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(C|Net)   "Bird wants people to report poorly parked scooters." Dog still just wants a steak   ( cnet.com) divider line
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475 clicks; posted to Business » on 09 Nov 2018 at 10:35 AM (10 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2018-11-09 09:34:34 AM  
"I have no idea what I'm doing"
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2018-11-09 09:39:20 AM  
what does magic think?
 
2018-11-09 09:41:03 AM  
reposition them into a canal
 
2018-11-09 10:17:02 AM  
I've been nearly run over by people riding those things in downtown Dallas more than once...with city cops just idling by chit chatting...I hate them and think they are public nuisance and safety threat.

/get off my lawn and my rail line stop
 
2018-11-09 10:41:39 AM  
I thought they were only a scourge in hipster coastal cities, but driving around downtown Atlanta over the weekend was crazy. These things were all over the place and often we're just in piles on the street near popular attractions. More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

I almost got run over a couple of times on the sidewalk, too.
 
2018-11-09 11:13:21 AM  

togaman2k: I thought they were only a scourge in hipster coastal cities, but driving around downtown Atlanta over the weekend was crazy. These things were all over the place and often we're just in piles on the street near popular attractions. More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

I almost got run over a couple of times on the sidewalk, too.


Nope, they're everywhere. I live in a small Texas city of about 120k people and we have them here.
 
2018-11-09 11:19:05 AM  
All of the bird scooters are poorly parked.

They are a menace.
 
2018-11-09 11:28:13 AM  

togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.


So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.
 
2018-11-09 11:30:04 AM  
So, if someone happens to leave one of these damn things on my lawn, can I just assume they were littering and toss it in my trash can?
 
2018-11-09 11:35:06 AM  
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2018-11-09 11:36:53 AM  
A couple weeks after these things sprung up in Cleveland like puffballs after a rainstorm, I found one left in the middle of a bike path.  When I picked it up to just move it off into the grass the damn thing shrieked at me.  Don't get me wrong, I love the general idea of readily-available on-demand intra-city personal transport, but we've got to work out a way to keep dickheads from leaving them around like cigarette butts.
 
2018-11-09 11:47:39 AM  
They've been hitting college campuses all over the Midwest since August.

I really want to see how ridiculous these things will be when the heavy snow hits.  We got snowfall with accumulation today, and downtown Ann Arbor is notorious for having crosswalks plowed in.  Good luck getting through frozen slush with 5" diameter, 1" wide wheels (driven by a high-torque electric motor, no less).  Or trying to take a 90 degree corner at speed.  Anybody trying to use one of those in winter better be prepared for a broken arm or collarbone.

And it will be hilarious to see abandoned ones resurface from the piles of snow and ice in Spring, like long-forgotten dog turds.
 
2018-11-09 12:21:17 PM  

togaman2k: I thought they were only a scourge in hipster coastal cities, but driving around downtown Atlanta over the weekend was crazy. These things were all over the place and often we're just in piles on the street near popular attractions. More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

I almost got run over a couple of times on the sidewalk, too.


It's not even just downtown.  Inman Park is lousy with them.  They're all over Decatur.  I saw several in Toco Hills even.
 
2018-11-09 12:23:03 PM  
Apparently they were all over South Park for Halloween...
 
2018-11-09 12:26:00 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.


No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.
 
2018-11-09 12:35:03 PM  

FrancoFile: They've been hitting college campuses all over the Midwest since August.

I really want to see how ridiculous these things will be when the heavy snow hits.  We got snowfall with accumulation today, and downtown Ann Arbor is notorious for having crosswalks plowed in.  Good luck getting through frozen slush with 5" diameter, 1" wide wheels (driven by a high-torque electric motor, no less).  Or trying to take a 90 degree corner at speed.  Anybody trying to use one of those in winter better be prepared for a broken arm or collarbone.

And it will be hilarious to see abandoned ones resurface from the piles of snow and ice in Spring, like long-forgotten dog turds.


The rumor was in Minneapolis that they would be removed for winter - it was snowing and 24 degrees this am, not winter yet I guess.
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2018-11-09 01:01:27 PM  

mcmnky: To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.

No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.


My point exactly.

They just dropped these things off and don't care about the infrastructure. A respectable company would have at least tried to install storage infrastructure to keep them from looking trashy.
 
