Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Irresponsible Pregnant Women, Mistreated Uber Drivers, and Sarcastic Blog Titles

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/01/13/new_york_uber_driver_refuses_to_take_woman_in_labor_to_hospital.html

So that happened. In case you're too lazy to read the link, an Uber driver in New York was called to pick up this woman. Unfortunately, she was in labor, and in fact threw up outside the car. So, he did what every decent human being would do: he canceled her ride, then charged her for wasted time.



Now, we have a bigger problem than just one Uber driver. We have all the people defending the jackass with terms such as "free country" and "labor is gross".

Some of the arguments make a small amount of sense, such as people asking why the woman didn't call the ambulance. That said, most women do not call an ambulance when they go into labor unless something is wrong. Vomiting doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong, because sometimes people vomit when they're in a lot of pain.

No, the problem here is the same problem with society in general, something that is not going to be helped by regulating more things. (Although I must point out that what the driver did was actually illegal.)

The problem is that many people's first reaction is to feel sorry for the driver because his "freedom" is being taken away. Don't get me wrong; I think things are far too regulated. But lack of regulations does not take away responsibility toward other people. If your first reaction to seeing a woman in labor and throwing up is to feel gross and violated, then you have more problems than regulations can fix, and you need to seriously think about why you feel that way. Other concerns that people expressed involved the money. Apparently Uber would charge the driver to clean the car if the woman vomited in there again. This is a problem with Uber, given its reputation as a good way for drunks to get home, and they should seriously rethink this policy of charging drivers for the hazards of the job. But when your immediate concern when seeing someone ill or in labor is to worry about the cost to you, then that is an issue as well.

I don't believe it is possible to truly regulate morality. Regulations can cut down on egregious offenses that threaten others' safety, such as murder. But they can't change people's mindsets. This is why we need to talk about these things, and talk about people's reactions to them. The more aware we become of what we think and how we act, the more aware we can become of why we think and act the way we do, and correct what is wrong.

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