Friday, April 25, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! BATTLE FOR TAXI INDUSTRY CONTROL ON KANSAS CITY STREETS TONIGHT!!! LYFT SEEMINGLY READY TO DEFY CITY HALL!!!



Warmer weather, lack of cash and Springtime tradition promise to make this Kansas City weekend interesting but tonight we're BREAKING NEWS on a civic dust-up that's shaping up this evening.

To wit . . .

WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT RIDE-SHARE SERVICE LYFT IS PREPARED TO DEFY KANSAS CITY RULES AND REGS IN ORDER TO OPERATE!!! NOW THE BATTLE FOR TAXI INDUSTRY CONTROL RAGES ON LOCAL STREETS AND IN THE MEDIA!!!

Here's a screen cap from a local Lyft-affiliated social media denizen offering a look at their strategy tonight . . .



Even better . . .

THE KANSAS CITY TRANSPORTATION GROUP LAUNCHES A FULL COURT PRESS MOCKING LYFT AND TOUTING THEIR NEW Z TRIP SERVICE!!!

THEY HAVE A BUNCH OF IMAGES BUT THIS "MUSTACHE RIDE" CLOWNING IS MY FAVE:



Now . . .

CHECK THIS QUOTE FROM A KANSAS CITY INSIDER TAKING ON LYFT AND WARNING OF IMPENDING PROBLEMS WITH THE SERVICE ON LOCAL STREETS TONIGHT!!!

Here's the word:

"The more you dig into it the stinkier it gets. They were warned last night by KCPD that they were violating the law. The person from Lyft said, don't worry about it, We will pay your fines. Have you ever seen a company come in and just outwardly break the laws and say, we defy anything you to do anything about it?"

This is just one of many fights brewing this evening in Kansas City but we're taking notice here because it's the Internets pretty much thumbing their nose @ City Hall, Regulated Industries and even police. So we'll be watching to see how it works out for them.

UPDATE LINKS . . .

- KCTV5: Taxi drivers unhappy over new ride sharing program

- FOX4KC: New ride-sharing service, Lyft, on city’s radar

- KSHB: Lyft faces possible legal trouble in KC

Developing . . .

48 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Somalians don't use Lyft, do they?

Anonymous said...

It's not a livery company per se, it's private individuals giving rides. thus, the laws don't apply. Works great where I live!

Also people don't give two shits about this topic. They really don't....just so you know.

Anonymous said...

Lyft is just another internet scam. Great way to get raped.

Hyperblogal said...

Funny how big business people tout the value of competition until they actually have some.

Ethos said...

The Internet will get you raped? Not exactly a first.

Anonymous said...

Everyone in KC knows. You gotta go to City Hall and pay your "lug". Right, Bill?

Anonymous said...

Lyft has $325 Million in venture capital funding. 10 employees. They can't afford to pay fees.

Anonymous said...

KCPD working for Bill George? and u wonder why Kc is so fucked up?

Anonymous said...

Columbus Ohio sued Lyft Wed. Appears techies may actually have to start earning a real living in the near future. Now that people are waking up to their bullshit.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to work. I want to get on stage, wave my hands, and tell people how groovy everything will be in the future if they buy my app. Then of course, drinks after.

Anonymous said...

This could be fun. Let's see how many Lyft cars we can help the police pull over. How bout a report a Lyft violator twitter site?

Anonymous said...

"We'll issue citations until they run out of drivers"

There ya go. Help pay some of Power and Lights debts!

Anonymous said...

Will they get to their IPO before it all falls apart? So investors can make out like bandits?

Anonymous said...

My stock market feeds have been flashing red on and off for weeks on my smart phone. I may need this service at some point soon. To look for work.

Lyft Me Balls said...

Looks like they are gonna get lyfted right oit of the kcmo market.

Anonymous said...

Probably ordering all their drivers to remove the mustaches and work anyway. Live the lie and bark about how successful things are.

Anonymous said...

Wow, lots of taxi drivers on here tonight. Not sure why there is an issue with lyft. Seems like a good idea.

Anonymous said...

You need to use Facebook log in, the new Government ID to use the app I understand.

Anonymous said...

Seems like a good idea

LMAO yeah right. "Seems"

Anonymous said...

Just reported a Lfyt car to PD. Car full of stupid looking 20 something idiots bouncing around inside it.

Anonymous said...

One fucker down more to go!

Report Lyft!

Anonymous said...

One fucker down

LMAO

Anonymous said...

Good work. You are a loyal American. I am proud of your devotion to the taxi industry.

Anonymous said...

Omaha PSC Commissioner to Uber, Lyft: Follow the rules or leave

Anonymous said...

Two fuckers down!!

This is easy. Send em packing back to San Fran Land

Anonymous said...

Undercover in PA has been knocking em off like hotcakes. It's really easy.

Anonymous said...

Lyft doesn't tell it's "drivers" it's technically illegal. Companies like Lyft are banned in Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Austin and Portland. Lyft recently hired two boutique Washington lobbying firms to fight back.

Anonymous said...

