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Why did my Uber driver take pictures of my girlfriend puking?

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KaySHarvey
 Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Alright, I will admit.  She had way too much to drink, and she was foaming at the mouth.  Then she began to throw up on her shirt and skirt.  Yes, I feel horrible, but I think we managed to not get any puke on the upholstery.

In any case, the driver pulls over (which is fine) and starts to snap pics, from different angles, with and wihout flash.  It was totally uncalled for.  In fact, I feel it criminal as he took pictures of my girl who was not feeling well.  Upon asking, he told me he needed records.

What is he talking about?  What a creep.

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    PeterAshlock
     7 months ago

    All this talk about "gaming the system" leaves me baffled. Why anyone thinks they are going to make much money by tricking a customer or Uber/Lyft into a payment, is really more trouble than it's worth. What it proves to me is that the so called culture of the drivers in these services are no different and no better than the cab drivers the newer systems were alleged to replace. This kind of work attracts a certain share of mostly male, lazy drivers who seem to see the system as an opportunity to scam and get money for less effort.

    When I drove a cab there were drivers who bragged about taking tourists the long way around in order to increase the fare. What they neglected to realize was that you make more money by carrying MORE PASSENGERS than you do by robbing the ones you have!

    People know that there is a culture of deception, they can smell when people are not on the level and those who don't have time to just do the job and get on with it make it harder for those who are here ...

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    All this talk about "gaming the system" leaves me baffled. Why anyone thinks they are going to make much money by tricking a customer or Uber/Lyft into a payment, is really more trouble than it's worth. What it proves to me is that the so called culture of the drivers in these services are no different and no better than the cab drivers the newer systems were alleged to replace. This kind of work attracts a certain share of mostly male, lazy drivers who seem to see the system as an opportunity to scam and get money for less effort.

    When I drove a cab there were drivers who bragged about taking tourists the long way around in order to increase the fare. What they neglected to realize was that you make more money by carrying MORE PASSENGERS than you do by robbing the ones you have!

    People know that there is a culture of deception, they can smell when people are not on the level and those who don't have time to just do the job and get on with it make it harder for those who are here to work.

    As far as "fake vomit" and other scams, doesn't anyone check the metadata on the digitial image that shows exactly when an image was taken? I experimentend with this with Lyft a few months ago when I had a fender bender and they wanted images of the damage to the car. I sent them the right images, but I stripped the metadata and they refused to accept the images until I gave them an image that included the correct data. So why would fake vomit pictures be of any use? Are drivers eating pizza, drinking ipekac and taking pictures of their own vomit in order to rip off passengers?

    Some people have no class. I guess that is how they want the world to treat them, and it probably will.

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      SmittenKitten
      1637 Rider
       7 months ago

      You can fake the metadata pretty easily.  Plus, you can even take a pic of a pic.  Sigh, I know.  In fact, this would be an example of what you say about it being too much trouble.

      Then again, it's sad that Lyft cannot trust any of the claims and has to resort to checking the details on the files for deception.  I feel bad for Uber and Lyft who have to fight these mud-slinging cat-and-mouse fraud war taking place between riders and drivers.

      Did you see the water bottle trick below? It's good to see Lyft fighting back with checking the metadata, but that'll be hard to catch.

      https://ride.guru/lounge/p/why-did-uber-drivers-take-pictures-of-my-girlfriend-puking#comment-3588

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    DonutDrivers
    234 Driver Driver
     2 months ago

    As of September of 2018, it's against Uber's policies to post pictures or videos of passengers. So the drivers cannot do this anymore. (Yes, it's a bit controversial as the cars are theirs and they should be able to record. Can they post? I guess that's the remaining question.)

    Uber and Lyft confirm drivers can’t broadcast videos of passengers after a string of privacy incidents


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    BGraft89
    601 Rider Driver
     10 months ago

    I am a driver.  I have heard of fake vomits, but the easiest trick I heard about is to just pour a bottle of water and then call it is pee.   You can't tell the difference in a photo.  Just wait to dry.  

    No, I have not done this.  It's sure to trigger a conflict, and eventually it'll catch up.  

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      Peterthebull
      140
       10 months ago

      This is why we can't have nice things.  Why does the society be like this.

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      CrazyCrayons
      130
       10 months ago

      like this?

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        RMaddox
        108 Rider
         10 months ago

        Why is the water beading on that seat.  Is that some hydrophobic carseat? I want it.

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    JBurdHop
    183 Rider
     10 months ago

    Come on, man. Do drivers really do this?

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      SmittenKitten
      1637 Rider
       10 months ago

      Yeah, they do.  Probably not as blatant as you might suspect.   These scenarios are more realistic of what happens:

      1) You do throw up *a little* in a vehicle.  Then the driver exaggerates it by making more mess (that's relatively easy to clean up) before taking a picture.  This enables the driver to claim a higher cleaning fee.  Since the rider is expecting a charge, this reduces the chance they will dispute.

      2) You are completely drunk and most likely won't remember.  Then the driver makes up a mess, whether it's doritos on the floor or water on the seat.  The passenger has a hazy memory and believes that the mess was indeed created by them.

      3) Multiple passengers, i.e. diffusion of responsibility.  When there are multiple people or multiple stops, the blame is spread across multiple people, and it becomes more difficult to dispute.  So large parties, with multiple stops? Be careful and keep an eye peeled for those weird cleaning fees.

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        bBerman81
        239 Rider
         10 months ago

        I was laughing and scoffing and completely being skeptical about this scam. You just made so much sense that now I am completely angry about this scam.

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        bombazine
         7 months ago

        What. You throw up "a little"? Have you ever thrown up in your life? There is no "a little". Certainly not if it is alcohol puke, which has to be the vast majority of these cases. You either throw up a whole stomach, or you don't throw up.

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        JBurdHop
        183 Rider
         10 months ago

        boy you smaht.

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    CTG07
    220 Rider
     9 months ago

    I would have knocked the guy out. No need to take pictures.

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    Bigfrank
    305 Driver Driver Rider
     3 months ago

    Your a idiot for letting your girlfriend get embarrassingly wasted  .Is she a blonde ?  I would have  jerked  her head  back and forth until the last drop of puke came out of her . Then call a car.  

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    CasPer
    325 Rider
     9 months ago

    Obviously he was a pervert.  Such weirdo

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    bett
    Rider
     10 months ago

    I get the driver needs evidence but that is just gross man. I would hate knowing there are pictures of me out there puking...

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    LazarST
     10 months ago

    People are thinking too hard on this thread.  Obviously the driver is a creep and wanted pics of a girl in distress.  sicko.