Uber Backtracks on Price Hikes During Sydney Drama

December 15, 2014 8:27 AM

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The cab-hailing company Uber was promising free rides and refunds Monday for people fleeing central Sydney after coming under fire for hiking prices during a hostage crisis that was unfolding there.

Technology news website Mashable reported that Uber was briefly charging customers a minimum fare of 100 Australian dollars ($82) and four times the usual per-mile rate to leave the city center. Uber said on its smartphone app that the rates had been increased because "Demand is off the charts!" acc...

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