Ride-share companies are facing increased pressure to ensure their users’ safety and to provide better identification for their drivers after the death of Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student who was killed last weekend after she got into a car she believed was her Uber.
The Times’s Jack Healy reported Thursday about other incidents in which ride-share users, mostly young women, have been assaulted, kidnapped or robbed by someone posing as a driver. Uber sent an email to customers on Thursday imploring them to “Check your ride, every time.”
Here are some of those responses, which have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
I was lucky!
A few years ago I was visiting New York and decided to use the Uber app I had read about to go to the Metropolitan Opera. I stood on the curb outside my hotel looking at my phone as a Lincoln Town Car pulled up.
“Are you my Uber?” I naïvely asked.
“Yes. Yes. Get in.”
When we arrived at Lincoln Center the driver asked for . “Doesn’t this go on my account?” I handed him the money and stepped out of the car, somewhat puzzled by my first Uber experience. Later, when I checked my voice mail, my real Uber driver said, “I am here at the Carlyle Hotel … ”
I have since learned to verify all the driver details before getting in a car. — Kathryn Ryder Boussemart, 63, Palm Beach, Fla.
I was leaving a club in a desolate part of the city in the small hours of the morning and got into the only car waiting on the block thinking it was my Lyft. The guy had a box of doughnuts in the back and I told him I would move them and started small talk. Before we got to the end of the block he stopped and said, “I am not your driver,” so I got out, in shock. I probably would have figured it out myself within the next couple of minutes but whoa was that a close call! I am increasingly choosing to drive myself if I can chance the parking situation in the city, which I increasingly do since it is a much better experience than rolling the dice with a Lyft/Uber. On that note, this urban dweller will not be relinquishing her car anytime soon. — Julia V., 33, San Francisco
I’m currently studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. It’s actually quite common here for the car to not match what the app says; people borrow their friend’s cars, or drivers have their original account suspended so they share a profile with a friend.
My tactic is to always check that they have my profile up on their phones. There was a ride I took where the driver canceled the trip on the app as soon as we got in the car (I don’t have data service here so I didn’t find this out until I got to Wi-Fi) and drove us around the city, ignoring our directions. He charged us three times the average toll, and Uber can’t do anything about this since the trip was technically canceled.
If I could do it over again, I’d get out of the car as soon as I suspected he was trying to scam us. It’s hard to know when you’re doing the right thing in such an intimidating situation. — Liz Roberts, 21, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Recently, I decided to try a Lyft in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., where I vacation. When the car arrived, there was already one female passenger. I noted that the license plate did not match the plate indicated on the app, and pointed this out to the driver, who said, “Sometimes I drive a different car.” His face did match the app photo.
He pulled away and should have driven straight west. However, he left course and drove to a less populated industrial area. I asked him where he was going. He said, “To pick someone else up.”
Four miles later, I told him to “let me out of the car.” The other female passenger did not speak English and she agreed this felt “wrong in some way.” I didn’t want to leave her alone. The uncommunicative driver said he “couldn’t find his pickup” and wanted me to calm down. I said, “I do not like this.” I pretended to be on a phone call with a loved one (a very protective and angry loved one), describing the area, giving the license plate, the driver’s name and street names.
He did not slow down but did turn around and head to the most direct route. What should have been simple turned into something else.
Immediately following I contacted Lyft and asked them to respond to my concerns. What I got was a standard email that dismissed my concerns. The email said, “OOPS that’s on us” and “sometimes our drivers are asked to pick up … ” Not what I expected. The Lyft response was unacceptable and made me rethink this whole Lyft/Uber thing. — Rebecca Krueger, 53, Bay Village, Ohio
After parking my car recently, a young woman jumped in the back seat thinking I was her Uber ride. She was so careless that she did not even notice I had no Uber decal. After some confusion on both our parts, she spotted her actual Uber ride, apologized and jumped out. Her Uber ride car was not even the same color as mine.
I hope this horrible story will get people to be a lot more careful, but ride-share companies need to come up with solutions not only for people who are paying attention, but those who are not. It is very easy to get distracted when you are with a group having fun and in many other scenarios. — Michael Rodriguez, 55, Corvallis, Ore.
