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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Yesterday was a rough day for nascent Austin ride-hailing app Get Me. The Get Me app quickly made headlines late last year when it showed up in Austin declaring it would go along with city regulations, though it would not reveal the identity of the company’s CEO. On Monday, the app attracted attention of a different sort when an email to potential new drivers inadvertently was sent without using blind copy, revealing the email addresses of more than 500 people in the process. Complaints quickly began to pile up – on the Get Me Facebook page, potential drivers complained about spam. And, in private, some moonlighting drivers worried that their curiosity about the new company would not go over well with their current employers. An apology, posted online, explained in part, “Working as hard and as fast as we do, and being ‘one of America’s fastest growing startups,’ sometimes mistakes can and do happen. As you may have seen and read in the media, we are still a new company with solid morals and integrity, when, if something goes wrong, and we know sometimes it will, we are more than willing to hold our collective hands up, admit our mistake, ask for your forgiveness and ensure that a mistake like this will not happen again.” And, as for the content of the widely distributed message, a representative from Get Me assured the Austin Monitor that Get Me does, in fact, have an office and was meeting people in their cars only in an attempt to help make the sign-up process easier.