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Video of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver about changing prices bankrupting them
The footage, which was obtained by Bloomberg, shows Kalanick yelling ‘bulls***’ as the driver, Fawzi Kamel, accused him for ‘bankrupting’ him.
‘People aren’t trusting you anymore? Do you think people will buy cars anymore? Nobody wants to buy a car. I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you,’
‘You know what, some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own s***.
‘They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck,’ he barked at the driver before jumping out of the car.
TRANSCRIPT OF TRAVIS KALANICK’S FIGHT WITH UBER DRIVER
Kalanick chatted to the two women who joined him in the backseat sporadically, telling them when his birthday was and listening to one say she only dates ‘older men’.
He marveled over the Bay Bridge (‘I’m so glad the bay bridge is what it is’) before they came to a stop.
The two women hopped out of the car and he began talking to driver Fawzi Kamel. A transcript of their conversation is below:
TK: Good to see you man, thank you.
FK: Good to see you too. I don’t know if you remember me but it’s fine.
So we are reducing the number of black cars on the system over the next six months.
Yeah it’s good.
Yeah you probably saw it on the email.
I saw the email, it starts in May. It’s all about the rating but you, you’re raising the standard and dropping the prices.
We’re not dropping the price on black cars.
Yeah but in general.
We have to, we have competitors. Otherwise we’d go out of business.
But you have the business model in your hands, you could have the price as you want but you choose to buy everybody a ride.
No, no, you’re misunderstanding. We started high end. We didn’t go low end because we wanted to, we went low end because we had to.
Why? (Because of) Lyft?
That’s a piece of cake right there.
No, it seems like a piece of cake because I’ve beaten them. But if I didn’t do the things I did, we would have been deep (inaudible).
Why? We could go higher and more expensive.
So here’s the thing. Luxe is in San Francisco so I have guys working on Luxe which will be 15 to 17 percent more expensive than black…
But people aren’t trusting you anymore. Do you think people will buy cars anymore? We’ll buy them through Europe and invoice, nobody wants to buy a car. I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you. You keep changing every day.
Hold on a second, what have I changed about black?
You dropped the prices.
We started with $20. How much is the mile now, 2.75?
You know what, some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own s***. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck.
Good luck to you too but I know you’re not going to go far.