Don't Wanna Know" by Maroon 5 plays in the background, Mr Kalanick sits in the middle of the car's back seat, with a female friend on either side of him.

The driver retorted by saying, "Good luck to you too but like this you won't get far". Fawzi is said to have given the CEO of Uber a one star rating following the incident.

It's nothing new how Kalanick likes to charge hard and be fiercely competitive.

While many customers appreciate Uber for bringing competition to the broad taxi industry, Kalanick's strong personality and aggressive philosophy to win has rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way.

"To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement", he said, offering his apologies to Kamal and Uber's drivers, customers and employees.

"My job as your leader is to lead. and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud", he said.

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