By Kris Sayce – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) –
Breaking news from the Financial Times:
‘Electrolux, the Swedish appliance maker, is exploring starting an “Uber for laundry” in which consumers would use their own washing machines to wash other people’s clothes.’
Your editor has never used an Uber. We’ve never used an Airbnb either.
So the chances of us using an ‘Uber for laundry’ are pretty close to zero.
The idea intrigues us though, so we’d like to see how it plays out.
The hotel and taxi lobby groups have done a good job trying to shut down upstarts like Uber and Airbnb.
As a result, governments are issuing fines against the businesses, and even against individual purveyors of these services. The Economist reports:
‘The phoney war between home-sharing websites and Barcelona seems to have come to an end. After months of sparring between the parties, this week Barcelona levied finds of €600,000 each on Airbnb and HomeAway, which it says have been offering to rent properties that do not have a tourist licence to holidaymakers.’
In October, New York governor, Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-Airbnb law. As Bloomberg notes:
‘The fines for those who advertise vacant apartments in a multi-unit building for 30 days or less could be as high as $7,500 for repeat offenders, threatening the company’s operations in the state.’
The government tells you who can stay in your house. The government tells you who you can drive in your car. And if Electrolux goes ahead with ‘Uber Wash’, the government will soon tell you whose undies you can swish around in your washing machine!
Are there no depths to which a government won’t sink? Apparently not…