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Old 04-02-2019, 05:25 AM
 
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Men are such predators. That guy knew exactly what he was doing, knew she was probably waiting for an uber and took the opportunity.

https://www.gosafr.com/blog/a-women-...-uber-is-here/
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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These companies should be shut down.Period! Whatever happened to the days when you would tell your kids to never get in a car with strangers and nowadays it has become a business!! Crazy!! These companies are only in it for the money.Bring back yellow taxi cabs I say. Also more people are at huge risks when they call these share riding services because one is always told..hey if you drink too much..call one of these.Well of course a drunk person wouldn't be able to really follow the safety precautions..gee because they're too drunk. BUT..wait...at least you would know the difference between getting into a yellow taxi cab versus some black vehicle with maybe a hard to see decal on the vehicle.
They just need to stop all of this.I knew years ago when Uber started to come out that this was a crazy idea....but as usual..money always wins out with these companies over common sense.
It makes me so angry that this happened to that woman.People need to wake up about these 'car services'. Who cares about how cheap these services are compared to a taxi service.It's not worth it



It's nice to see one poster (codergirl) gets it. Yeah, cab drivers are strangers who have been fingerprinted and had a background check. Uber does nothing so they can make as much money as possible. Maybe people will wise up after this and take taxis. But Uber is a little cheaper sometimes, so go ahead and risk your life to save a few cents.
It doesn't have anything to do with "cheap." Often, especially at those hours, Uber/Lyft charge "surge" pricing, which end up being MORE expensive than a standard taxi.
If taxi's operated with an app with live tracking and full driver information the way the Uber and Lyft apps work, I'm SURE more people would be happy to use them. But the antiquated model of hailing down a cab after waiting outside for God-knows-how-long is a thing of the past.
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:51 AM
 
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Who would have thought getting into the back of a car of a total stranger would ever work out wrong?
I heard a college dean call it "online hitchhiking" and she was spot on!

In this case, the guy appeared to be her ride and disabled the rear door handles by engaging the child locks, once the windows were locked then this girl was doomed.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:07 AM
 
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It's nice to see one poster (codergirl) gets it. Yeah, cab drivers are strangers who have been fingerprinted and had a background check. Uber does nothing so they can make as much money as possible. Maybe people will wise up after this and take taxis. But Uber is a little cheaper sometimes, so go ahead and risk your life to save a few cents.
Uberís hiring practice has absolutely nothing to do with this case. You can stop with the sensationalism
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:09 AM
 
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I said this elsewhere but the problem here might well have been a lack of front license plates in SC. The killer was a black dude in a dark sedan. Odds arent awful that the real Uber matched those details. License plate check is easily done in state with required front plates..not in states lacking that. I try to walk to the back of the car to check the plates in such states, but i know some people roll their eyes at that. It can be perceived as rude or wasting time, so theres a subtle pressure for people to just get on with it.
Front plates would have been irrelevant here as the girl was just playing in her phone
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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These companies should be shut down.Period! Whatever happened to the days when you would tell your kids to never get in a car with strangers and nowadays it has become a business!! Crazy!! These companies are only in it for the money.Bring back yellow taxi cabs I say. Also more people are at huge risks when they call these share riding services because one is always told..hey if you drink too much..call one of these.Well of course a drunk person wouldn't be able to really follow the safety precautions..gee because they're too drunk. BUT..wait...at least you would know the difference between getting into a yellow taxi cab versus some black vehicle with maybe a hard to see decal on the vehicle.
They just need to stop all of this.I knew years ago when Uber started to come out that this was a crazy idea....but as usual..money always wins out with these companies over common sense.
It makes me so angry that this happened to that woman.People need to wake up about these 'car services'. Who cares about how cheap these services are compared to a taxi service.It's not worth it

It's nice to see one poster (codergirl) gets it. Yeah, cab drivers are strangers who have been fingerprinted and had a background check. Uber does nothing so they can make as much money as possible. Maybe people will wise up after this and take taxis. But Uber is a little cheaper sometimes, so go ahead and risk your life to save a few cents.
The hysteria is real. In NYC, Uber drivers have to be registered with the city and TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission). They need a TLC license and have the proper stickers on the car window similar to Yellow cabs. Not sure how it is in South Carolina. The states need to require tougher registration if it is not similar to NYC.

The lady made a mistake in randomly getting into a car. She didn't check the license plate, she didn't check the app to see the location of the car, the model of the car, etc. If this lady was indeed drunk and by herself she made herself an easy target. Why didn't her friends share a taxi with her, wait with her for the cab, etc?

Uber/Lyft, etc are not going anywhere.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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The amount of ignorance in this thread is amusing. First off Uber and Lyft DO perform complete background checks including moving violations. To claim this is not done is simply not true, any problems in your background check, or if you have too many moving violations, you are not hired.

There are several safety nets in place for both the rider and passenger. As mentioned the rider can follow the driver's progress on the app, they know exactly where they are. In addition a complete description of the car, including tag number, as well as the name and PICTURE is shown on the app, both the rider and the driver can see a pic of of each other before anyone gets into the car.

Sure this stuff is going to happen, with millions of rides given weekly how can it not? But blaming anyone other than the woman for not confirming the driver is off base.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ
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Actually, the guideline mentioned above should be modified.

Instead of having your driver confirm your name IN the car, you should be confirming it OUTSIDE the car. Perhaps crack the driver or passenger side door open and confirm this information.

In the case of this unfortunate USC woman, authorities that found the suspect's car saw that the child proof locks were engaged on the rear doors.

Based on the comments from the Washington Post article, it appears this is not an isolated incident. Some women have reported drivers posing as Uber trying to get them into the car. And younger women these days seem to be a bit more careless about these matters, and it doesn't help when alcohol is involved. No doubt this guy was a predator who knew what he was doing.
My thoughts, he knew exactly what he was doing, trolling for a victim. The area is frequented by college kids for the bars etc, he is from the area so he knew that, the hour, it was about 1AM or there about. Then he stopped to let her into his car, a stranger who isn't an UBER would not do that.

She got separated from her friends, we have no clue how much she may of had to drink, even one or two cocktails and her mind may of been a tad fuzzy so she didn't check the car, the plate, the driver against the picture UBER sends you.

Very sad and tragic and hopefully young kids will heed this and be super careful when doing UBER or LYFT.

Myself if I go into NYC those big yellow taxis are my mode, have never used an UBER, but this was Columbia SC taxis may not be prevalent
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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Exactly.
Uber/Lyft are basically just modern-day cabs.
Well, no, actually they are modern day gypsy unlicensed unregulated jitney services.


There are reasons why cab drivers and cab companies have to comply with licensing and regulations. Uber/Lyft/etc. have disingenously managed (probably with the help of massive political contributions, and certainly with the help of the general public's credulity toward anything that's "computerized oooh oooh oooh app Iphone ooh ooh ooh") to reposition themselves as "we're not a cab company, we're just making a cellphone app".


They are still gypsy cabs.


Sooner or later the whole Uber thing is going to blow up and there will be a horrible tragedy and the calls for regulation and licensing will start.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:49 AM
 
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Uberís hiring practice has absolutely nothing to do with this case. You can stop with the sensationalism
You are oddly defending the status quo. The OP case is one example of a problem, there is still a problem.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-ne...-storrow-drive

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An Uber driver was arrested on rape charges early Saturday morning after a woman was sexually assaulted on Storrow Drive, according to State Police.
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