Services like Uber and Lyft have no doubt changed the game in transportation. They’re quick, convenient services for the modern traveler. However, before jumping in, you need to make sure they’re actually for hire. Several people have been hopping into strange people’s cars, mistaking them for Uber when they’re not.
Valleywag’s Nitasha Tiku spoke to Tech Investor Ashwin Deshmukh, who said, “Basically anytime I’m pulled over on the side of the street, someone tries to hail me or just opens my car door…If I pull-up at a food truck in Williamsburg, there will be four guys asking, ’Can you take us to Long Island?” According to Deshmukh, “The best line so far is, ’Are you Uber? Well can you just be, can we go?'”
This is sadly not a drill or a joke. Here are some other incidences where innocent people have been mistaken for Uber:
Tonight marks the second time a random person has tried to get in my car because they thought I was an Uber driver. THE SECOND TIME.
— Jamie Coletta (@jamiecoletta) February 7, 2014
the uber effect: a random dude just tried to get in my car. #sfpriusproblems
— Elaine Filadelfo (@urchkin) June 10, 2014
"Are you Lyft? OH MY GOD YOU'RE NOT." – the woman who got in my car while I was trying to park
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 14, 2014
It’s a crazy world out there, folks. Buckle up, lock your doors, and don’t drive with strange people, okay?