St. Joseph, Michigan - Uber, the ubiquitous car service has made its presence known throughout the U.S. Its presence is so pervasive that it prompted an Amish man to start a buggy-for-hire service in St. Joseph, MI, which boasts the sixth largest Amish populations in the U.S., according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Timothy Hochstedler, who started what is believed to be the nation’s first on call horse-drawn taxi service, charges a flat rate of $5.00 per ride. As he described his start up to reporters: "Uber is hot right now, so we have the Amish Uber." Problem is that if you want a ride in Hochstedler, you can’t use an app on your smart phone to call him. His is Amish, after all, and so he adheres strictly to Amish customs. In other words, you’ll have to flag him down if and when you see him.