Staten Island Is Expecting Its Residents To Get So Drunk On Super Bowl Sunday That They're Offering Free Ubers To Everyone On The Island

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Source - Football fans will be able to get a free ride from Uber this Sunday instead of driving home thanks to the SI Safe Ride Initiative, a partnership between Borough Hall President James Oddo, Uber, District Attorney Michael McMahon, the NYPD and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

From 3 p.m. to midnight, Staten Islanders can get one free ride on Feb. 4 from Uber by entering the promo code “SAFERIDESI.” The offer will cover up to $15 for rides that start and end in Staten Island. There are a little under 500 available codes.

Nearly 3,000 Staten Islanders participated in the partnership’s first campaign, which offered free rides the day before Thanksgiving.

Oddo and McMahon sponsored a similar initiative in 2003 called “Operation Arrive Alive” when they were in the City Council.

For most, the first word that comes to mind when they hear Staten Island is “yuck.” Pete Davidson, a Staten Island resident, famously said on an episode of SNL that “when hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island, he wished it finished the job.”

Mufasa famously said to Simba, “everything the light touches is our kingdom. Except Staten Island, you must never go there.” Donald Trump famously said in his first State Of The Union address that, “Staten Island was a shit hole overrun by MS-13 gang members and chubby Italians.” Kind of. The point I’m trying to make is that Staten Island doesn’t have the best reputation, and offering free Ubers because your residents have a reputation of getting shit faced isn’t helping the cause.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea is great. If they had offered free Ubers in Boston my friend Josie wouldn’t have to blow into his car to get it to start. I’m just saying they shouldn’t have gone on the news to broadcast it to the world. It’s embarrassing. Hold a press conference if it’s successful then brag about it. That’s how you change people’s perception. All this did was reaffirm stereotypes. So yes, I’m glad they they’re giving out free rides. I just wish that they put a PR plan in place first.