Earlier this month, Uber began to roll out a long-awaited tipping feature in their ride-sharing app, allowing passengers to tip their drivers either $1, $2, $5, or a custom amount for excellent service. Not on the list of options, however: fellatio.
Gizmodo reports that Uber has suspended a Boston driver seen in a video kissing, canoodling, and apparently receiving a beej from an intoxicated female passenger in the front seat, all while driving another horrified passenger in the back seat who recorded the whole thing on his phone last week.
According to a Facebook post on Uber’s page, Aner Manuel summoned a private Uber X in Boston on the night of July 16 and was surprised when his driver arrived with a woman already in the passenger seat.
He writes that he assumed the woman was a relative of the driver, though Uber drivers are not allowed to have anyone other than paying riders with them when they’re working. But things apparently took a turn for the worse right away, as the woman “appeared to be on drugs” and tried to open the car door as the unwitting threesome drove away.
The driver and his paramour soon began kissing and grabbing at each other as the trip continued, and Manuel grew increasingly uncomfortable until suddenly the woman ripped off the driver’s belt, leaned over, and starting giving him the full Lewinksy.
That was enough for Manuel; you can hear him at the very end of the clip saying “Right here is good,” bailing in an unfamiliar neighborhood to escape the awkward (and potentially dangerous) situation.
Manuel says he immediately reported the encounter to Uber, who refunded him for the ride and gave him an extra $10 credit and some lip service about “investigating.” But the company was less sanguine with Gizmodo—a spokesperson called the video “appalling” and said the driver had been “removed” from the service.
On Sunday July 16th I received the most dangerous and inappropriate uber ride ever. As I approached my uber, I noticed there was a passenger in the front seat. I double checked to make sure I didn’t select UberPool, and then approached the car. I assumed it may have been a family member of some sort.
As we pulled off the female in the front (who was clearly on drugs) attempted to open the door and could not even sit straight as the vehicle was in motion. She then began to grope him and grab him.
They began to kiss and she began loosening his belt. As we got further and further from my pickup location I had no idea where I was, so I had to stay in the car. She then proceeded to perform oral sex. This was my last straw. I asked the driver to drop me off. Since I’ve contacted uber and they refunded me for trip and gave me a “$10 credit”.
They’ve seen this video and are still “investigating”. They have been extremely bad at answering any messages I’ve sent, and I demand something gets done. This is not okay!