Fight back?

LMAO!

Anonymous said...

Just Google Lyft sued to learn how universally popular this outfit is.

Anonymous said...

Chicago news team finds numerous drivers slip through Uber's background checks. The news station also recruited a “reformed California criminal” with a rap sheet about a mile long to apply online to be an Uber driver. And guess what? She was approved.

Anonymous said...

Oh and Uber is supposed to be much higher quality than Lyft. That's not encouraging.

Anonymous said...

Hyperblogal @ 6:07 = GENIUS!!!!!

Up next....
Kids cannot mow their neighbors lawns without getting a city business license and paying fees.

Sorry Girl Scouts and your cookie sales, that's illegal soliciting!

The City MUST control everything!

Inquiring minds want to know, did the Mayor's rapper-wannabe son have a business license when performing in public?

Anonymous said...

Some hideous looking snatch has a petition going for this begging Sly to help Lyft.

Anonymous said...

That's the startup village people, the dumb ass chick and her drunk idiot boss Marcus.

Matthew Marcus FAIRWAY, KS
Relax Big Brother. It's just a ride in a car. We don't need you protecting our best interests in this matter, thank you. Bring on the pink mustache rides!



Anonymous said...

But what does the 'cum guy' think of Lyft?

Anonymous said...

It's all because of the toy train. It could hurt business before it ever begins.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. If people want to car pool, that is all fine and good. If you want to car pool and pay someone for a ride that is all fine and good. If you meet this person via a non-commercial site, such as craigslist, facebook, chat room, or twitter that is all fine and good. Throw in a commercial business for setting up car pooling and that doesn't seem so good. You are no longer car pooling with someone you met on the computer. You can no longer say this is your friend and just going in the car together. You don't know this person, you have never chatted with them, you are now giving taxable money exchanged for services rendered, and that sure as heck isn't car pooling with some friend you met on the computer. You are then entering a legal environment with a ton of requirements that only make sense to people that do rules stuff like that for a living. I assume all these rules are in place to protect people from harm, fraud, and crime. I don't see any difference between this and an illegal taxi. My biggest, very biggest problem is they are actively encouraging people to violate the laws. There is no way in heck any big company with as much funding as lyft (also horrible name f.y.i.) would encourage anykind or liabilities or this sort of behavior. This is a huge mess with insurance. Ask any taxi driver if they are worried about getting murdered or stabbed. They have a good reason to be worried. This kind of service is dangerous because it depends on passenger and driver acting sane, which in KC right now, is not in good supply. This sure as heck isn't car pooling, this is just a bad idea. A novel idea, but don't support firms that encourage problems with the po-po.

Anonymous said...

This story is the biggest crock of unverified mansy pansy bullshit I have seen in decades. If lyft is operating illegallu then so is the federal government which requires it's employees to use their personal cars all the time. If lyft is illegal then there are scores of non-profits giving people rides all over town that are in violation too. Instead of kissing ass why doesn't the local media conduct an unbiased investigation before they set out to sick the dogs on someone and spin the truth into a lie.

Fucking Kansas City and their petty bullshit. If you want to stop something illegal look into the shit that is going on at the county legislature and city commission....if you can find two reporters in this town with the balls to go up against the big league instead of crawling in bed with the money and the power.

Anonymous said...

Let's see if these Lyft techies will go over into the 59th and Prospect area for a ride? They are in it to cherry pick the cab cos better trips while not paying for commercial insurance and being background checked. For once Bill George is right. It's a cab company.

Anonymous said...

How much revenue does the taxicab industry generate for City Hall?

And how much revenue does the taxicab industry generate for Bill George, who in turn feeds some of it back to local politicos?

Anthony Bruno said...

I would much rather have my wife called a cunt by a professional cab driver than to ride in a car with a silly pink mustache.

Anonymous said...

What does Mayor Sly think about Lyft? Or Super Cindi Pro Tem? Or ANY of the local elected officials for that matter? Let's hear from the City's political leadership!!!

Anonymous said...

What is with the stupid hipster mustache on the cars? Fuck that shit is stupid!

Anonymous said...

Lyft made a tactical errror. They should have asked for subsidies, tax abatements, etc. and greased a few palms. That's the Kansas City way of doing bidness.

Anonymous said...

This will be a very good test of how "innovative" and "creative" KCMO government really is.
All the superficial hipster crap and rah rah are one thing, but serious money in the local taxi business is something entirely different and the insiders aren't going to sit still for any actual competition.
They'll be intense scrutiny by the owned electeds and these new services will be strangled in their cribs.
Bow ties, yes. Mustaches, no.

Anonymous said...

7:05am - right on target.

Anonymous said...

why would a woman wan to get in a stranger's gypsy cab that has an oral sex joke on the front bumber?

Try out TURGID COCK CAB COMPANY 1.50 for the first mile, 1.25 each additional mile

Anonymous said...

Far from being a democratic revolution in distributed capital, the sharing economy is just one more pipe by which capital is sucked (lyfted) upwards and inwards into ever-fewer hands.