If you know about the car sharing service, Uber pairs drivers with passengers via a smartphone app. Unlike professional taxis, Uber rides take place in drivers’ personal cars, which could lead to some uncomfortable situations.
In my opinion, Uber is terrific. They are reliable, easy to access, and incredibly clean compared to most taxi cabs. Yet while most Uber drivers are totally legitimate, there are always some rotten apples in the bunch. Check out these tales of “Uber” rides gone wrong.
First thing’s first: Even when you have been drinking, make sure to take precaution for yourself or your friends when getting into an Uber. Once my friend made me screenshot and text the Uber driver’s info to them before I even got in the car. Uber provides you with the make and model of the car assigned to you as well as the license plate number, so don’t hesitate to share with a friend or family member, and always double check before getting in.
Now onto the real stuff…
Take note of these tales gone wrong and take caution when Ubering!
Off the meter
A Reddit user posted this tale: “This has happened to me three times now, two times the cars had Uber stickers on them. A friend and I were calling an Uber to a bar during a night out and we approached the wrong car and the guy said ‘where are you going? I’ll take you.’ This is not okay as it would be undocumented by the app and how would we even pay the guy? Don’t do this! We told our real Uber driver and even he seemed concerned. The other two times someone tried to convince us that they were our driver and that they could take us. Luckily I was sober enough to realize what was happening but imagine if someone was not and they got into the wrong car?! Warn your friends of this scary new trend!”
This is essentially getting into a car with a stranger with no one having a way to track you down. Make sure to use your app for your own safety.
Director Kevin Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn took to social media and shared her story of being almost abducted earlier this year. She wrote:
“PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES- I was just standing outside a Starbucks in Brentwood, where I was waiting for my uber when a large, beige car drove up to me and tried to get me to think they were my uber. There were two white men (age 20-30) in the driver (blonde hair) and passenger (brown hair) seat with an uber sign on their front window, but they were most definitely not uber drivers. When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn’t answer me and said to get in the car. They didn’t have the uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own. Protect yourself and never ever get in a car without checking that it’s the correct car first!!! I was in too much haze of fear that I wasn’t thinking straight enough to think to take a picture of the drivers or the license plate, but if you see a car like this PLEASE report it to the police and stop them from trying to pray on other young girls!!! We have already reported it to the police, but more information would be helpful in finding them. Be careful and look out for yourself/others!!!!”
Just because a car has an Uber sticker and parks near you doesn’t mean it’s a legitimate Uber!