Article by Jack Blocker, writer from Vice *
A few months ago, I met Sinan, 25, who is a bicycle messenger and postman in Atlanta, USA.
He happened to see the electric scooter of the Bird brand built in the train station in the city. "I felt something and saw the balcony, so I grabbed Bird's scooter and threw it down."
Sinan, who hid his real name for fear of trouble with the law, told me that he did it because "This is counterproductive for public transportation, and they are not used by the right people, in the right place."
"I mean you will see the bastards who use Bird scooters to hang around at the skateboard park," Sinan continued.
This guy's ugly action video is posted on the Instagram page called "Bird Graveyard", which focuses 100% of images and videos of scooter electric cars. smashed, burned or thrown into the river.
The video recorded Sinan's destructive actions that attracted up to … 50,000 likes
If you, the readers of this article, do not live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin or Atlanta, will surely feel strange because Bird's scooters flood the streets.
Founded in early 2017 by Travis VanderZanden, Lyft and Uber's former people, shared electric scooter service Bird has achieved certain success in the United States.
When using Bird scooter, users will be charged 15 cents (about 3500 VND) per minute of car rental. Unlike shared bikes, there are no specific stops for Bird scooters, users are allowed to throw away the car wherever they go.
It sounds weird but at the end of July 2017, Bird Ride Inc. has been valued at $ 2 billion. According to Bird's representative, by February 2018, they had about 50,000 regular users, more than 250,000 trips were made separately in Santa Monica.
Not only Bird, other rivals like Spin or LimeBike (Uber-invested) quickly appeared on the electric scooter rental market.
Obviously, Bird's business idea is not bad, but also useful in cutting internal combustion engine emissions, reducing traffic in crowded cities like Los Angeles – where the green transport system (walking, cycling) is the choice of the majority to go to the train station, office or gym / yoga room.
A video of another electric scooter posted by Bird Graveyard
While most technology companies with huge financial resources, which always bring good ideas to society – are just superficial, their products and applications have been secretly created. Huge pile of garbage in the city.
That's why people like Sinan, turned their backs on Bird's utility in a very negative way, apart from smashing and burning, they even spread dung on electric scooters.
I tried to contact the person behind the Bird Graveyard to interview. However, they only responded by email, did not provide names for fear of involvement in the law.
In the email, the Bird Graveyard owner said that companies like Bird launched electric scooters massively into the city without really asking the authorities as well as the people.
When asked, Bird's representative seemed to avoid the massive landfall in the United States, and made comments about the company's property being continuously destroyed:
"Vandalizing all types of assets is a problem that should not be supported by the community or law enforcement agencies. We encourage the community to report on individuals and organizations that intentionally sabotage electric scooters. We will investigate and tell the police, the first step is to remove vandals from Bird's background. "
Emphasis on recalled community responsibility by Mary Caroline Pruitt, LimeBike Spokesperson:
"The panorama is to create a culture where people watch electric scooters sharing their assets, we believe that responsible parking and respect for property will become a natural habit. . "
The worrying thing is, Bird Graveyard is not the only address to upload videos and images to destroy electric scooters. And the people behind this controversial movement finalized:
"Is there anything in the Constitution that says we all must respect and love brands?"