In SC, drive for Uber get a criminal charge?

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve

On June 17, George Parker, a law enforcement officer with the state Office of Regulatory Staff, attended a meeting in Columbia aimed at recruiting drivers for UberX, a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing business that launched Thursday in the Capital City, Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.

Parker, an ORS transportation program manager, said he went to the event at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel on Lady Street to “obtain information for ORS regarding the driver/partner recruitment process for Uber,” according to a sworn affidavit submitted by him.

What Parker didn’t say in his affidavit, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, was that ORS representatives apparently weren’t welcome at the event.

“We ended up speaking, and a ruckus ensued, and we were asked not come back to any of those meetings, and we were shown the door,” Dawn Hipp, director of ORS’ Office of Transportation, Water/Wastewater and Consumer Services, toldThe Nerve when contacted this week.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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