Top Three Uber, Lyft Knuckleheads of the Week
We think you’ll agree—when all is said and read—that “knuckleheads” is being generous here.
Knucklehead #3: Uber driver in Portsmouth arrested after posing as social worker
An Uber driver was charged with attempting to impersonate a social worker in order to sign a female student out of Portsmouth High School in Rhode Island. According to reports, the 26-year-old driver told a school employee that he worked for the Department of Children, Youth and Families. When the school employee asked for identification, the driver said he was new and hadn’t received it yet.
The high school refused to release the girl, and the driver was later arrested.
In the course of the investigation, it emerged the high school girl had arranged a cash trip with the driver.
Knucklehead #2: Man allowed to drive for Lyft despite terrorism aide conviction
A Chicago Lyft driver was reportedly recently released from prison after serving seven years for aiding an individual with ties to terrorism.
After getting out, he failed a background check from a Chicago cab company. He even failed Uber’s check.
But Lyft passed him.
In response to an investigative news story, the driver reportedly stated: “They should check my background before they give me the job. That’s their problem, not my problem.”
Here comes the King of the Knuckleheads. (For this week).
An Uber driver in San Antonio, Texas was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a woman passenger who had fallen asleep in his car. According to reports, the evidence is damning: Her DNA was found on the driver after a Sexual Assault Nurse’s Exam was performed.
As the driver was being booked, he reportedly yelled out to reporters: “She was drunk.”
It’s galling that an accused rapist would publicly blame his victim, if indeed that was his point. And yet, the scenario of an intoxicated woman rider being allegedly sexually assaulted by an Uber driver is so frustratingly common it begs the question:
Couldn’t Uber work with RAINN to put together a basic orientation for beginning drivers designed to prevent these life-shattering sexual assaults and maybe keep some drivers out of prison?