Uber CEO Apologizes After Video Surfaces of him Berating Driver

 

It was another bad day Tuesday for Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who's had a lot of them lately, with him apologizing after video surfaced of him berating an Uber driver. In the video posted by Bloomberg, driver Fawzi Kamel asks Kalanick about decreasing fare costs, and he replies that that's "bullsh*t." Kalanick goes on to refuse to discuss much about the reduction in pay, and then says as he leaves: "Some people don't like to take responsibility for their own sh*t. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!" In a note sent to Uber staffers that was later shared as a blog post, Kalanick said he treated Kamel disrespectfully and apologized. He wrote, "To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement. My job as your leader is to lead . . . and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away." He continued: "The criticism we've received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I've been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it." It's unclear exactly how Kalanick intends to get that "leadership help."

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