September 23, 2014

The Madtown Hopper.

An adorable electric vehicle, free late-night rides, and a man named Amir Morning, who turns down tips (unless riders insist).
“The only reason why they pulled out money in the first place was because they felt that they needed to pay,” Morning said. “Some people will say, ‘Are you sure?’ As soon as they say ‘Are you sure?’ I right away learn that they probably don’t have that much money and they kind of need it. So I say, ‘Keep your money, go home, have a good time and be safe.’ If they have to ask if I’m sure they can keep their money, then they’re pretty much asking me if they can keep their money.”...

“I’m hoping to land big companies like Red Bull, Coca-Cola,” Morning said. “I’m up for alcohol companies, promoting social responsibility — drinking responsibly and riding responsibly. I think there’s a lot of synergy in that: promoting a company that sells alcohol but also stepping up to offer free rides to people who are drinking their products.... It’s kind of a Robin Hood thing... I’m taking money from the big companies and providing a free service for people who don’t have money, like broke college kids.”

11 comments:

Curious George said...

So no money for transportation, but money for drinking.

MadisonMan said...

I note that an ordinance had to be passed to "allow" this.

Do people think the City Council has too much time on its hands?

MadisonMan said...

From the article: Without me traveling, I would never have had this idea.

See, Althouse!? Travel is a Good Thing!

Anonymous said...

Helping out drunk white college kids who already have it made, being on the right side of oppression and all. Why doesn't he take his vehicle to the poor parts of town and help blacks with actual needs, like getting to a grocery store -- or to get a Voter ID? Oh, that's right: Coca-Cola and Red Bull wouldn't sponsor THAT.

It is turtles all the way down...

MadisonMan said...

betamax, rather than snarking at the guy for doing something he likes that doesn't meet your need, why don't you fulfill that unmet need yourself?

Or does everyone *else* have to solve the problems you see?

Bryan C said...

The monster. Stealing bread from the starving children of taxi drivers.

BarrySanders20 said...

Good dude. Love the 'fro. It's a good calling card and has a John 3:17 "Jesus Saves" vibe.

William said...

What a great idea! This is a huge improvement on the primitive methods of those Pakistani cab drivers in England. Here you don't have to recruit and groom skinny under aged children. Here fully mature college coeds come to you. This will be to the sex trafficking industry what Uber is to the cab industry.

EMD said...

betamax, rather than snarking at the guy for doing something he likes that doesn't meet your need, why don't you fulfill that unmet need yourself?


I'm sure there's a street-eating 80 year old woman out there to help, right?

Unknown said...

Dear MadisonMan, not sure if you're serious or not, but you should probably look at:

http://betamax3000.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/turtles-all-the-way-down-or-riffing-in-c-sharp/

Eustace Chilke said...

Taxi companies are deciding which way to shut him down.