9-2017 Beware of Uber !

Beware of Uber !

I have experienced fraudulent activities by Uber in Hyderabad, India. I am sure there are many other ways Uber can fleece you. If you know any other ways you have been fleeced, let me know by email drpartha@gmail.com.

1. Uber has no contact centre where a customer can call up, if they have a problem or complaint. The mobile app. used by Uber is defective in many respects and cannot be used for lodging complaints or reporting issues which are not listed in the app. Of course, there is no email address where a customer can report issues. Their website has only a few limited issues which you can report. You may be sufferiing from an issue not listed in their web pages.

2. When you book a cab, the driver may not even reach your pickup point. Instead, he would report a “no show” and charge a cancellation fee. Although the driver has your contact number, he will not even call up to warn you or alert you that he has been waiting and is aborting the wait and he will charge a “no show” fee. There is no way that a customer can prove that the driver did not reach the pick up point. The customer has no option other than paying the “no show” ransom.

3. When you finish your trip and pay the driver by cash, the driver can still make a claim using your cashless payment option (UPI, ewallet, PayTM). The claim will obviously fail for want of authentication and a “payment pending” notice will hang on your app forever until you pay up.

4. Violating all norms of corporate decency or ethics, Uber has no channel for complaint escalation, appeal, or arbitration.

5. You have no scope for posting your suggestions, remarks, or queries to Uber.

There is no way to complain or raise a dispute, since Uber has insulated itslf very cleverly (see point #1 above).

Next time you book an Uber cab, be prepared for some nasty surprises.

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5-2017 You still trust SPICEJET ?

  1. Irresponsible and shameless
  2. Stinking service
  3. Rude behaviour
  4. …and they even fleece you.

18-2013 Time to choose

Time to choose, between the frying pan and the fire.  Or, between the goon and the goonda, or between the rogue and the ruffian.

HINDU28sep2013s

Today’s cartoon in The HINDU shows us an option which all of us Indians would love to get. Congrats to the cartoonist who thought up this option.

9/2012 A thief in my school FPIHM

Liberalisation and open market is a great thing. That is until the thieves step in. This happened to the education system in India, particularly the state (AP) where I live in. It is more than just a coincidence that all (or almost all) these private so-called institutions, are run by goons belonging to a particular commmunity.

My experiences (nightmares) concern private engineering colleges. All of them are sickening places, run by unscrupulous and incompetent crooks who ::

1. hoodwink the authorities.
2. ruin the students
3. swindle the teachers

There is this college situated just outside Hydearabad. Ironically, this college is located very close to a famous temple of Saraswati (the Hindu Goddess of learning). This college is owned and run by a stinking rich industrialist/businessman.  This scoundrel should have been in jail, except for the clumsy and cumbersome legal system in India. They tried to steal my salary, by using some cunning tricks which all thieves play. In fact, when I threatened to drag him to the nearby police station, he relented. As if by magic, his goons, came running to the police station with my salary in cash. I have proof and photographic evidence, and a lawyer as witness for this shameful episode. You can get details from me, if you want to stay away from such criminals.

4 /2012 HTCY — How they con you

3/2012 How They Con You (HTCY)
The HTCY series of blog posts is a rogues gallery of commonplace fraud, perpetrated by unethical and dishonest and greedy and incompetent vendors and service providers.

The Oxford English Dictionary describes “con” as (noun form) “a confidence trick” The verb form of “con” could mean deceive, swindle etc.

Read these HTCY entries, and be prepared.