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Uber Comes Under Fire After Hiking Up Prices In The Midst Of The Sydney Hostage Crisis — Get The Disgusting Details HERE

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Uber gets called out after raising their prices during the Sydney hostage crisis.

We think we're just gonna call a Lyft next time we need a ride…

Anyone who has ever taken an Uber probably knows that the service has a tendency to hike up their prices at peak hours, meaning you'll be paying BIG bucks if you need to get picked up on a busy night — or a night that's being hit with any kind of unusual weather.

Well rides were in understandably high demand in downtown Sydney on Monday due to the horrific hostage crisis that took place earlier this morning, and Uber saw it as a chance to cash in.

That's right. Scared citizens who were looking to flee the scene found themselves being charged a minimum of $82 and four times the regular rate for a ride.

[ Related: Gunman In Sydney Hostage Situation Reportedly Killed ]

Uber responded to the backlash by saying the "surge pricing" happens automatically to encourage more drivers to pick up passengers, however, this excuse didn't keep people from calling them out for their absurd pricing.

So what did they do to make it all better? Well, they decided to give refunds to everyone who was already charged at higher rates during the hostage situation, and on top of that they offered free rides for anyone else looking to flee the scene.

That's a really nice gesture and all, but if you ask us, the damage is DEFINITELY already done.

Maybe it's time for Uber to rethink this whole, "surge pricing" nonsense.

[Image via AP Images.]

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4 comments to “Uber Comes Under Fire After Hiking Up Prices In The Midst Of The Sydney Hostage Crisis — Get The Disgusting Details HERE”

  1. Jordy says – reply to this


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    You guys are literally a bunch of idiots. And I'm not being catty. Literal fools. Uber works with an algorithm meaning a computer changes to surge when there's a lot of requests. Do you really think someone is siting at a computer in every city Uber runs in and watches a map to see where there's more traffic?

  2. Ceren says – reply to this


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    Why are avoiding the truth in this story? Uber's programme automatically increases prices as the need for drivers increase. When this happened in Australia, Uber messaged all users to tell them that they could take a can for free and Uber would pay for the drivers themselves. Stupid man.

  3. Ceren says – reply to this


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    Re: Jordy – people who write these blog posts are so stupid. Uber actually messaged all users telling them that they would pay for all the drivers just so they could get home safe.

  4. Amata Gallorum says – reply to this


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    Tired of the Uber-bashing. Sad that perezhilton.com can't see this for what it is.