Uber yesterday delivered more than 15,000 emails to the Queensland government. In person. By horse and cart.
The controversial ride-sharing service used the antiquated mode of transport to take sacks of supporter emails to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office after Uber Queensland general manager Sam Bool told Mashable Australia that the emails were blocked and not received by parliament.
The emails and the stunt come just two weeks after a bill cracking down on ride-sharing services was passed through the Queensland government. Uber drivers now face a fine of $2,356 for operating. Administrators of the ride-sharing service can be fined $23,560.
Uber created an online form, ahead of the vote on the bill, so that Queensland customers could voice their concerns via email to members of parliament. But the emails soon began to bounce back. The parliament's speaker, Peter Wellington, confirmed to the Brisbane Times that the emails were blocked deliberately.
It seems some are still reading from a script handed to them by the taxi lobby until told otherwise. According to Channel 9, Labor MP Jim Pearce complained in parliament about some MPs receiving between 6000 and 10,000 emails. “If Uber think they have helped their argument, I can tell them that they have done themselves a lot of damage," he said, oblivious to the fact he represents his constituents in a parliamentary democracy.
The horse and cart was a powerful piece of symbolism from Uber. It demonstrates that if the company goes down in Queensland (perish the thought) it will at least go down laughing. At us.