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Is this common? Uber driver takes advantage of disabled, jacking up fare.

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george
56 Rider
 Posted 1 year, 11 months ago

This driver saw an opportuniaty with a disabled man and took him on an almost 2 hours joyride to increase the fare.

http://westchester.news12.com/story/39055625/mom-disabled-son-taken-on-joy-ride-by-uber-driver-to-boost-fare-price

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    momof4
    8153 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    If this is true that driver is a dispicable human being. I do wonder why mom put her disabled son in an Uber by himself.  As a mom i wouldnt put my children under 18 in an Uber. I have to question why you would be your disabled son in an Uber just curious.

    People need to realize Uber does criminal background checks (not saying that the driver has criminal record) but they are all 3rd party. To have an accurate criminal history a fingerprinted background check by FBI needs to be done. Uber/Lyft cuts corners wants to save $ but this is why all those drivers who have criminal history's slipped through the cracks. 

    Parents need to think before they send their teenager, disabled child/adult by themselves in an Uber. Their are drivers that have criminal records, drivers that lie, cheat, steal (totally sucks cause it gives those honest, hard working drivers out there a bad name). Lets not consider the criminal history for a minute. Can you be absolutely sure that the person dri...

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    If this is true that driver is a dispicable human being. I do wonder why mom put her disabled son in an Uber by himself.  As a mom i wouldnt put my children under 18 in an Uber. I have to question why you would be your disabled son in an Uber just curious.

    People need to realize Uber does criminal background checks (not saying that the driver has criminal record) but they are all 3rd party. To have an accurate criminal history a fingerprinted background check by FBI needs to be done. Uber/Lyft cuts corners wants to save $ but this is why all those drivers who have criminal history's slipped through the cracks. 

    Parents need to think before they send their teenager, disabled child/adult by themselves in an Uber. Their are drivers that have criminal records, drivers that lie, cheat, steal (totally sucks cause it gives those honest, hard working drivers out there a bad name). Lets not consider the criminal history for a minute. Can you be absolutely sure that the person driving your teenageror disabled teenager/adult is a safe driver, a trustworthy driver? How do you know your driver isnt on drugs or  alcohol? YOU DONT! You are putting your most important loved one in harms way. I've had 20 yr old females tell me they have had drivers that snell like alcohol or nodding off at lights but they are afraid to say anything or afraid to ask to get out before their stop. 

    Past 2 months I have had 2 different riders one mom and one dad try to enter my car with a child between the ages of 2 and 4. When I say I "sorry I cant take them without proper car seat" both have replied "dont worry they are fine". I then reply "it's against the law and against my better judgement as I will not put your childs life at risk". They look at me like I have 3 heads and they are speechless until it sinks in then the cussing and yelling starts. "How dare you suggest I dont take care of my child blah blah blah.  Sad thing is I do care more about your child. Father after flipping out then replies Ill go get his seat, no thanks because you are going to give me the ole 1 star with some lie that I did or didnt do something sent directly to Uber before you exit my car.  No thanks. Best was i offered to cancel mom so she woukdnt get a cancel fee but she was so pissed at me she canceled causing her to pay the cancellation fee. Oh well THINK  about who you are trusting your children, teenagers, (disabled or not)lives with. I just dont get it. 

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    RedANT
    1075 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I'm reserving judgement until more information is available.  I've had passengers tell me that they're going to XX location, which was different from their actual location, and when we got there they said "oops, it should have been to location ZZ" 

    I drove out of my way to take them where they wanted to go.  Should I have to pay, or should I be penalized, to take them to their true detination? 

    If the guy was able to order a ride and travel alone, he should have the mental faculties to deal with this situation himself. 

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      SpikeSparkle
      161 Rider
       1 year ago

      I agree completley.  For all we know this kid made a mistake or went on a joyride and was later too afraid to tell his mom.

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    amcbeth
    339 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I am confused by this post. It states it was a disabled man. I tried to go to the link but I had to be a member.

    If this happen, then Uber would step in and drop the driver. Joyrides might work for cabs, but not Uber.

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    Wes
    1581 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    The driver would have to be a complete idiot to do something like this.  I'm betting there's more to the story than we know!!!

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    RedANT
    1075 Rider Driver
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    The guys mom says "Uber needs to take responsibility for their drivers." 

    My question is why didn't SHE take responsibility for transporting her son if he really wasn't capable of making the trip unaccompanied?  Why trust him to order his own rides if he lacked the ability to do so safely?

    He's 24 years old, can make statements on TV, has a smart phone to order rides and has his own apartment.  Sounds more like a case of an overprotective mother making a big deal over a minor issue. 

    This is him during the interview:

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    SpikeSparkle
    161 Rider
     1 year ago

    I need more info for sure.  We all need to keep one thing in mind.  Why would any driver be stupid enough to do this as everything is being documented and there is paper trail?!!!

    We are only hearing one side of the story

    - Maybe this kid dropped the pin in the wrong place upon ordering one.

    - Maybe this kid was actually running away but later when caught, he told his mom that it was the drivers' fault.

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    jeremyalastor
    61
     1 year ago

    happens all the time - happened with taxi drivers too though.

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    RobynBradleyWallen
    148
     1 year ago

    The app tells all.  Drivers need to relaize this.  The kid did not put in the wrong address as the map showed them dropping off at the correct address and the backtracking involved.  Other drivers need to realize there are bad seeds out there who do take advantage.   The good thing is unlike taxis there is a followable trail to find these scumbags.