2018-11-09 01:23:07 PM  

togaman2k: mcmnky: To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.

No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.

My point exactly.

They just dropped these things off and don't care about the infrastructure. A respectable company would have at least tried to install storage infrastructure to keep them from looking trashy.


Yeah, but they won't do that. Their business model depends on externalizing those costs. 'Externalize' is a fancy word for 'getting someone else to pay for it.'

How long do you think uber would stay in business if they paid for the cars? My guess, about as long as these scooter companies would last if they had to pay for things like racks or other places for these things to live other than on public property.

And the answer is nothing. It's not that these companies wouldn't last, they wouldn't exist.
 
2018-11-09 01:50:11 PM  

mcmnky: togaman2k: mcmnky: To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.

No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.

My point exactly.

They just dropped these things off and don't care about the infrastructure. A respectable company would have at least tried to install storage infrastructure to keep them from looking trashy.

Yeah, but they won't do that. Their business model depends on externalizing those costs. 'Externalize' is a fancy word for 'getting someone else to pay for it.'

How long do you think uber would stay in business if they paid for the cars? My guess, about as long as these scooter companies would last if they had to pay for things like racks or other places for these things to live other than on public property.

And the answer is nothing. It's not that these companies wouldn't last, they wouldn't exist.


Don't they pay people to take the things home and recharge them?  God, I wish I could come up with a business model centered around absolute minimum effort.
 
2018-11-09 01:52:52 PM  

Douggernaut: mcmnky: togaman2k: mcmnky: To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.

No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.

My point exactly.

They just dropped these things off and don't care about the infrastructure. A respectable company would have at least tried to install storage infrastructure to keep them from looking trashy.

Yeah, but they won't do that. Their business model depends on externalizing those costs. 'Externalize' is a fancy word for 'getting someone else to pay for it.'

How long do you think uber would stay in business if they paid for the cars? My guess, about as long as these scooter companies would last if they had to pay for things like racks or other places for these things to live other than on public property.

And the answer is nothing. It's not that these companies wouldn't last, they wouldn't exist.

Don't they pay people to take the things home and recharge them?  God, I wish I could come up with a business model centered around absolute minimum effort.


Yeah, but fark already exists.

/$5 a month and I get to apply the stories and the comments?
 
2018-11-09 01:53:48 PM  
//I don't get paid to preview
 
2018-11-09 02:27:12 PM  

mcmnky: togaman2k: mcmnky: To The Escape Zeppelin!: togaman2k: More often than not, though, they are left in the bike racks so cyclists have to move them to lock up their bikes.

So your complaint is that people are politely putting the scooters out of pedestrians' way and using the bike rack? Sounds like you need to get more bike racks, not eliminate scooters.

No, sounds like the scooter company needs to put out scooter racks.

My point exactly.

They just dropped these things off and don't care about the infrastructure. A respectable company would have at least tried to install storage infrastructure to keep them from looking trashy.

Yeah, but they won't do that. Their business model depends on externalizing those costs. 'Externalize' is a fancy word for 'getting someone else to pay for it.'

How long do you think uber would stay in business if they paid for the cars? My guess, about as long as these scooter companies would last if they had to pay for things like racks or other places for these things to live other than on public property.

And the answer is nothing. It's not that these companies wouldn't last, they wouldn't exist.


Yeah, these companies won't last.  Their "product" is outright dangerous to both riders and pedestrians and there's no way their model will allow them to be profitable since people will continue to trash them.  Much like municipalities are starting to regulate Uber, there will be legislation as these companies continue to shiat all over the municipalities they enter.  Fark you, Bird.
 
2018-11-09 02:38:31 PM  
farking pay me and I might report your wayward scooters.
 
2018-11-09 03:04:12 PM  
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2018-11-09 05:27:04 PM  
So what happens when someone just drives up the curb and crushes a bunch of them because it's a loading zone?
 
2018-11-09 05:45:45 PM  

Bluenosed Baker: So what happens when someone just drives up the curb and crushes a bunch of them because it's a loading zone?


"creative destruction"
 
2018-11-10 09:39:22 PM  
For a for-profit company they certainly expect all of us to do a lot of their shiat for them.

How does "No" sound? It isn't my desire nor my job to participate in your for-profit business for you.
 
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