More trouble for Uber: CEO's taped argument with driver highlights workers' concerns

AFP  Getty Images		Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick

AFP Getty Images Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick

The quarrel started when Kamel argued with Kalanick for "raising the standards" while "dropping the prices".

"Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own (expletive)", Kalanick says in the video before getting out of the vehicle.

When Travis Kalanick, chief executive officer of Uber, was caught on tape berating one of the drivers for his company this month, he didn't waste any time apologizing for his actions in a remarkably candid statement.

Kalanick used the post on Uber's website to admit that he needs leadership help.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick received an unexpected tip from an unhappy employee.

If Uber is seeking to blame Rigetti for the resurgence of the #DeleteUber movement, it also suggests that the account deletions may have hit the company harder than its spokespersons have admitted. Uber has had an eventful past few months.

Lyft said its ridership and driver applications have grown significantly since the first of the year, while Fasten, a smaller ride-hailing competitor in Boston and Austin, Texas, said its business has boomed since the "Delete Uber" campaign started in late January.

Man kicked off flight after inflammatory racist remarks
It was Megan Lyn's Facebook video of the incident that went viral, according to Dallas News . Seconds later, a flight attendant asks him to gather his belongings and get off the plane.

Uber under Kalanick has been no stranger to negative headlines, embodying, according to some, the best and worst of the entrepreneurial spirit - brash and inventive but prone to controversy. "That is not what I did, and it can not be explained away", Kalanick wrote, in a message later posted online.

Then, a viral blog post by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler related stories of rampant sexual harassment and human relations bungling within the organization.

Kalanick: You know what? He announced his plan to join Uber in January, saying he would work closely with Kalanick on the company's self-driving auto program.

And the company has even faced some criticism from a key ally: the mayor of Pittsburgh, who has said the city is getting little in return for opening its streets to Uber's self-driving vehicle tests. I lost United States dollars 97,000 because of you. Uber increased commissions from its drivers from 20 percent to 25 percent while refusing to increase its fares. (This list still exists today, denoting which cars drivers can use for UberBlack and UberX, though some cars can cross categories.) For the rider, a trip in an Uber in 2011 cost about 1.5 times as much money as a ride in a regular cab. "This kind of creeping surveillance showing up everywhere has the potential to cause some psychological issues as the ability to put up healthy boundaries and decide what to share disappear", she said.

An Uber spokesperson claimed that the message about Fowler only went to a small handful of users and was created to target those who indicated they were deleting the app because of Fowler's story.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, an engineering executive, Amit Singhal, was forced to leave Uber five weeks after his appointment had been announced.