Viral video shows spooky encounter with carpool driver
A now-viral video showed the moment a woman’s rideshare driver frighteningly told her to stay in her car as she told him she wanted to get out. The video, posted by Vicky Bond or @_vickybond on TikTok, has been viewed over 137,000 since it was posted on November 14.
In the video, Bond recorded the driver telling him to stay in the car. She said in the comments that the incident took place in Birmingham, England, and claimed the man was an “Uber driver”, however, this has not been confirmed.
“No no no, you will stay in my car,” the driver said in the video.
“No, I don’t want to stay in your car,” Bond replied.
“No because you don’t want to go back to sleep,” said the driver. “You don’t want to go home. You will work with me until 5 o’clock.”
The man then laughed and Bond said she wanted to go home.
Many users in the comments mentioned that they did not feel safe traveling alone in a carpool or taxi due to the risk of harassment or assault.
A recent July lawsuit claimed Uber was aware that drivers sexually assaulted and raped passengers, but did not involve anyone involved or implement better safety measures.
In 2018, Uber said it received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault during the year. A spokesperson for Uber said News week that they temporarily suspend the access of drivers to the application during investigations. According to Uber, once there was enough information about each case, the drivers were banned from the app.
“There is no room for this kind of behavior in the Uber community and we investigate thoroughly when reports are made to us,” a spokesperson said. News week. “As a general rule, we temporarily suspend driver access to the platform during investigations before taking appropriate action which may include permanently removing a driver from the platform. “
In October, Lyft admitted to receiving more than 4,000 reports of sexual assault during trips from 2017 to 2019. The company said about 1,800 reports were from 2019 alone.
Alison Turkos, a woman who sued Lyft after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by her driver, said rideshare companies were ignoring the information.
“Ride-sharing sexual assault is a systemic problem and Lyft actively chooses to ignore” Turkos tweeted. “It’s exhausting holding a billion dollar tech company to account, but I’ll never back down. We deserve better.”
Others in the comments on Bond’s video mentioned that they just thought the driver was trying to joke but was misunderstood.
But many said the interaction was frightening, and some recounted similar situations in which a driver acted inappropriately towards them.
“My taxi driver tried to kiss me once,” one user commented. “I had to get out of the car before I did something I would be in trouble for … because it’s always our fault apparently.”
“I had a driver like this once and have never been alone in a cab or Uber again,” wrote another user. “It was so scary and scary!”
In a follow-up video, Bond released more audio of the interaction.
“You don’t want to go home,” said the driver. “You stay with me.”
The man then laughed and Bond told him she wanted to go home. Many in the comments to the video told Bond to report the driver to the app she was using.
News week has contacted Bond for comment.
Updated 12/1/2021 3:36 PM ET: This story has been updated with a statement from Uber.