I told you before that they (cue scary music) would not stop until Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was jobless. I told you that his collaboration with President Trump was considered unforgivable by the intolerant left.
I would not lie to you. Now a video has surfaced of Kalanick loudly arguing with an Uber driver on Super Bowl Sunday.
It’s funny that the video was made three weeks ago, and turned over to Bloomberg, then published now. It’s also funny (in a coincidental way) that the dashboard video was made by a driver–Fawzi Kamel–who had a definite beef against Kalanick, and waited until the ride was over and he got the CEO by himself to pounce.
After a rather civil conversation, the driver pushed Kalanick’s buttons and said he lost $97,000 because of the CEO.
Kamel: “But people are not trusting you anymore. … I lost $97,000 because of you. I’m bankrupt because of you. Yes, yes, yes. You keep changing every day. You keep changing every day.”
Kalanick: “Hold on a second, what have I changed about Black? What have I changed?”
Kamel: “You changed the whole business. You dropped the prices.”
Kalanick: “On black?”
Kamel: “Yes, you did.”
Kalanick begins to lose his temper. “Bullshit,” he says.
Kamel: “We started with $20.”
Kamel: “We started with $20. How much is the mile now, $2.75?”
Kalanick: “You know what?”
Kalanick: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!”
Kamel: “Good luck to you, but I know [you’re not] going to go far.”
It appears Kamel’s words are about to come to pass.
In an email to staff Tuesday after publication of this story, Kalanick apologized to Kamel for treating him disrespectfully. “To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement,” Kalanick wrote. “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.”
I have to believe that there’s more than this. I’m sure there’s a whole treasure trove of damaging stuff that Kalanick’s detractors have sitting around, waiting to release to the press. Staff problems, sexual innuendoes (mentioned in the Bloomberg piece), and other issues will plague Kalanick until he quits.
My advice to him: just quit now and get it over with. Move on to something else, and keep your Uber stock. The company will do very well, but there’s got to be a liberal at the helm who passes the purity test. You clearly failed to #Resist.
They won’t stop until he’s gone.