Uber driver reportedly strands woman in labor, charges her $13

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 6:34 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 6:34 PM

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David Lee acted fast when his wife was in labor.

He grabbed her overnight bag, called their birthing coach, and called an Uber to take them from their Manhattan apartment to the hospital.

But when his wife, who did not want to be named, vomited on the sidewalk before entering the Uber, the driver refused to take him to the hospital.

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Lee told Fortune.com that he and his wife’s birthing coach promised the driver his wife wouldn’t get sick again. If she did, they would pay for any cleaning fees.

But the driver still refused, saying he would lose $1,000 a day if Lee’s wife got sick in the car and he had to wait for it to be cleaned.

Lee said the driver told them no other Uber drivers would take a woman in labor as a passenger.

The driver then drove off and charged Lee and his wife $13 for the time he lost while speaking to them.

“I don’t blame Uber for one driver’s poor actions, since bad apples can appear in any organization, but I do think that when a company has a culture of bullying their way past laws and regulations, as Uber seems to do, they begin to think they can act with impunity in anything,” Lee said.

Ultimately, Lee, a lawyer, complained to Uber and was refunded the $13. His wife made it safely to the hospital in another Uber and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“Uber should have clarified their policies on drivers and women in labor, and confirmed that the driver received appropriate disciplinary action,” Lee said. “I’m fortunate enough to know my rights and have access to resources, but I feel for the person who is not as lucky.”

Emily Martin of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., said it is illegal for New York drivers to refuse service to women in labor.

“Uber drivers are bound by the same public accommodation laws that prohibit New York City taxi drivers and car services from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy when deciding who they will pick up,” she said. “Those laws are a good thing, as they help ensure that not many babies end up being born on New York City sidewalks.”

In a statement, Uber said, “Denying service to a passenger in labor is unacceptable. It goes against our code of conduct and the standard of service our riders rely on. We extend our deepest apologies to both riders and have taken action to respond to this complaint. We are glad that the rider’s next driver was professional and courteous.”

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM


            DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield and at least one first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:




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Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with Anthony Davis and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans.

The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center.

Here’s what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:

“Two incidents in particular – an expletive-laced remark Cousins made about Golden State after Sacramento’s overtime win over the Warriors on Feb. 6 and the astonishing 17th technical foul this season, and resulting one-game suspension, against New Orleans on Feb. 12 – have caused Ranadive to have serious concerns about tethering the franchise to Cousins long term.”


Whether Cousins remains in New Orleans following next season, the last on his current contract, remains to be seen.

'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM


            'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Thousands of protesters are expected to spend their day off Monday to take to the streets in protest of President Donald Trump.

The “Not My Presidents Day” rallies are planned in several cities, including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to NBC News.

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“While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people,” Nova Calise, one of the organizers of New York event, told USA Today.

Sparked by plans for a Presidents Day demonstration in Los Angeles, organizers collaborated for about three weeks to plan their own.

"We want to fight the entirety of the administration," Laura Hartman, Chicago rally coordinator, told NBC News.

Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM


            Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Washington D.C. is getting ready to say goodbye to adorable panda Bao Bao. 

Bao Bao was born in August 2013 and is part of the National Zoo's partnership with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

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“There is a loan agreement,” National Zoo animal keeper Marty Dearie told FOX DC. “Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, her parents, are here on loan, and that loan agreement stipulates that any cub we have is required to go to China. They can stay here up until they are four years old. She is three and a half years old. It is right in the perfect time for her to head back.”

It's a long flight to China for Bao Bao - 16 hours total. Since she loves bamboo, caretakers are arranging to take 50 pounds of it, along with sweet potatoes and apples.

The zoo has planned a week of celebratory events to say goodbye to Bao Bao. 

Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM


            Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Blue-eyed, blond and unassuming, a talking child’s doll is susceptible to hackers and could be used as a surveillance device, German officials say.

The “My Friend Cayla” doll can talk and answer questions, it can also be used to collect personal information by recording private conversations through an insecure Bluetooth connection, according to the Federal Network Agency, which enforces a surveillance ban in Germany.

"The Cayla doll is banned in Germany," Jochen Homann, agency head, said in a release. "This is also about protecting the weakest members of society."

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The toy uses voice recognition software and can by synced to the Internet through a smartphone or other electronic device.

Because of its history under fascist and communist rule, Germany has strict laws protecting citizens from data collection.

While the toy has been removed from shelves in Germany, the company still has a website for sales of the doll in Germany. The toymaker has not released a statement on the ban.