Magazine October 1, 2018, Issue

Overrated, All the Time

September, usually a lovely and mild-mannered month, chose to roll in this year with a bout of terrifying news: In New Zealand and Australia, Uber passengers with less-than-stellar ratings will now be given an unceremonious kick to the curb.

“Uber will soon block passengers whose ratings drop below four stars,” blared the U.K. Independent, clearly sharing my sense of low-level panic. Repre­sentatives of the global ride-sharing company, attempting to assuage a nervous populace, argued that the vast majority of Uber riders have nothing to fear. “To get to a number as low as four there really needs to have been multiple

Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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