In the latest episode of the Economical Rice Podcast, Danny puts on his cowboy hat to look at the recent o’Bike deposits scandal. From bad PR to poor leadership to a lack of accountability, this episode will examine how everyone – o’Bike, the LTA, the public – was responsible for this mess.

Also, many thanks to my wife for her suggestions in the production of this episode, and also to the Straits Times for their unrelenting coverage of the case.

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Sources:

o’Bike ceases operations in Singapore, citing difficulties in meeting new LTA regulations

oBike users unlikely to get deposits back

o’Bike users in Australia say they are having problems getting deposit refunds

o’Bike users flock to banks to try to get their deposits back

259 complaints received regarding oBike deposits: CASE

Change petition: Get deposit refund from oBike Singapore

oBike told to remove bikes by Wednesday

Video shows how to dismantle oBike lock for personal use

Taking an oBike home is illegal – even if company has shut down, say lawyers

oBike owes users $6.3m in deposits

LTA ‘deeply disappointed’ in oBike, says will impose fees if bicycles not cleared

CSI: An inside look into oBike’s business and its founder, Shi Yi

Work to remove bicycles has started: oBike chairman

Japan train departs 25 seconds early, company apologises for ‘truly inexcusable’ mistake

Straits Times Wikipedia Page

Music:

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme – Enio Morricone

The Lonely Shepherd (Kill Bill Soundtrack) Gheorghe Zamfir

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra

Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy of Gold (L’estasi dell’oro) from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Image Credits: The Business Times

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