Some Uber, Lyft drivers banned from Detroit Metro Airport

With one of the busiest travel weeks of the year upon us, it might become tougher to catch a Lyft or Uber at Detroit Metro Airport.

Many drivers are getting banned, and sources said it’s for breaking the rules. But drivers told Local 4 they feel like it’s more about being the new kid on the block.

Lyft and Uber drivers said they don’t feel welcome at the airport.

“When you pull in, the guy in the booth gives you attitude,” said Terri, a driver for both Uber and Lyft.

From surly airport employees to fender benders with contracted car services, ride-share drivers said it’s difficult to work at the airport.

“Uber cars are getting hit, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, you’re in my way,'” Terri said.

Things have gotten nasty between the two sides at a very lucrative time.

“This is a holiday weekend,” Terri said. “This is the week that we make money.”

On Friday, dozens of drivers started getting banned from the airport, and by Monday, drivers heard it was in the hundreds.

They were told it’s because they were picking up fares curbside instead of the designated ride-share area.

“To not be able to prove to me what I’ve done wrong — that becomes an issue,” Terri said. “They just said I picked up curbside, but I didn’t pick up curbside.”

Terri and some others said they’re innocent, yet they’ve still been banned. An airport source familiar with the situation said authorities are catching ride-share drivers breaking the curbside rule, but drivers said sometimes people just jump in.

“Some people jump in your car,” Terri said.

“The issue has been addressed and we are now reviewing the impacted drivers in order to reinstate their airport access where warranted,” Lyft told Local 4.

“Without the airport runs, we’ll lose our jobs,” Terri said.

Some drivers were reinstated Monday night after Local 4 reached out to Lyft. The airport said it’s been working with the companies since March, and drivers said anyone who is breaking the rules should be banned.

You can watch Jason Colthorp’s full story in the video posted above.

Source: WDIV Click2Detroit
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U of M holds meeting to discuss request from white supremacist to speak on campus

The University of Michigan is discussing whether to allow white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

White nationalist rallies have been known to get violent, so the university is making safety and security a top priority.

Students and faculty members voiced their concerns Tuesday at an open meeting. Their opposition centers around Spencer’s request to speak on campus.

“If it’s your decision to let this individual speak, we request that he be as far away from the students as possible,” said student Yazmyn Cross.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said Spencer’s right to free speech makes the situation complex.

“I made the difficult decision to begin discussions with Richard Spencer’s group to determine whether he will be allowed to rent space to speak on the University of Michigan campus,” Schlissel said.

The president and regent members denounced the white nationalist’s hate speech, but added that legally, their hands are tied.

“We are legally prohibited from blocking such requests based solely on the content of that speech, however sickening it is,” Schlissel said.

READ: Schlissel releases statement on white supremacist request to speak on campus

Outside, there was a rally, and inside, one by one, people let Schlissel know Spencer and his followers aren’t looking to speak, but rather to incite violence. They used the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a prime example.

“To allow this man on our campus unchecked, you incur the same risk of violence, and if something terrible happens, you will shoulder the blame,” student Ismael Halawh said.

“Allowing Spencer to speak here would make a mockery of our institution core beliefs and frankly, if our friends and rivals at East Lansing and Columbus can say no to the Nazis, then surely the leader here can find a way to do so as well,” faculty member Michael Wiess said.

Source: WDIV Click2Detroit
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