Another rideshare driver faces an uncertain career status after defending himself with a handgun against an aggressive knife wielding rider. This is due to the fact that the two chief alternative to taxi cab tech industry consortiums have sided with the narrative of the gun control lobby in terminating contract employees for the simple act of carrying or defending themselves on the job. What does this mean status of the entire tech-influenced transportation industry?
Casting away legal rights in the frenetic environment of negotiating, probably down, the pulsating late-night bar hookup ladder smacking of desperation in jettisoning any remains of dignity or self-respect, is as simple as downloading a mainstream app. When hailing a cab dissolves into an arcane ceremony of futility, the now ancient ceremony of exchanging cash for a safe ride, the savagely insatiable of the piranhas of Uber and Lyft are perpetually “there”, at just right moment to graciously assist the transmutation of quaint intoxicated carnal dreams into listless memories that probably fail to transcend time.
Measured in quantum moments forged by the presence of neural plasma sparked by billions of years of biological engineering, the anomaly created by the decision to install the app, and combined with the discerning glare of the driver waiting to determine if the seat belt being utilized, screams a plausible arduous and ugly uphill battle for the passenger. Once the rideshare vehicle begins the trip both the customer and driver are left in a precarious legal bizarro world of unrelenting purgatory, and the ride share behemoths assume minimal accountability, thanks to the infamous Silicon Valley created “Terms and Conditions” that are aligned with the hellfires of pure evil.
While operators are trained to specifically note if a passenger dons a seat belt, that is where the safety concerns begin and end for the digital livery corporations, as the incessant pivoting and squirming prevents the individual from filing a lawsuit in relation to accidents or worse, and the driver is left in a unenviable quandary as company policy offers attenuated latitude for mishaps, and absolutely zero tolerance for reasonable expectations of self-defense. While, the brethren of the cab industry are highly regulated, heavily taxed, license and bonded, and the majority of drivers carry a weapon of some kind as common sense dictates, the gall of the Uber and Lyft to skirt the rules and compromise safety to optimize profits is only overshadowed by local governments enabling the tech realm to operate with limited regulations. Couple the unsettling notion of hybrid swarms engulfing large cities, with the live and reckless testing of self-driving vehicles, and the tomorrowland nightmare of vanquished autonomy is chilling prelude to total control.
As the recent series of self-driving vehicle tragedies has dwindled thanks to some form of legislative intervention, incidents involving violent passengers remains steady. Even the iconic “Johnny Cab” navigating the exploding and foreboding maniacal science fiction death trap of Total Recall roadways on earth and off-world would certainly not approve of a buffed future California governor going unarmed.
The intolerantly strict rules and regulations banning firearms within the ride share infrastructure, continues to severely limit drivers and passengers from executing reasonable self-defense measures, and beckon criminals to the contrived “gun-free” zone on the highways, like clouds of Everglade nocturnal flying insect critters to the porch light. In this case, simply the headlights and company logos affixed to the vehicle allow crooks to make an easy decision that will probably not result in fatality. Ironically, many workers in the tech sector are passionate Second Amendment supporters, but as a result of indoctrinating corporate culture, are wary to publicly identify as thus, for fear of severe consequences administered by middle management.
In the most recent case of a Lyft driver sacrificing a ride share career for life, a Florida man pulled out his firearm, after an overtly aggressive passenger made threatening gestures with a knife. Authorities believe that the swift actions of the driver prevented tragedy in the wake of the deranged rider attempting to take control of the vehicle. For his efforts in giving himself at least one more beautiful day on this planet and putting a violent individual behind bars, the man will probably be terminated from his independent contractor status with Lyft. As aforementioned, both ride share conglomerates have set an implacable and insufferable precedent in firing associates, rather than showing support for drivers and or even passengers exercising self-defense rights. The paltry commitment to overall safety concerns and adherence to constitutional freedoms is beyond reproach and completely nonsensical towards safety and progress.
As firearms ownership and culture continues to be stigmatized by the mainstream press and Silicon Valley leadership, suitable policy set by corporations over employee rules, regulations, and conduct, is the a very crucial development as the apex of the information age looms. A culmination of ideas intermixing AI, where individuals rights can be lost in the shuffle of innovation, and traditional rights ruled obsolete.
In pushing for driverless technology as the end game to effectively monetizing the freeways, and lobbying against gun rights, the tech industry is making an undeniable statement towards stealing the liberties of citizens, and folks need to realize just what they are dealing with, before the real damage is done. For the sake of sanity and safety, it is up to the consumer to find alternative transportation solutions until the Uber and Lyft decide to get with the program and emphasize safety, and not ideology.
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