MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - One day after the City of Charleston ordered Bird scooters to leave with a cease and desist letter, the scooters appeared across the Ravenel Bridge early on Tuesday morning.
One grouping was seen at the Sticky Fingers on Highway 17 before Mount Pleasant police officers came by with a truck and picked them up. Bird just applied for a business license in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday morning and officers went out and picked up all the scooters, according to town spokeswoman Martine Wolfe-Miller. She says the town is in contact with the company about picking the scooters up.
The scooters first appeared in Charleston last weekend where they were used in limited capacity but left all over the city because the scooters don't have formal docking stations. Instead, the company relies on people it employs as chargers to pick up the scooters and juice them back up.
The scooters are rented through an app for $1 and cost roughly 0.15 cents to ride per minute, operating on lithium-ion batteries.The company, based in Los Angeles and founded by a former Uber executive, launched its first pilot program in Santa Monica in the fourth quarter of 2017. It's already reportedly seeking a $2 billion valuation.
Charleston's cease and desist letter read in part:
Live 5 News has also reached out to Bird for comment.