- Electric scooter startups are raising billions of dollars in capital, but the backlash might be beginning.
- A Santa Monica resident posted a startling image on Twitter comparing scores of abandoned Bird electric scooters to the Hitchcock film “The Birds.”
- Electric scooter startups have run into trouble with city officials around the US for dumping their wares into new locations without asking.
Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists might be pouring billions into electric scooter startups, but firms like Bird, Lime, and Spin are already facing a backlash from residents.
This was highlighted by a light-hearted tweet from Madeline Eskind, a product manager at Twitter. She posted an image of scores of abandoned Bird scooters in the startup’s home city of Santa Monica, with the caption: “The 2018 remake of Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s ‘The Birds.’”
The plot of “The Birds” revolves around a huge number of birds going berserk and attacking a town and its residents.
The 2018 remake of Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s â€œThe Birdsâ€� pic.twitter.com/8EZvkUfbsO
â€” Madeline Eskind (@mdeskind) August 7, 2018
Though intended as a joke, the photo highlights issues of electric scooter oversupply.