“Unlock me to ride me, or I’ll call the police.”
A female voice from within Lime’s e-scooters shouts the threat to anyone who tries to fiddle with the rides without downloading the app and paying. The company has also set their rides to blast cartoonish robot noises so loud that heads turn on busy city streets.
The threat immediately repeats on high volume and is the first and only sound the scooter makes. The words blare after less than a minute of a person standing on and exploring the buttons of the scooters, which Lime has been dumping on sidewalks throughout the US with little warning and without government approval.
That’s just nuts and is an example of a company out of touch with everyday human beings.
Of course people are going to touch one, stand on one, play with the controls. These are new things to them. And probably the first time they’ve encountered one at all.
What a way to alienate people and potential customers!
This reminds me of an expensive car that had a proximity alarm back in the 1980s. It could be triggered by anyone just walking by on the sidewalk. “Move away from the car!” it would command. It pissed people off.
So will Lime’s move. As just this report of it does me.
With no such reports about their competitor, Bird, it looks like Lime should be called Lame.
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