Uber offers free rides in Sydney after criticism of price surge amid siege

December 15, 2014 6:05 AM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Online car service Uber on Monday offered free rides from Sydney's central business district following a public backlash over an initial surge in prices amid a hostage drama in a city cafe.

Fares on the U.S.-based company's booking app initially rose to a minimum fee of A$100 ($82) for pickups near the siege, more than four times the fare before the drama unfolded.

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