Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s net worth is $US6.3 billion ($8 billion), but all that wonderful cash can’t buy you a better personality. There’s a video to prove it: Bloomberg obtained footage of Kalanick getting into a heated argument with an Uber driver.
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Uber is having an absolutely miserable year, from high-profile sexual harassment allegations to an astoundingly successful boycott campaign against them. Pour one out for Uber's beleaguered press team as you watch this video of Kalanick, who life has blessed with unimaginable riches, yelling at a human in need:
The video, recorded by driver Fawzi Kamel, shows Kalanick sitting between two women. About four minutes in, his lady friends exit the car and Kamel strikes up conversation with Kalanick.
Right off the bat, the conversation is tense. Kalanick tells Kamel that Uber had to lower prices or they would be out of business:
Kalanick: "No, no no. You misunderstand me. We started high-end. We didn't go low-end because we wanted to. We went low-end because we had to because we'd be out of business."
Kamel: "What? Lyft? It's a piece of cake right there."
Kalanick: "It seems like a piece of cake because I've beaten them. But if I didn't do the things I did, we would have been beaten, I promise."
Kamel tells Kalanick that he lost $US97,000 ($126,424) and is "bankrupt" because of Uber's business strategy. His financial situation is hardly unique among Uber drivers: Bloomberg reported last month that some Uber drivers have resorted to sleeping in their cars, and Uber has repeatedly cut fares to the point where some drivers make less than $US10 ($13) an hour.
Eventually, Kalanick exits the car, telling Kamel that "Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!"