She only had eyes for the money
Companies like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the transportation industry. Though some cities around the world are fighting back and attempting to ban the peer-to-peer car service, people have fallen in love with the accessibility and price of Uber. It’s not likely to cease operations anytime soon.
Though people are nearly addicted to “ubering” around town, it’s not always a safe bet. One driver was victimized by a rider who decided to get her ride discounted by stealing his cash tips. Astonishingly, she was staring right into his dash cam the entire time!
On Aug. 12, Uber driver Mohammed Bhuiyan dropped the group off at Goodwill on Livingston and Bond Street in New York City. He wasn’t looking at them as they exited the vehicle, so a scantily-clad girl sitting in the middle seat used that privacy to her advantage.
She looked directly into the car’s camera located right under the rearview mirror, stuck her hand into his tip jar, and pulled out the bills before leaving the scene.
Mohammed realized what happened just after the doors shut. He honked his horn, then exited his vehicle trying to find the group. “The two people she was with tried to say they [didn’t] know her. I said, ‘You guys came together, I picked you guys up together. What do you mean you don’t know her?'” he told the NY Post. “‘OK, I have a dashcam, I’m going to complain to Uber.’”
Talk to the Police
Mohammed lodged a complaint with Uber shortly after the theft. They contacted the rider, but she said that she stole nothing. “The rider responded to us and advised us that she didn’t steal your cash from the tip jar,” Uber said in its response to Mohammed. “If you believe the rider has your cash as captured from your dash cam and is refusing to return it, you may want to initiate a formal investigation via the police.”
Mohammed was upset with Uber’s lack of support, but he decided to just let the matter go. He explained that he previously had bad experiences trying to report crimes.
“I said to myself, ‘Ok, it’s not too much money, if I call the police, I have to wait hours, but if I work those hours, I can make more money.’ So I just let Uber know and waited to see if maybe they can do something,” he explained of his decision.
Uber banned the young woman from using their service again. It didn’t seem to faze her, however. She bragged about her crime going viral on social media.
The rider was identified as 18-year-old Gabrielle Canales. Before she and her friends got into the Uber, she stripped down to her bra and thong to take Instagram pictures somewhere in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
A boy in the crew posted a photo of himself sitting on a bike in front of policemen, and he wrote, “Who’s bike?” Another young lady with them posted a photo holding a handful of cash.
Gabrielle realized that the stealing video went viral, and she shared screenshots of articles about the event to her Instagram and Snapchat. She claimed that the amount she stole was only $5 and that she had since returned it to the driver. It has never been proven that she returned any money to Mohammed.
Though Gabrielle has finally been identified, Mohammed is not going to take the matter any further other than warning other drivers about picking her up. He believed that her getting booted off of Uber was a fitting punishment.
“I’m really not p**sed about the money, it was not a big amount. I think she got what she deserved. Most of my riders, they are very nice. So these kind of people really make [riders] look bad,” he said.
Mohammed also had some words of wisdom for the young thief. He said that if he ever saw her again, her would tell her “to stop stealing, and be nice.”
Gabrielle was tracked down by Inside Edition, and she apologized for stealing the driver’s “hard-earned” money.
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