10-Jul-2020 (Fri) Wherein Uber bought Postmates, and so we have closed our Postmates account.

Uber just bought Postmates. Consequently, I'm closing the DNA Pizza Postmates account. And I encourage you to close your Postmates account as well.

There are almost innumerable reasons to not do business with Uber, but let's start with: it is literally blood money:

  • Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman owns more than 10% of Uber, at over $3.5 billion of investment.

  • The CIA concluded that bin Salman personally ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He was dismembered with a bone saw while still alive, beheaded, and had his fingers cut off within minutes of walking into a Saudi embassy.

  • Even after Prince Bonesaw ordered the murder of a journalist, Uber founder and billionaire sociopath Travis Kalanick (who still owns 8.5% of Uber, after being fired as CEO) took another $400 million from the Saudis for another bullshit gig-economy con-job called "Cloud Kitchens" where now he's trying to dismember the restaurant industry and sell off the parts.

This monstrous piece of shit.

Here's Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi saying of bin Salman, "Who among us hasn't dismembered someone with a bone saw? Mistakes were made."

I think that government said that they made a mistake. It's a serious mistake. We've made mistakes too, right, with self-driving... So I think that people make mistakes. It doesn't mean that they can never be forgiven.

If, after knowing this, you would ever, ever give money to Uber... what is wrong with you? What would it take?

But let's keep going, shall we?

So that's who Postmates is now. Do you want to enrich them?

That "Cloud Kitchens" enterprise is a dystopian horror show, too. It means that Kalanick and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund own the first part of restaurant take-out -- the menu and online ordering; they own the third part -- delivery; and now they also own the second part -- actually making the food. The "restaurant", at that point, is just a brand logo. Their sweatshops make the same food for everybody and paste whatever name on it. The restaurant isn't even a franchise at that point. It's a sticker.

Taking this stand is probably going to cost us a big chunk of our (small, and dwindling) weekly delivery business, but enough is enough.

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You can still find us on the other delivery services. But, as always, it's better for everyone if you call us directly at 415-626-0166 for pick-up. That way we don't have to turn over a full 15% of the order price to these middlemen.

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14 Responses:

  1. Gilbert says:

    Man I had forgotten about half of these things. I am glad you keep a list (though, I am sorry that it needs to be done at all).

    • jwz says:

      It's not even a complete list!!

    • Liz says:

      Same. I can only keep track of so much horror, and there’s way too much for my little brain these days. Thanks for the reminder/recap.

  2. Dude says:

    ...and nothing of value was lost.

    Good on ya, Jamie. Christ knows you don't need another company charging their highway-robbery delivery fees.

  3. Elusis says:

    Thank you Jamie.

    I wish none of this were happening.

  4. Dave Polaschek says:

    Thanks for speaking up, Jamie.

  5. Kris says:

    absolutely right, Uber is the evilest company SF has spawned in the last 15 years, and that's saying something.

  6. Chris says:

    Is there a way to give you a one time payment rather than monthly ?

  7. Gentry says:

    They'll always be the bone Saudi's to me.

  8. bibulb says:

    "I think that government said that they made a mistake. It's a serious mistake. We've made mistakes too, right, with self-driving... "

    "I mean, THEY'VE killed people, WE'VE killed people, but we've moved past that!"

    • MattyJ says:

      And have spent millions to try to get themselves an exception to AB5. The whole purpose of which was to get their driver's some rights. You know, like a living wage and some health care.

      But at least they kicked in for Prop A, so enjoy that new sea wall.

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