The thread about the Bird scooters in Nashville TN really piqued my interest, about all the missing Bird scooters there, and elsewhere. After I read Clayton's post, I got to thinking that Bird might start deleting long lost scooters from the database in an effort to deceive existing and future investors in the hopes of reducing the appearance of losses. Lets face it, they have a pretty poor reputation, and were even booted out of their own hometown, and contracts handed to competitors. I think that's pretty funny.
After reading the posts last night, I stayed up and started taking time stamped screenshots and details of regions with scooters missing over a certain amount of time. Low and behold this morning there were very few, and then more recently some of the missing ones showed back up, but only a small part of last nights "missing fleet". I wonder if they removed too many, then were told to add some back so it looks more believable. I guess only they know for sure, but it sure smells fishy to me.
I've also started collecting statements from Bird execs and representatives where the stories don't jive. Now to find a suitable venue to send or post all this stuff, not here though.....
You may be wondering what's my motivation? I used to do quite a bit of investing, and have gotten burnt several times by companies who knowingly deceived me. Their conduct either failed to rise to the level of criminal, or not enough compelling evidence was available to present to prosecutors/SEC.
I don't know if Bird is acting unethically or breaking the law, that's for others to decide, but it doesn't sit well with ME. I'm also checking on the other scooter companies, but I'm much further along with Bird, and decided to start with them since they appear to have the worst reputation among dockless scooter startups.
Bird, you appear to check Scootertalk frequently, so I'm sure you will read this. I suggest you start conducting your business with more integrity, treat your mechanics and chargers as humans worthy of respect (not just service bots that can be disposed of and replaced on a whim), and don't try to deceive investors that are putting their money in your hands. Dishonesty may lead to more profits, but I assure you those Birds will come home to roost.
I'm not claiming you are doing anything wrong, but there is a lot of things that seem suspicious to me, and as I've said, I'll let other decide once the cat is out of the bag.