Just yesterday, I wrote about James Karagiannis and his good deed of a lifetime – delivering free ice cream to underprivileged children throughout the city (see here). Now, Uber is taking a similar good deed to an entirely different level. Seeing that all of Buffalo is considered underprivileged when it comes to ridesharing services, the kind folks at Uber have decided to include Buffalo in its annual ice cream giveaway.
#UberIceCream is a global promotion and anyone with the app can open it up, tap a button, and get ice cream in hundreds of cities around the world.
All that a participant needs to do is download the Uber app and request an #UberIceCream. After placing the order on July 15, a Magnum brand ice cream bar will be delivered to the customer in need.
“Even though Buffalo doesn’t have access to the flexible economic opportunities and better transportation options that Uber offers, local residents shouldn’t miss out on one of our most exciting events – #UberIceCream,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “This is the largest global promotion in the history of Uber with millions of people around the globe being able to request ice cream at the tap of a button. If upstate New Yorkers can’t request a ride – they should be able to experience some of the benefits of Uber for one day.”
“We have to realize that the shared economy and the idea of ridesharing are becoming increasingly popular,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan. “We should be embracing this new way of thinking, and at the same time, we have to figure out how the shared economy can fit into the rules and regulations of our state. I am hopeful that during the legislative session next year we can put rules into place that benefit everyone, and allow innovative ridesharing services to exist in upstate New York.”
“Residents throughout upstate New York deserve Uber and the jobs, increased safety, and economic development that comes with it,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “We commend Uber for their innovative campaign, and hope by next year state lawmakers will deliver upstate residents more than just a taste of what ridesharing will bring to their communities.”