In a miscalculated move, a promotional tweet from Uber on Sunday has gotten many in the Philippines shaking their fists at the ride-sharing company.
The tweet has now been deleted, but Uber tweeted out a promotion on Sunday on the eve of a planned jeepney strike, offering free trips to users “affected by the activities tomorrow.”
Jeepneys are modified minibuses common in the Philippines, commonly used by the masses for public transportation. 40 percent of intra-city commutes in Manila are taken on jeepneys.
The jeepney strike was organised to protest a government order to phase out old jeeps, and new hoops for jeepney operators to jump through, Rappler reports.
Filipinos reacted strongly to the tweet, slamming the San Francisco-based company for not learning from its recent bad press when it tweeted a promo during a taxi strike in the U.S.:
Not everyone was against Uber, though, with some Filipinos angry at the jeepney operators on strike:
By Monday morning, some Filipino users said they were still receiving promo codes from Uber:
Uber Philippines also tweeted in response to queries that the promo codes in question were valid within Manila and Cebu, where the strikes were expected to happen.
Uber Philippines tweeted out a response after the enormous backlash, stating: “It was not our intention to undermine upcoming events in any way, and we apologize for appearing to do so.”
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