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Wildewood
Driver
 Posted 1 month ago

I had a nasty experience tonite. Arrived to a mall pickup. Passengers were being questioned by mall security about I dont exactly know what. 2 young adults with a very young child maybe 3 or 4 yrs old. Both adults completely wasted.  I mean wasted.  They had  their own childseat taken from their car. Yes he drove there  

 Lady could hardly stand.  I took the ride once the mall cops let them leave. I figured I couldnt cancel the ride I’m new to lyft.   I feel I should have declined and called the real cops. For the carseat thing alone and also worried about the kid.   Theres no way she got the seat in safe and Im not trained in that.  Please advise on what  I was right to do? Oh she called me FIVE times later about a lost phone. Her lost Phone wasnt in my car. Had to turn my phone off  lyft support good about that bit.


UPDATE:

Thanks to all who commented. Yes my main concern was for the child.  I wasnt really concerned for my safety they werent being aggressive.  Im hoping this isnt something they do a lot but it feels like it was a typical occurrence for them, just my gut.  I regreted not calling the cops for the childs sake but hey if social services is going to take the kid its gonna happen sometime and I dont want to be the catalyst.  I got them home safe I think that was all I coukd really do.    Yeah when Ive been around a while I may turn more dodgy rides down. I  Hate the drunks man.    Thanks all!

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    cheesehead
    470 Driver Rider
     1 month ago

    This is kind of a weird dilemma. Because I would be afraid that if I drive away, they will just get in their car and try to make it home. Not good. Especially with a kid in the car. So, just based on what you said I would have probably done the same, just try to get them home and be done with it.

    Other option is to call the cops like you said, if you want to go that route.

    I will say. Driving rideshares is not for the feint of heart.

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    dancingdiary
     1 month ago

    This situation changes completely for me since there was a kid involved. I also would have been worried about their safety, I probably would have done what you did as well when put on the spot but thinking through it maybe calling the cops is the right thing to do? IDK that might just get so messy though.


    Poor Kid.

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    outlandish
    146 Rider Driver
     1 month ago

    Sounds like bad situation. It was good of you to take them and I don't think you did anything wrong, but once you've been driving for longer and see things like this you start to get a sense of when to hold em and when to fold em, and you should never feel obligated to take a pax you are not comfortable with. In a situation like this I would not take the pax. Too many ways a bad situation can get worse, and now I'm involved. Not worth it.

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    chicago49
    231 Driver
     1 month ago

    If you were afraid for your safety, you should have left them and called the cops. If not, then you did the right thing. IMO. Driving drunks around is never much fun but that is part of the job and I always figure I'm glad they called me instead of trying to drive home.

    The car seat thing. They are not hard to put in properly, if you are willing to learn. It will save you sleepless nights in the future worrying about what could have happened.

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      Wildewood
      Driver
       1 month ago

      Yeah Im a dad so it eas the kid swung it. I think Ill walk away next time. I dont make their choices. 

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    joeyj
    395 Driver Rider
     1 month ago

    Me, I would have called the police. For sure. I know other drivers who would just drive away and leave them. Which in my opinion would be wrong, but everyone's just out there trying to make a living so I can understand not wanting to get involved.