|Uber may be everyone's private driver, but taxi drivers' biggest nightmare|
While the Parisians just shrugged, as strikes are a normal occurrence, the rest of us had to schlepp our luggage to from the airport to the commuter train to get into town.
New York City recently temporarily gave up trying to cap the number of Uber vehicles in the Big Apple for a four-month trial period, while in Hong Kong, taxi drivers are kicking up a fuss.
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Except with Uber, you can rate your driver and if there's a problem, there's remedial action taken. And also they take credit card payment, something standard in places like New York City.
My uncle told me he and his friend dined in a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui and afterwards his friend used Uber for the first time to get a ride home. To his astonishment, a red taxi showed up within five minutes. Sounds like the taxi driver wants the best of both worlds.
Many expatriates -- a large number of them take taxis daily -- are happy to see Uber here. They are tired of drivers having a cigarette smoke smell in the car, or putting up with the seemingly arrogant attitude, or late at night choosing their customers by only rolling down their windows to see how far potential customers need to go.
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