I am a driver. I can’t tell you how many times people try to hop in my car without looking and think I am their driver. There are bad actors out there, and you are the first person responsible for your safety. I can go on with hundreds of stories, but I am going to leave the ladies here some advice.
If you are in a situation where you actually have someone who you think may not be a legitimate driver, fake it that you are receiving a phone call. Act extremely upset that your loved one was just rushed to a hospital. Tell the driver to bring you straight to the local emergency room.
Now why do you ask about the emergency room? Simple, they are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are always people there, and there is almost always a cop stationed there. Go inside and wait for the driver to leave, and then order a new car. — Matthew J. Andras, 48, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Unfortunately, I regularly experience men telling me that they are my Uber driver when I am waiting for an Uber in Boston. It usually happens when I am waiting alone for an Uber outside of a bar or other highly trafficked spot. I have never gotten into one of these cars and I am fortunate that the first time that it happened I was walking where I needed to go and hadn’t called for a ride-share. — Sara Goldman, 22, Boston
This happens to young women far more often than is reported. I had a similar situation in 2016 in Washington, waiting for an Uber on Wisconsin Avenue (in a well-lit, wealthy area). As my Uber X was supposed to arrive, a black car pulled up like clockwork. The driver rolled down the window and said he was my ride.
As I was about to open the door and get in, something didn’t feel right. I hesitated and checked my app to make sure it was my car. He became increasingly insistent that he was my ride, and that he could give me a ride to wherever I want to go. Thankfully I realized he wasn’t an Uber driver and politely declined his ride. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t know this was a growing problem and didn’t know how to report it. Predatory drivers are scanning the sidewalks seeking women waiting for Ubers, even in areas you wouldn’t expect. — Amy Casey, 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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生肖龙今日运势查询【魔】【界】【地】【域】【广】【阔】，【魔】【城】【就】【更】【是】【大】。 【绵】【延】【的】【城】【墙】【一】【眼】【都】【望】【不】【到】【边】。 【而】【此】【时】【这】【望】【不】【到】【边】【的】【魔】【城】，【密】【密】【麻】【麻】【布】【满】【红】【名】。 【战】【场】【的】【厮】【杀】【声】【冲】【破】【天】【际】，【能】【震】【破】【人】【的】【耳】【膜】。 “【轰】”【一】【声】【巨】【响】【在】【空】【中】【炸】【裂】，【天】【空】【都】【好】【似】【被】【撕】【裂】【开】【来】。 【被】【光】【照】【的】【明】【明】【灭】【灭】【的】【一】【花】【一】【魔】【才】【回】【过】【神】【来】。 【小】【恶】【魔】【转】【头】【就】【要】【跑】。 “【伙】【伴】，
