You hear lots of stories about women being assaulted by ride-share drivers in the news and on TV shows like Law & Order SVU, but you never think it will happen to you.
Unfortunately, that nightmare became a reality for one Canadian student in Ottawa, who is warning people to be extra cautious after she experienced one of the most horrifying Uber rides ever.
A student at Algonquin College in Ottawa posted a screenshot of an Uber trip on Facebook, and saying how she narrowly avoided being kidnapped and possibly assaulted by the driver.
She says in the original post shown below that she was taking a trip through Ottawa when the driver, who is named Abraham according to his Uber profile in the screenshot, kept taking wrong turns. Initially, she thought he was just a terrible driver and began giving him directions. Her first red flag was when allegedly he started yelling at her.
According to her post, the driver then began driving in the complete opposite direction. She got very worried at that point, understandably, and told him to either start going the right way or pull over to let her out. According to her, he didn't.
Instead, the driver allegedly screamed at her to "Shut up!" and continued driving the wrong way, which is what she says led her to jump out of a moving car because of how terrified she was.
To make matters worse, she says when she reported the incident to Uber she only received a refund for her ride, which according to her screenshot was around $11 and they told her that her complaint was solved. She says has also filed a police report related to the instance.
This is at least the third incident involving Uber drivers in Ontario this year. In January, a Toronto Uber driver was charged for assaulting a 20-year-old passenger in the downtown area. In February, another driver in Waterloo was charged for assaulting a female passenger and also for forcible confinement.
The woman's Facebook post has been shared over 2000 times by people in Ottawa, especially women, warning each other to be extra cautious and especially avoid this particular driver and some have even let her know they've reported that same driver before. According to the original post, the driver's name is Abraham and he drives a Toyota Camry with the license plate BFPW 215.