A driver for Uber recently shared a story of how a female passenger requested he pretend to be her boyfriend so she could escape from a stranger.
Brandon Gale shares what happened while he was driving one night when he received an odd request in his app.
“Last night, while driving for Uber, I got a call to pick up a woman from over by the fair. About 30 seconds after accepting the ride, the rider sent me a message via the app.”
She had messaged Gale to ask if he could pretend to be her boyfriend.
“I didn’t know to what capacity she meant, so I asked, “What do you mean?” She then said, “I just need you to act like you know me, and that you’re not my Uber driver.”
Before he got to the pickup, he took his Uber and Lyft stickers out of his window but kept his wedding ring on, leaving his window rolled down.
“A man and a woman were in the front yard, talking. The woman was my fare and she set the scene immediately. She looked over and yelled, “Hi, Babe! I’ll be right there!” I didn’t want to leave her hanging, so [I] shouted back, “Awesome, because I’m starving!” I waved at the guy. He half-*ssedly waved back.”
The woman then skipped to the car, got in and Gale drove off.
The woman then filled in her rescuer of what exactly had happened.
She had gone to the fair with a group of friends and in that group, there was a guy who very forward with her and would not take “no” for an answer.
This person also had an alleged history of being aggressive and while she believed she could leave him behind by heading to her car, he then followed her, claiming to be a gentleman.
Prior to getting to her car, she claimed to have lost her keys. He then offered to give her a ride and that is when she decided to call her “boyfriend.”
“This should never have had to happen. Men, learn to accept the word “no” as a response. Learn to take responsibility for your actions. Our sons are watching you and they’re learning how to treat the women in their lives by example. Lead by a better one,” Gale shared.
In addition, Gale also offered to rideshare passengers a tip that may just save you if you are ever in an uncomfortable position.
“Ladies, if you have the Uber or Lyft app, and you need an exit strategy, use the messaging system within the app. You can make special requests that could possibly save your life.”