Two guys with a flatbed truck have become dockless scooters’ worst nightmare

2 guys with a flatbed truck are the scooter-swiping heroes San Diego property owners were praying for.

July 25, 2019

Scooter companies are huge: Bird, which has 1k+ employees, has raised more than $418m valued at $2.5B; Lime, which has 1.2k+ employees, has raised more than $765m valued at $2.4B.

But no amount of venture capital could have prepared the scooter industry for its biggest challenge yet: 2 guys named John and Dan.

It’s a tale of David vs. Scoot-liath

ScootScoop, a company that impounds dockless scooters for property owners in San Diego, was founded by 2 guys named John Heinkel and Dan Borelli, The Verge reports

ScootScoop has no employees or outside funding but, together, its 2 founders are a micro-mobility menace: John has a background in repossessing property, and Dan has something even more valuable: a flatbed truck. 

Together, the Bird-bashing, Lime-squeezing vigilantes round up offending scooters 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

But Bird won’t abandon its flock without a fight

Both Bird and Lime have sued ScootScoop for improperly impounding their scooters. 

The 2 multibillion-dollar scooter giants — both infamous for brazenly breaking laws in cities across the country — are begging a local judge to protect them from 2 grumpy guys with a truck.

“The people of San Diego are being bamboozled by a local tow company scheme,” Bird told The Verge.

Depositions in the case are set to start at month’s end. In the meantime, John and Dan — who recently impounded their 10,360th scooter — have no plans to slow down.

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