Did Uber Double Their Rates For Those Fleeing Chelsea Bombing?

Posted: Sep 19 2016, 9:47am CDT | by , in News | Latest Business News


Did Uber Double Their Rates for Those Fleeing Chelsea Bombing?
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Over the weekend, a bomb that exploded in Chelsea, New York City caused some people to flea the area as quickly as they could. With the subway station closed off, many took to Uber to escape. 

Those people have taken to social to slam Uber for their response in the wake of the blast that killed one person and left at least 24 injured. Uber reportedly amped up the charges 1.4 to 3 times the standard fare with one worker saying that he had to pay twice as much.

Earlier in the evening, Uber said that they were removing the surge pricing in Chelsea, but many passengers in other areas of Manhattan said that they weren't seeing the decrease.

Shaun King, a  New York Daily News reporter, confirmed the reports of higher fares were true after he was stranded in Manhattan. He wrote on Twitter: “My family and I were out in Manhattan and many of our train lines were closed. Uber prices surged up.”

Michael Cohen, executive vice president of The Trump Organisation and special counsel to the presidential nominee, said: “NYC explosion causes residents to attempt to get home. Uber taking total advantage of chaos and surcharging passengers 1.4 to 1.8 times.”

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