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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid worsening pandemic | Lifestyles

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

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“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid a worsening pandemic

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.



LAX AIRPORT, CA - AUGUST 20:     Passengers connect with drivers at the Rideshare Lot at LAX as Uber and Lyft drivers held a moving rally as part of a statewide day of action to demand that both ride-hailing companies follow California law and grant drivers basic employee rights and to denounce the corporations efforts to avoid their responsibilities to workers. Uber and Lyft threatened to suspend services in California Thursday night but a court granted Uber and Left a stay to a preliminary injunction requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their drivers as employees, meaning the rideshare companies will not suspend service in California tonight as they threatened.  Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in LAX Airport, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


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LAX AIRPORT, CA – AUGUST 20: Passengers connect with drivers at the Rideshare Lot at LAX as Uber and Lyft drivers held a moving rally as part of a statewide day of action to demand that both ride-hailing companies follow California law and grant drivers basic employee rights and to denounce the corporations efforts to avoid their responsibilities to workers. Uber and Lyft threatened to suspend services in California Thursday night but a court granted Uber and Left a stay to a preliminary injunction requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their drivers as employees, meaning the rideshare companies will not suspend service in California tonight as they threatened. Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in LAX Airport, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

The company said the campaign has been paused.

While Lyft’s car rental page indicates that safety is a top priority and that “protocols and thorough cleaning processes have been implemented,” the marketing push comes as the United States recently surpassed 11 million Covid-19 cases. On Tuesday, the country had its highest daily death toll in the past six months and places like New York City and a number of counties in California are facing new restrictions.

An emergency physician said Saturday that he is “terrified” about this holiday season, predicting “an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving this year.” Experts say those who plan to visit family should quarantine for 14 days first.

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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid worsening pandemic | Technology

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

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Kim Kardashian shares shots riding bicycle but doesn’t address backlash over controversial vacation

Kim Kardashian shares shots riding a bicycle but doesn’t address backlash over controversial Tahitian birthday vacation

Kim Kardashian posted a series of photos from her Tahitian vacation to social media Sunday, showing her riding bicycles with her friends La La Anthony and Fai Khadra. 

In the shots, the reality star, 40, wore a black cap with black sunglasses, a brown top, a patterned black skirt and black sandals as she peddled on the bicycle, which had a basket upfront. She had her long brown blocks down on that idyllic day outside.

She was seen from multiple angles, and one of them walking across the bridge and in another, raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony.

Paradise: Kim Kardashian, 40, posted a series of photos to social media as she rode on bicycles with her friends La La Anthony, 39, and Fai Khadra, 29, during her Tahitian vacation last month

Paradise: Kim Kardashian, 40, posted a series of photos to social media as she rode on bicycles with her friends La La Anthony, 39, and Fai Khadra, 29, during her Tahitian vacation last month

The mom-of-four – to girls North, seven, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, four, and Psalm, one, with husband Kanye West, 43 – did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month, posting a bicycle emoji as the caption.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star last week tweeted about the vacation, which took place on an island once owned by Hollywood icon Marlon Brando.

‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,’ she wrote. 

She continued: ‘We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.’

Riding on: The mom-of-four did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month

Riding on: The mom-of-four did not address the controversy stemming from the South Pacific vacation she had with family and friends for her birthday last month 

The good life: Kim was snapped raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony

The good life: Kim was snapped raising her arms up in victory on the beach in the tropical location alongside Anthony

A source told Page Six: ‘The group was limited to Kim’s closest family and friends. Everyone on the trip was repeatedly tested for COVID before they left in the middle of the night on a private Boeing 777.

‘Once on the island they had lavish dinner after dinner, spa treatments and hikes through the nature sanctuary. There was no expense spared. Everyone was banned from posting on social media by Kim to ensure her privacy.’

The trip came under social media scrutiny for tone-deafness amid many Americans struggling with health and economic problems as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country.

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Kardashians continue to post vacation pics amid backlash for private island comments

Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian each posted an album of new bikini pics on social media even though the family faced backlash online for their lavish getaway.

The Kar-Jenner family all recently celebrated Kim’s 40th birthday on a private island by way of private jets. Commenters were quick to express their frustration with her apparent lack of regard for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact.

“BEST TRIP EVER!! Thank you Keeks,” Khloe wrote alongside sultry images of herself in a hot pink bikini. 

While Kourtney wrote, “name a better trio,” as she splashed in the water with friends musician Harry Hudson and model Fai Khadra. 

KIM KARDASHIAN SLAMMED FOR THROWING LARGE BIRTHDAY PARTY AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Kim previously shared several photos from her extravaganza on Instagram on Tuesday, showing that the party was attended by a large number of people in close proximity to one another without wearing masks as the pandemic continues to rage across the globe.

In the caption of the post, the star said that she had asked all of her guests to quarantine and undergo several “health screens” before she surprised them by flying them to a private island to celebrate her special day.

“I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is,” she added.

Social media users were not impressed. 

