Uber has been under fire today after the ride sharing app put prices up in Sydney following the alleged terrorist hostage crisis in the city. The app raised prices in the Sydney area before quickly backtracking.
Prices were raised up to 4 times the normal rate, according to the BBC. The company responded to the backlash by refunding some customers and offering free rides out of the Sydney central business district. They also tweeted that the price hike was to encourage more drivers to get in the area to help people get home.
Uber Sydney trips from CBD will be free for riders. Higher rates are still in place to encourage drivers to get into the CBD.
— Uber Sydney (@Uber_Sydney) December 15, 2014
“We are all concerned with the events happening in Sydney. Uber Sydney will be providing free rides out of the CBD to help Sydneysiders get home safely. Our thoughts are with those affected and the NSW Police Force. We are in the process of refunding rides.” – Uber.
Source: BBC News