An Uber vehicle in Paris has been attacked in Paris. There were two passengers being transported from the airport to Paris. Kat Borlongan, one of the passengers, wrote a tweet about the attack. The other passenger was Eventbrite CTO Renaud Visage. Visage had a 20 hour flight right before the event.
Cab drivers tried to get inside the vehicle. They broke a window and flattened the tire. They also defaced the Uber car with glue. The driver got to safety and changed the tire on the freeway. The passengers were taken home after that.
Attackers tried to get in the car but our brave @uber driver maneuvered us to safety, changed the tire on the freeway and got us home.
— Kat Borlongan (@KatBorlongan) January 13, 2014
Uber France general manager Pierre-Dimitry Gore Coty said this in a statement:
Uber strongly condemns this morning?s incident where two of our users and our driver were confronted with severe violence.
First, we are very glad all involved are safe and ok. Also, we would like to praise our partner who has shown great courage and professionalism, who focused on getting his customers out of a very challenging situation.
That the taxis chose to use violence is unacceptable, that they chose to strike is their business. However, Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their cities, and today?s incident will certainly not tempt Parisians into choosing a taxi for their next ride. Safety, reliability and choice, not violence, are what continues to draw customers towards VTCs.
Attaqué par les taxis parisiens ce matin dans notre @Uber: jet de pierre, vitre arrière brisée, pneu creuvé, crachats pic.twitter.com/N9UMO248Yw
— Renaud Visage (@renaudvisage) January 13, 2014