“Brilliant observation! This kind of vacation is out of reach for most people COVID-19 or no COVID-19,” said one user.

“Very selfish when people are dying and loosing [sic.] their jobs,” wrote another. “Also doubt it very much that all 20+ people that attended isolated prior.”

A third added: “I love how the elite don’t have to social distance OR wear masks. called it #hypocrites.”

KIM KARDASHIAN STUNS IN BIKINI IN HONOR OF 40TH BIRTHDAY

“Did the pandemic go away?!” another said sarcastically. “Omg wish someone would’ve told me we could have massive parties.”

Twitter was full of criticism as well.

“I haven’t seen ma [sic] family in 4 months because I work a public-facing job and I’m absolutely terrified of the possibility of passing Covid on to my vulnerable parents,” said a Twitter user. “I hope you had fun pretending things were normal, but spare a thought for those of us staying in the real world.”

“Lmao reading this as half of my office got laid off today,” said another.

With sarcasm, a third added: “Everyone mad at this tweet is just jealous that they didn’t think to fly their jets to their own private islands. it’s so obvious yet kim is the only one who thought to do it. that’s why she’s a visionary and y’all are stuck at work.”

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“People had to miss their parents funerals but go off,” wrote a four Twitter user.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.

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Kim Kardashian’s Vacation Pics From Her 40th Birthday Are Getting Major Backlash From Fans

Kim Kardashian West recently turned 40, and she celebrated all the ways we expected, even amid a pandemic. She was thrown a giant surprise birthday party by her family and we said nothing. She posted an admittedly stunning bikini snap from an undisclosed beach and we said nothing. But now, she’s sharing photos from the friends-and-family trip to an island she took for her birthday as well, gushing over how remarkable it was to be able to “pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.” Presumably, she wanted more of the same reaction, of well wishes and “wow that looks amazing” that pours in every time she gives us a peek at her über-privileged life. But these photos — and these captions — were hardest of all Kim’s flaunted normalcy to stomach. We all want what Kim had the wealth and privilege to buy herself and her family and friends. After the party and the gifts and the photoshoots, how many more millions of dollars are we supposed to be excited about Kim spending on her birthday?

Kim starts out her stream of birthday photos by saying she’s feeling “humbled and blessed” on her 40th birthday — but her next caption shows startlingly little of that reflective attitude toward her own privilege.

“Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment,” Kim wrote, though family trips are a luxury most Americans can’t regularly afford.

“After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,” she continued. “We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40.”

For some responders to this tweet, it was Kim’s “right now” that got them — it seemed that the reality star understood that not everyone was rich enough to purchase a life undeterred by coronavirus, but not that, even without a pandemic, the things she considers birthday treats will never be financially possible for nearly everyone who follows her.

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The Dutch king and queen cut their Greece vacation short after facing backlash for traveling amid a partial lockdown

  • The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned home Saturday after cutting short a vacation in Greece.
  • “We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch king and queen said in a statement on Friday from the Royal House of the Netherlands after the trip sparked widespread backlash.
  • The Dutch government imposed a partial lockdown on Wednesday that closed bars and restaurants and discourages unnecessary travel.
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote that he “made the wrong assessment” about letting the royal couple travel, according to the BBC.

The Dutch king and queen returned home early from a trip after being seemingly travel-shamed for their planned vacation to Greece.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima returned to the Netherlands on Saturday after spending one day in southern Greece, where the king has a private villa, Reuters reported.

The Dutch royal couple left for their trip amid an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, which prompted the government to impose a partial lockdown last week that closed bars and restaurants for at least four weeks, according to the Associated Press.

While traveling to Greece from the Netherlands is permitted, the Dutch government discourages unnecessary travel as part of the new partial lockdown rules, according to the BBC.

Not long into their vacation, the royal couple was apparently made aware of public backlash about their travels that became prevalent in Dutch media, based on a statement they made on Friday.

“We see the reactions by people to reports in the media,” the Dutch royal couple said in a statement published Friday by the Royal House of the Netherlands. “We wish to leave no doubt that it’s necessary to follow the guidelines in order to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The discussion over our vacation is not contributing to that.”



Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands wearing sunglasses and a hat


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In response to the backlash targeted at the royal couple, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote a letter to the parliament saying that he was aware of the king and queen’s plans to travel, but that he “made the wrong assessment” about allowing them to go through with the trip.

Rutte wrote that he “realized too late” that the royal couple’s holiday “could no longer be reconciled with the increasing infections and the stricter measures.”

“This should have prompted me to reconsider the intended holiday. I bear full ministerial responsibility,” Rutte said in a letter obtained by the BBC.

In the Netherlands, the seven-day rolling average of daily new COVID-19 cases has more than doubled over the past two weeks, according to the Associated Press.

On October 6, the country hit a record number of new daily cases, reporting 9,155 positive cases that day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Since Saturday, the country has reported 8,149 new cases.

Representatives for the Royal House of the Netherlands did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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