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Fayetteville: Taxicabs über alles?

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The “Freedom! Liberty! I’m too damn cheap to pay for a regular taxi!” crowd may feel some pity for the two (and possibly more at this point) “ride-sharing” drivers involved with Uber who have been given tickets by the Fayetteville Police Department.

Some - who may not have yet mastered the Google Machine - may just see businesses which offer apps for your phone connecting those who need a ride with willing drivers the latest in tech evolution, but just a little research into the matter will show that more than a few woman who have taken advantage of such opportunities have in turn been sexually assaulted.

Other passengers have ben robbed by drivers.

And, of course, there have been drivers who have been robbed by folks who have gotten in touch with them with the express purpose of taking their money.

But it is the sexual assault aspect which should give us all pause, even if the cases are the exception, rather than the rule.

Why?

Well, because of this . . . while folks might call this service - or taxis in general - because they don’t have access to a car, they are just as likely to call because they are in no condition to drive.

They are vulnerable.

And that simple reason alone is why we should not allow ride-sharing services in the New York City of the Ozarks.

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