MEMPHIS, Tenn. – More than two boxes Bird electric scooters were dumped in South Memphis, and WREG worked on how to stop this from happening again.
The scooters were picked up soon after Bird and the City were notified, and a spokesperson
"It looks like somebody has no respect for someone's property, is what it looks like to me," a resident of the area said.
In total, 25 discarded scooters were dumped at the end of the road, but none of them showed up on the app.
"I think it's a problem in pretty much every city that has them," a resident said. "Kind of scattered all over the place."
Last week, several pulled more than 50 e-scooters, Lime, Bird and Razor, out of a river in Portland, Oregon. Investigators said they were sure they were there, but the scooters' batteries could leak into the river. "It's very annoying," Memphis City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad said. "Listen, I think whether it's Bird scooters or theft or anything, blight, you're going to have people that do. I think they try to steal these batteries thinking there are materials that they can use. not. "
Conrad has been a big believer in the e-scooters, working to bring them to Memphis. He said right now there's about 850 e-scooters between Bird and Lime on the streets.
While it's unclear why the scooters were dumped at this specific spot, it looks like the motive was the batteries.
A spokesperson with the City of Memphis said Bird has started to install metal housing units around the scooters to protect them.
"From a standpoint, when this happens, we let the companies know, and they usually pick them up within an hour , "Conrad said. "The new models that are coming out, the batteries are harder to get to and to do that."
Bird duty WGG they have a team designated for dealing with issues like this and ask people to report any vandalism. A bird spokesperson sent the following statement.
"Bird is always looking to bring the very best in transportation innovation to its Memphis residents and we strongly recommend reporting any damaged scooters or incidents that Bird scooters are involved in, if we have a support team dedicated to safety that is available around the clock to address questions and reports we receive. Bird provides a number of ways for people to reach us including by email (Hello@bird.co), through our in-app messaging feature, and by Phone. "