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So terrible. Passenger rapes female Uber driver.

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blackandyellow
142
 Posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Luckily, they were able to track the guy home through the app. Maybe they should start vetting passengers more as this guy had multiple past offenses.

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/police-investigate-assault-outside-of-uptown-charlotte-storage-facility/782158954

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    HuhnHuhn
    127 Rider
     2 years ago

    They really do have to hide driver information so certain drivers, so they do not get discriminated against or targetted.

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    wraiththe
    199 Driver
     2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

    I thought they used to have it required that people put their face up in the profile... so  you would not pick them up if not the same person?    Similarly drivers with photos and car description. 

    Also, one company requires credit cards sign up, another will accept other forms of payment.  Which is why I often wind up calling people and the numbers are not valid and if I cannot find them... it is very inconvenient and suspicious... even scary at times.   

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      SmittenKitten
      2043 Rider
       2 years ago

      Assuming it was he was using his own Uber account, yeah, Uber should have known who he was right away.  I considered that to be a good first line of defense.  Your name and account being associated.  Drivers aren't picking up complete unidentifiable strangers.

      Then again, the law is weird.  Without the dashcam proof, there is a level of uncertainty that someone else could have used this man's account and called Uber.  Potentially, someone else could have used the account, or someone could have jumped on the car before the account holder could.

      Dashcam, where this man's face is seen committing the crime.  That's hard evidence.

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      mboscorelli
      250 Rider
       2 years ago

      I don't think Uber checks the passenger profile pics.  They don't require copies of licenses (for riders), so how would they, right?

      Uber at least checks that.  Plus the occasional selfie check that they do in some markets.

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      hanktoto
      167 Rider Driver
       2 years ago

      Right, there really isn't any safety measures for the drivers. I know they cannot background check riders but at least let us see the person/have a little info. Though I guess people could just discriminate certain riders which is probably why Uber does not do this.

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        wraiththe
        199 Driver
         2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

        I thought both Uber and Lyft require drivers License pictures and a profile pic.  Furthermore at least one of them will randomly stop the app and make you validate who you are with a snapshot.

        I have picked up dozens of passengers... female name and a guy gets in the car... and guy/girl.  (maybe some guy wants me to give his girlfriend a ride... or the like.)  

        Dozens where the pick up location is across the street, or nextdoor... and I call to verify where they are and either they apologize that the GPS is messed up... or the number winds up being invalid.

        One customer said they use a gift card... and they had to make a new account.  Another said they changed phone numbers and they would not let him change the number in the system.   

        I wish I knew more, and could help them fix it, but... and I hate to say it... I think it is intentional sometimes.   Passengers should be required to show their pictures.

        Now if a driver fakes his identity... he/she should be banned... 

        FYI, I would never do this with out a dual dashcam.  Too dangerous.

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          KUrlerPhi
          70
           2 years ago

          What's a duel dashcam. Obviously two cameras.  Is that like front-facing and back-facing kind of thing?

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          johnfrater
          20
           2 years ago

          Good point about picking up passengers that do not match the profile/name. This happens quite a bit with friends/lovers trying to give others rides on their account.

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    CaptainChampion
    127
     2 years ago

    article: "Ride sharing companies do not offer extensive safety training because drivers are classified as independent contractors, not employees."

    Sounds like a total cop out.

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      h8terA
      14
       2 years ago

      Uber is just one big "cop out". A taxi company skirting around all the taxi rules.

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    CrazyCrayons
    145
     2 years ago

    This is why we cannot have nice things.  Male and female drivers working together.

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    RedANT
    1069 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    *  Safety first before picking up people that set off your spidey senses. 

    *  ALWAYS HAVE A DASHCAM IN YOUR CAR RECORDING PASSENGERS.

    *  Learn self defense. 

    *  Know the location of all local police and fire stations.

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    If a passenger tries to sexually assault you, drive to the nearest police or fire station and scream for help.  If he tries to stop you, kick his ass or make sure to inflict wounds to his face, etc. to prove that sex was NOT consensual. 

    As a last resort, if you're being assaulted and in imminent danger, remember:  YOU'RE THE DRIVER.  Hit your accelerator and ram a telephone pole or other object.  The impact should deploy your airbag, and will probably disorient your attacker long enough for you to escape. 

    SAFETY FIRST

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    donbon
    85
     2 years ago

    This is why Uber needs a "Uber for Females" option.

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      Whoispeggy_1955
      4 Rider Driver
       2 years ago

      Yep. I’m s women and drive only nites. Women are so happy when they get me. 

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        eshughes77
        116
         2 years ago

        So many people are vying for female rideshares, but I hear they are struggling, due to driver recruitment.  There are legal complexities where hiring only women become questionable in terms of its legality.   I also hear the concern where criminals may potentially use these "Uber for female" services to target female drivers or passengers, simply by requesting it.  

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    actingfool
    83
     2 years ago

    Does anyone else feel bad "upvoting this"?

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    eForceX77
    113
     2 years ago

    Need a background check on passengers.