Uber has been going through quite a bit of grief after arriving on the scene a few years back and absolutely changing our lives in terms of transportation and with the latest bit of scandal I reckon things aren’t getting any better for them in the immediate future. Adding to the latest drama around the several questions around ethics and exploitation Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was captured on video in a ride in an Uber Black driven by Fawzi Kamel.
Most of the video features Kalanick and two girls jamming to Maroon5 and chatting about star signs until Kamel starts to question the CEO about Uber and some of his gripes around working for the brand leading to a rather unfavourable response.
Watch the full video below or check out a transcript of the convo below:
Kamel: You’re raising the standards, and you’re dropping the prices.
People are not trusting you any more. I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you… you keep changing every day.
Kalanick: Prices haven’t fallen on Uber Black – that’s bullshit.
Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit.
They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck.
Yeesh. Since then Kalanick has issued the following apology:
To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement.
My job as your leader is to lead… and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away.
It’s clear this video is a reflection of me – and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.
This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.