【魏】【禾】【第】【三】【次】【掀】【开】【被】【子】【下】【床】【打】【开】【了】【房】【门】。 【站】【在】【门】【口】【的】【少】【年】【面】【色】【极】【为】【苍】【白】，【尽】【管】【是】【在】【极】【为】【黑】【的】【夜】【里】，【也】【能】【看】【到】【他】【眉】【目】【间】【的】【病】【态】。 【魏】【禾】【好】【脾】【气】【的】【道】：“【你】【睡】【不】【睡】【觉】【了】？” “【好】【冷】【啊】。”【殷】【骆】【弱】**【怜】【又】【无】【助】【的】【在】【魏】【禾】【面】【前】【缓】【缓】【的】【蹲】【下】，【虚】【弱】【道】：“【冷】【的】【睡】【不】【着】，【只】【能】【起】【来】【站】【在】【这】【里】【了】。” “【你】【一】【个】【鬼】，【冷】【什】【么】
【江】【阳】【直】【到】【九】【点】【半】，【才】【堪】【堪】【忙】【完】。【店】【里】【的】【客】【人】【没】【有】【走】【光】，【但】【是】【也】【没】【什】【么】【新】【的】【客】【人】【再】【来】。 【邓】【姨】【半】【个】【小】【时】【前】【就】【走】【了】，【江】【阳】【后】【面】【都】【是】【一】【个】【人】【忙】【的】。 【去】【厨】【房】【弄】【了】【两】【道】【菜】，【端】【来】【放】【在】【孟】【晚】【秋】【面】【前】。 “【终】【于】【可】【以】【吃】【饭】【了】，【饿】【坏】【了】【吧】？”【江】【阳】【问】【道】。 【孟】【晚】【秋】【笑】【道】：“【还】【好】，【我】【静】【静】【的】【坐】【着】【倒】【不】【是】【很】【饿】。” 【两】【人】【说】【笑】【着】
【苏】【月】【笙】【凭】【借】【地】【命】【归】【源】【在】【漩】【涡】【中】【得】【到】【了】【风】【系】【至】【宝】【怒】【裂】【刀】，【第】【九】【方】【道】【轮】【也】【将】【五】【衰】【之】【力】【给】【清】【除】，【整】【个】【人】【从】【老】【年】【的】【状】【态】【恢】【复】【到】【了】【年】【轻】【人】【的】【样】【子】，【而】【且】【苏】【月】【笙】【最】【终】【合】【道】，【以】【镇】【天】【祖】【石】，【万】【流】【神】【玉】，【始】【霆】【之】【斧】，【地】【命】【元】【灵】，【怒】【裂】【刀】【衍】【化】【天】【地】【道】，【以】【时】【空】【之】【轮】【和】【岁】【月】【祭】【坛】【融】【合】【了】【本】【命】【道】，【以】【万】【古】【昭】【剑】【融】【合】【了】【苍】【天】【道】，【最】【终】【以】【自】【己】【的】【真】【身】【融】生肖龙今日运势查询【就】【连】【杜】【若】【都】【听】【的】【一】【愣】。 “【这】【乐】【念】【怎】【么】【回】【事】，【这】【是】【阵】【前】【倒】【戈】【了】【吗】？”【业】【小】【花】【听】【的】【喜】【笑】【颜】【开】，“【她】【这】【决】【定】【可】【真】【是】【太】【好】【了】，【大】【祭】【司】【法】【印】【就】【在】【花】【魂】【堂】【里】，【等】【重】【启】【了】【法】【印】，【咱】【们】【来】【花】【鬼】【界】【的】【任】【务】【可】【就】【完】【成】【一】【大】【半】【了】！” 【杜】【若】【回】【过】【神】【没】【好】【气】，“【我】【倒】【希】【望】【这】【是】【真】【的】。”【可】【那】【有】【那】【么】【简】【单】？ 【果】【然】，【陆】【陆】【续】【续】【回】【过】【神】【的】【长】【老】【们】
“【我】【求】【求】【你】，【求】【求】【你】【救】【救】【我】。”【桔】【朵】【看】【着】【沐】【小】【白】【瞬】【间】【哭】【了】。 “【你】【先】【别】【哭】，【你】【先】【和】【我】【说】【怎】【么】【回】【事】。” “【我】【不】【是】【我】【父】【亲】【的】【亲】【生】【女】【儿】，【我】【的】【母】【亲】【和】【父】【亲】【是】【二】【婚】。【我】【们】【家】【的】【公】【司】【有】【两】【个】【投】【资】【人】，【一】【个】【是】【你】【还】【有】【一】【个】【是】【一】【个】【三】【十】【岁】【的】【男】【人】。【我】【父】【亲】【为】【了】【拉】【他】【的】【投】【资】，【把】【我】【送】【到】【了】【他】【的】【床】【上】，【但】【是】【那】【个】【人】【的】【癖】【好】【非】【常】【的】【恐】【怖】，
【居】【然】【是】【活】【人】，【能】【够】【正】【常】【沟】【通】？ 【许】【纤】【纤】【先】【是】【一】【愣】，【随】【后】【将】【即】【将】【出】【鞘】【的】【小】**【按】【了】【回】【去】，【点】【了】【点】【头】：“【我】【是】【被】【拉】【入】【这】【个】【噩】【梦】【的】【人】【类】，【你】【们】【知】【道】【怎】【么】【从】【这】【里】【脱】【离】【出】【去】【吗】？” 【女】【孩】【说】【的】【很】【慢】，【话】【语】【里】【还】【带】【着】【一】【些】【语】【法】【错】【误】，【但】【并】【不】【妨】【碍】【杰】【克】【统】【领】【的】【理】【解】。 【他】【先】【是】【一】【惊】，【上】【下】【打】【量】【了】【几】【眼】【女】【孩】，【似】【乎】【在】【辨】【认】【什】【么】，【在】【感】