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Uber Drivers Become Target of Bounty Hunters in Seoul

Despite of repeated warnings from the South Korean government officials, Uber Technologies Inc, the operator of UberX Taxi service, started its service in Seoul, Korea in December 2014.  Soon after or on Christmas Eve of 2014 to be exact, the CEO of Uber is officially indicted by the local government officials.

In fact, UberX was running an trial service in Seoul for almost three months before going live with a full service offering. The Seoul Metropolitan Government, however, warned the company that as soon as Uber went commercial, it would deem the service illegal and start arresting drivers on the spot.

Korean celebrity trying UberX

Now, the Seoul officials kept their promise by coming up with a plan that may force Uber to stop its service in the city.  The City Council of Seoul practically handed out permit to all citizen to be a bounty hunter.  Up to 1 million won ($910) will be paid to anyone who submit a reward application form along with supporting evidence such as a receipt, photo or video.

That's quiet a chunk of money and rewarding enough to turn a few dozen citizens into a professional bounty hunters.

Uber Korea has decided to fight back, arguing it is offering a technological innovation that is being
“welcomed and supported” by local citizens. The company has decided to reimburse fines imposed on its drivers. Plus, it will actively engage in the upcoming legal battle to have a court rule in its favor. “Uber will never stop against all odds,” an Uber Korea spokeswoman said.

It will be interesting to see how this case turns out as Uber is fighting to expand its service to major cities all over the world.

Uber Drivers Become Target of Bounty Hunters in Seoul Reviewed by Brandon on 11:06 PM Rating: 5

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