Ass grass or gas was the motto through much of the seventies. Hitch hiking was common, and many people would think nothing of picking up a total stranger. Times are different. We know a little more about what is going on in the world, less about our neighbors, and live in fear of government, strangers, the UN, and Russia (again!) Thanks to over reaching government, most of the poor have vehicles. Its those who are trying to have a job and make a difference in the world who are often without, or struggling.
Two guys, Logan Green, and John Zimmer came up with a new concept using social media to match people going some where with people needing a lift. Nothing breaks a budget faster than cab fare, especially when the cabbies like to take the ultra scenic route. It doesn't always happen, but the notion has been common for so long that it has been featured in films since Clint Eastwood was a B rate actor in Cougan's Bluff. The idea has its merits. Instead of hanging your thumb and hoping the next car is not piloted by a Ted Bundy type, you interact via modern social means and hook up for a ride, and an exchange, usually of cash.
The idea is not new by any means. When I was undergoing surgery, and unable to drive, I relied on the assistance of many friends who took a little time to get me where I needed to be. In return, I paid for the gas. I also pay it forward and help friends who need rides.
Some cities and states are not up with the idea though. Cease and desist orders have gone out in Miami, and Los Angeles as well as Virginia. I understand having concerns. Dead bodies strewn along stretches of highway aint a good thing, but I seriously doubt that lyft will generate a serial killer. There is no anonamity. You can be sure the cop who ticketed Juan Arango violated Facebook's terms of service, or he will only do it once.
We are supposed to help our fellow man. That is what so much of the Bible seeks to impart on us, Love GOD with all our heart soul and mind, and love our neighbor as our self. When a government entity steps in and blocks such neighborly gestures, I see a problem.