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Old 04-06-2019, 07:19 PM
 
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I've used Uber many times, and I have to admit that until I read this thread I had no idea Uber gave the car's license plate!

Having said that, every single Uber driver has asked for me by name when they get out of the car, so I never worried they weren't the real deal. Having my burly hockey playing husband there also made me braver than if I was on my own. If it were just me getting into the car, I'd be much more cautious. As for all the people who are condemning Uber for this...do you know how many people die every year after slipping in the shower? Better stop taking showers! Much safer to go back to the good old days when everyone took spongebaths like god intended.

When I think of all the dumb things I did at 20, I feel nothing but compassion and grief for the young woman who was murdered. It was a naive mistake on her part, and she paid the ultimate nightmare price for it. Her poor, poor family. Some people truly are evil, man. It's hard to keep the faith in humanity on days like this.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, all of these are fertile stalking grounds for predators and degenerates that mix in with honest hard working folks.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Fla
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.do you know how many people die every year after slipping in the shower? Better stop taking showers! Much safer to go back to the good old days when everyone took spongebaths like god intended.

really? ... I mean really? what has slipping in the shower and sponge baths got to do with the topic and why do you even think GOD intended us to only take sponge baths?


We are talking about a woman getting in to a car with a STRANGER and being attacked and KILLED! THERE IS NO COMPARISON!
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:31 PM
 
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.do you know how many people die every year after slipping in the shower? Better stop taking showers! Much safer to go back to the good old days when everyone took spongebaths like god intended.

really? ... I mean really? what has slipping in the shower and sponge baths got to do with the topic and why do you even think GOD intended us to only take sponge baths?


We are talking about a woman getting in to a car with a STRANGER and being attacked and KILLED! THERE IS NO COMPARISON!
She is talking about the relative safety of Uber. She is speaking to those posters who use this to say using Uber is a high-risk endeavor, and to point out to them that statistically speaking, it’s really not. Why are you shouting?
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Old Yesterday, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Sugarland
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I've used Uber many times, and I have to admit that until I read this thread I had no idea Uber gave the car's license plate!

Having said that, every single Uber driver has asked for me by name when they get out of the car, so I never worried they weren't the real deal. Having my burly hockey playing husband there also made me braver than if I was on my own. If it were just me getting into the car, I'd be much more cautious. As for all the people who are condemning Uber for this...do you know how many people die every year after slipping in the shower? Better stop taking showers! Much safer to go back to the good old days when everyone took spongebaths like god intended.

When I think of all the dumb things I did at 20, I feel nothing but compassion and grief for the young woman who was murdered. It was a naive mistake on her part, and she paid the ultimate nightmare price for it. Her poor, poor family. Some people truly are evil, man. It's hard to keep the faith in humanity on days like this.
You must not be the one actually going into the app and ordering the Uber because there's no way you wouldn't notice that they provide the license plate number. Also, I've never had an Uber driver get out of the car to announce their arrival. Is that because you were just standing there with your husband not checking the license plate and not getting into the car, so they finally got out and said, "Hey, are you Posh66? I'm your Uber driver."
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Old Yesterday, 07:12 AM
 
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You must not be the one actually going into the app and ordering the Uber because there's no way you wouldn't notice that they provide the license plate number. Also, I've never had an Uber driver get out of the car to announce their arrival. Is that because you were just standing there with your husband not checking the license plate and not getting into the car, so they finally got out and said, "Hey, are you Posh66? I'm your Uber driver."
Agreed. The only time I've had a driver get out of the car is when I've had luggage with me and they're kind enough to assist me.
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Old Yesterday, 07:35 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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Very stringent standards in London are very unique to your area. I saw a show about it once, it seem like becoming a taxi driver there was akin to getting into Harvard, lots of studying, competition, and extensive training. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world that has those same standards.

But if I just hop in a cab that sitting outside of Atlantic City Casino (AC as other cities has had issues with gypsy cabs) chances are high that cab is unregulated and the driver has not been background checked. And not a soul knows where I am. That regard, Uber is safer because there are records that I am in that car and tracking of it too.

Thanks for recognising that ocnjgirl, when I was doing “The Knowledge”, there were two guys that I knew who had dropped out of university to earn their badge, as at that time, (early seventies), driving a licenced taxi in London was equated with a licence to print money.
We have the same trouble over here with what you call “gipsy cabs”, they hang around outside clubs, theatres, restaurants, etc., in the hope of scooping up someone who’s not streetwise, just eager to get home, they’re almost all just ordinary guys with a saloon car, no Uber or minicab licence, nothing, nada.
My wife and I came out of Coq d’Argent, an upscale French restaurant in the Financial District recently, and were accosted by one of these jerks, “Taxi Sir?”
I fished my badge out of my back pocket, showed it to him, and said, “Yes, if you see one, tell him I’m walking down King William St, toward London Bridge, thanks a lot.”
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 AM
 
Location: A tropical island
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I read an article that states a former classmate started a petition to have Uber use QR codes. She wants it to either be on the vehicle window or have the driver display it so you can scan it before you get in. The petition has gotten a lot of signatures.

IMO, if some people do not check the plate why would they bother to scan a QR code? They need to push for people to be more aware, take safety precautions, and use the safety features available instead of introducing something new that may not be effective.

Former classmate of Samantha Josephson starts online petition, says no one is to blame except her accused killer
If Uber wants to truly be safer, and protect their reputation, they need to make this scan ESSENTIAL. Like, the driver wouldn't get paid unless this scan was done before the trip.

Yes, on the one hand, every rider needs to follow every currently existing safeguard, but if Uber had a built-in fail-safe, it would be another deep layer of protection.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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If Uber wants to truly be safer, and protect their reputation, they need to make this scan ESSENTIAL. Like, the driver wouldn't get paid unless this scan was done before the trip.

Yes, on the one hand, every rider needs to follow every currently existing safeguard, but if Uber had a built-in fail-safe, it would be another deep layer of protection.
This wouldn't work too well, since many people call Uber for friends/relatives from a distance.
If I call Uber for my friend to get to my home from the airport, how am I supposed to scan the QR code?

The current safeguards, IMO, are plenty. People just need to use them.
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Old Yesterday, 09:49 AM
 
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This wouldn't work too well, since many people call Uber for friends/relatives from a distance.
If I call Uber for my friend to get to my home from the airport, how am I supposed to scan the QR code?

The current safeguards, IMO, are plenty. People just need to use them.
Or my last phone's back lens was cracked. Everything was completely out of focus. I don't know if I would have been able to scan a QR code. Would that mean someone with a broken phone camera can't use Uber? Or my phone's camera won't even open if I'm below 15% battery, so I don't know if scanning a QR code in an app would work if I had a low battery.

Yes, having the driver's name, picture, license plate number, car make/model/color, and the car's location seems like enough safeguards. There is no way that a fake Uber car with a murderous driver is going to show up to the exact location with the same car and license plate as your Uber driver and look like the real Uber driver as well. Not happening, so the QR code is unnecessary.
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