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Truckloads of JUMP Bikes Are Being Destroyed During a Nationwide Shortage

JUMP, a bike-and-scooter share startup sold to Uber in 2018, operates in 37 cities around the world, including 18 in the U.S., according to the company's website. Under pressure to pursue profitability, Uber dumped JUMP onto Lime, another micromobility company with operations in 114 cities around the world, in a complicated deal earlier this month that resulted in Uber taking a larger share in Lime. The fate of JUMP and its distinctive red bikes and scooters was unclear until the videos of the crushers began to surface. [...]

An Uber spokesperson said,"We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes, but [ we decided that we just didn't give a shit. ]"



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10 Responses:

  1. Ah, the sweet, sweet sound of Venture Capital being turned into a tax write-off.

  2. Hey, at least they'll go into the bearded hippies tech truck.

  3. tfb says:

    If they gave them away people would use them instead of the ones they have to pay for. That would never do. This is why I am careful to burn all the books I no longer want rather than any of that silly 'giving them to charity' nonsense. As a bonus burning them increases the amount of nourishing CO2 in the atmosphere. It's really a win-win strategy.

  4. margaret says:

    something useful, like crude oil, instead of livestock, milk, or cheap transportation, even when the price goes negative they dare not waste it.

  5. Eric says:

    Don't worry, there will soon be a pile of cars next to the bikes thanks to the Hertz bankruptcy.

    • Pinback says:

      That the carmakers own the rental agencies, and use them as a dumping ground for models that don't sell well, is that something generally know or acknowledged?

  6. J. Peterson says:

    Dumping the crushed bikes into a Free Open Source Software truck is some sort of punchline, right?

  7. Steve Coffman says:

    I find it ironic that the dumptruck being used is labeled "FOSS". Like Uber using Free and Open Source Software for destructive purposes without contributing back. Not that any company would ever do that.

  8. tobias says:

    My theory is we'd all mostly be in space already but for this kind of behaviour, but I can't prove my stupid theories.

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