After going for a run this morning with Kim, we stopped by my father-in-law’s house to pick up Lucas. While there I was told of a really crazy and frightening story involving Uber.
An Uber driver allegedly attacked a passenger with a hammer at around 2 AM this past Tuesday.
The incident took place in San Francisco with the passenger involved using Uber X, the service’s lowest cost option.
I was curious to see what the qualifications were needed to be an Uber X driver.
According to Uber, “In order to drive with Uber, you must have your own car with proper insurance. You also must have a valid driver’s license and pass a DMV and background check.”
So basically anyone that clears a DMV and background check can be an Uber X driver. It would make a bit more sense for all drivers to be required to also possess some sort of commercial drivers licence and take a customer service course. Although there is nothing saying that a person couldn’t do all of these things and still be a reckless and potentially dangerous driver…
The man attacked by the hammer was in the car with another man and women. They were picked up at a bar at 2 AM. They got into a dispute with the driver who forced them to get out of the car at an intersection. This is when the attack occurred.
The victim was hit on the side of the head and then the driver drove off.
According to the SF Gate, “When police arrived, they reportedly found the victim slipping in and out of consciousness on the sidewalk, suffering from severe fractures and trauma to the head. Karajah was later arrested at his home in Pacifica“.
The driver, Patrick Karajah pleaded not guilty on Thursday and was freed on $125,000 bail.
I’m not really much of an Uber user (I used it one time, wondering what the big deal was) so I can’t say this news will really affect me. I would think that some people would be more reluctant to use Uber (especially Uber X -where the drivers are not a licensed taxi drivers).
Find out more about this disturbing story from the SF Gate here.
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