Fresh controversy struck Uber on Monday after the car service raised prices in Sydney’s central business district (CBD) amid an ongoing hostage situation at a cafe there.

The firm made the announcement on Twitter while up to 40 people were being held by a gunman and hundreds of Australian police were mobilized over fears of a terrorist attack.

Users of the services immediately expressed outrage on the social network as fares were reported to reach $100 Australian dollars (about $80) for a ride.

“Absolutely disgraceful. You should be capping the prices much lower rather than taking advantage! Shockingly bad,” tweeted @MonocleMoose.

The San Francisco-based company quickly about-faced and offered free rides… see more

source: usatoday