Having raised money at a mind-numbingly bubblicious $40 billion valuation this week (which as a reminder is triple the value of the entire NYC tax medallion business), we thought the pushback from the world's tax-driving unions was at least worth noting as they resist 'disruption'. Nowhere is that pushback more evident than in Greece, where as KeepTalkingGreece reports, the President of Attica Taxi Association (SATA) said that taxi drivers cooperating with Uber “should be hanged at Syntagma Square” for being traitors.
Unprecedented! In an apparent outburst of uncontrolled brain cells, the President of Attica Taxi Association (SATA) said that taxi drivers cooperating with Uber “should be hanged at Syntagma Square” for being traitors – “Judas” as he called them characteristically. President Thymios Lymebropoulos uploaded his threats on the Facebook page of SATA on December 2nd 2014.
“Thymios Lymberopoulos, the outspoken president of Attica’s taxi federation, on Thursday declared that any cab drivers found to be working with international ridesharing service Uber, which recently extended its operations to Greece, should be “hanged.”
“Any cabbies who betray the taxi, like modern-day Judases, for 30 pieces of silver, should be hanged,” Lymberopoulos wrote in comments on his Facebook profile page. “The war has just begun,” he wrote, adding that all taxi owners should keep their eye on drivers renting their vehicles.
“The driver may be passing through the profession and might not care about tomorrow,” the federation chief said and warned against “allowing every opportunist to play with and undermine our wealth and our profession.” (ekatimerini, protothema)
During a promotion meeting of Uber with new cooperating taxi drivers on Thursday, Lymperopoulos and some other SATA unionists entered the hall, created some tension and police was called in to diffuse the tension. Lymperopoulos got the data of two Uber co-workers and is apparently preparing to file a law suit.
Apart form the law suit and the “hanging threats, the war SATA has declared against Uber includes also the expulsion of Uber-drivers from the Association.
Controversial ridesharing company Uber that has triggered strong reactions by professional taxi-drivers around the world, launched its Athens service last Tuesday.
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If only the Greeks were so vociferous against their true nemeses - the Brussels-based antagonists...