Monday, October 05, 2015

Ponderings

Today I wondered about:

I am just looking at reviews of the hotel we will be staying in later this month. Why when people book a 3.5 star hotel do they then expect it to be in a 5 star hotel?

Such botheration about last Friday being called as a public holiday on the eve of our football grand final, and therefore costing businesses a lot more in wages if they stay open. Regardless of the merits of the day being a public holiday or not, aren't businesses supposed to be closed on public holidays? It was businesses that fought for the right to open on public holidays and now they just moan on and on about their greedy staff receiving penalty rates if they have to work on that day.

Uber? I am an infrequent taxi user and I have never bothered with Uber. Taxi passengers complain a lot about taxis, no doubt with some justification and many praise this new Uber entrant into the transport system. But isn't Uber turning the clock back to a less regulated time? Taxis are highly regulated, and for good reason. Time will tell and is interesting that in our state Uber drivers as illegal taxis are not being prosecuted but in New South Wales they  are.

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  1. This post makes me want to go and read reviews of hotels. :)

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    1. Snoskred, you've not long ago returned from Hawaii. Settle down.

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  2. I agree with your points about hotels and businesses, but can't say about the taxis as I haven't heard of Uber.

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    1. River, I may write a post about Uber then, as I understand it.

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  3. A pondering kinda day ...

    I heard somewhere that hotel reviews can sometimes be bogus reviews posted by competition.

    Sad that a bunch of people decided to bash up an Uber driver in Brisbane this weekend. But I can't see why they should be able to enter the market without any regulation. Like you say, taxi owners pay a lot for their licenses and then there is all the regulation around cameras in taxis etc that aren't in Uber vehicles.

    I think the governments have been slow to get their head around these changes and respond ~ a bit like online shopping. That's not surprising really, but it would be nice if governments were a bit more abreast of things.

    The other industry that has been opened up to no regulation is the AirB&B ~ I had a neighbour upstairs who rented a room in his place out to backpackers online. There were different people come and going every other day, none of whihc would have been in his lease or body corporate by-laws, because AirB&B didn't exist when by-laws were drafted.

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    1. Carol, first sentence not at all cryptic.

      Yes, but also bogus approval by hotel owners. Trip Advisor is pretty good now at sorting chaff from weeds.

      Of course no one should be assaulted but I do understand where lowly paid taxi drivers are coming from.

      Nevertheless, Uber has covered bases quite well. The Liberal Party trumpets private endeavour, but I haven't heard a response from them.

      AirB&B is a regulatory nightmare and not dissimilar in some ways to Uber. Who knows the status of where we stayed in New York. James who made a comment on another post stayed in an AirB&B in Brooklyn when he was in NY. Apparently 70% of AirB&B in NY operate illegally.

      Some of the buildings our body corporate managers look after short stay apartments, thankfully not here.

      Practical and realistic regulations need to be developed.

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  4. Our (Labor) local Government has just approved Uber as an entrant to our taxi system. Time will tell.
    Sigh on the heat front. Yesterday was our hottest October day on record and I hope it doesn't set a precedent for the sweaty season. My version of MS loves the heat so it is not my friend.

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    1. EC, it was the hottest October day here too and it is horrible outside this morning. I hope it cools down for you this afternoon too.

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  5. It's cooler here right now, 18C with an expected top of 26C, so you should be more comfortable tomorrow.

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    1. River, yes, a cool change arriving about 3.30 this afternoon and 18 tomorrow.

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  6. It's 24 here today, sunny, and with not a trace of humidity; practically perfect!

    Uber is running into trouble in many areas of the US; I don't take taxis generally, so not a problem for me... Air BnB has no presence here, not many folk come to Terre Haute as tourists, lol.

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    1. Jac, one perfect day then. Interesting about Uber. Research required.

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  7. It's true about the star ratings Andrew, but in Europe the star rating needs much exploring, as I found out the first time I went to Paris :) No taxis for me either but if I did it would be one of those very cute new 'London' style taxis flying around Perth :)

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    1. Grace, yes, the stars are a rough guide only. So the taxi trial is going well. Must take a look.

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