Uber Presses the Fight for Freedom in Myrtle Beach

Rogue taxi-type service Uber is moving into my hometown of Myrtle Beach SC. I’m really happy about it, but city officials aren’t so pleased. City spokesman Mark Kruea went so far as to say…


Then he threatened to…


I’ve never used Uber before as a driver or passenger, but I really like the idea of the service. I also like how the company is shaking things up in both the business and governmental side of things. I’ve written about the founder and his schooling before HERE.

You know, there’s a chance here for local governments to do things right or just sit back with their rules and regulations to fight progress and change. How about instead of screaming fines, taxes, and jail, city officials sit down and say, “How can we make this happen? What do we need to do differently to make for changes in the way things are done and adapt to the economy? Or do we just hide behind the dinosaur of unbending governmental behavior?”

My hope is that the senior citizens who sit on the Council and in the Mayor’s seat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would see that change is on the horizon and that something different will happen, whether they like it or not.

My hope for Uber, if the City doesn’t listen, is that they’ll pay a few fines and bail bonds and help the citizens get this ball of change rolling.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading! 


2 thoughts on “Uber Presses the Fight for Freedom in Myrtle Beach

  1. Playing devil’s advocate, what if you extend the theme to other businesses? Someone starts serving food to the public out of their home without health inspections. Someone operates a awning service under the table without insurance and business license.

    I really like what businesses like Uber and AriBNB are about, but it’s important to understand the risk associated with them. Policymakers need to scrutinize the status quo that’s being challenged and whether the existing regulation is necessary.

    Also check out the Uber controversy in England: http://time.com/2953528/uber-london/

    • You’re absolutely right. I just wish governments would actually try and sit down with these guys and work on solutions before crying foul. The whole thing is kind of reflected in the same way locally with their anti-food truck stance.

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