We've all heard a few weird and creepy stories about picking up hitchhikers or giving that one silly friend a lift home. But what happens when it's your job? Well, we've searched high and low to gather some of the best Uber driver experiences. Sit back, relax, this one is going to get a little crazy.
Action Sequence Activated
Imagine that you are driving at a high speed on a freeway and a group of passengers decides to suddenly pull up the handbrake, which then sends your car sliding uncontrollably. How would you react? It takes passengers with zero common sense to pull the handbrake in a moving vehicle.
And we totally understand, there are times that some crazy thoughts may run through your head, "what if we pull this handbrake in a moving car? Will we end up creating some sort of action movie scene?" The trick is to not act on them. Luckily the driver knew exactly how to handle a sliding vehicle. We are just glad that the driver reported those punks.
Can You Smell That
If you can smell yourself, that means that everyone else can smell you too. It doesn't matter if you wake up at the crack of dawn to start your work, or whether you have literally run a marathon. It takes five minutes to have a quick shower. Maintaining basic hygiene also has so many good effects on your body and mind.
This unlucky driver had to spend an entire 10 minutes with a passenger that had a stench so strong that he estimated that the passenger had to have been marinating in it for at least two weeks. He had to even Febreze his car.
Sometimes The Passenger Is Wrong
It's amazing how there are still people out there that treat service industry employees like they are less than human. We understand that the customer is always right, but there's a line between getting a good service and being a bad human being. Luckily this driver knows how to handle situations like this professionally.
If passengers like these continue with their sub-human treatment, we are sure that a one-star review will soon lead to a permanent ban.
What's worse than driving with a passenger with awful music taste? Driving with a passenger that pukes all over your passenger door! And to make matters worse, this uber driver was stuck with the vomit and its disgusting smell for 20 whole minutes.
We understand that a good party can leave you feeling a little nauseous, but at least carry a bag with you, or open the window before you throw up. And to add insult to injury, the passenger gave the driver four stars for not being friendly enough. Luckily, Uber retracted the review, for obvious reasons.
Wrong Destination, Try Again
Imagine dealing with a passenger that is so intoxicated that they are unable to enter the correct destination details on their phone. That's exactly what this driver had to deal with. He then attempted to help the passenger out by charging his phone and taking him to not one but two locations.
The passenger then states that he wanted to fetch something from his car, which was at the second location. This was not the case though. The intoxicated, and barely functional passenger then proceeded to drive off. Of course the uber reported him to the police.
Low Rating For Bad Bathroom Manners
Having a passenger that is too intoxicated to enter the correct address details is never easy. Especially when they pass out as soon as they enter the car. What makes it even more cringy is the fact that this particular passenger had decided to spit in the driver’s vehicle.
Once he was transported to the correct destination, he then proceeded to stumble to his neighbor's yard and relieve himself on their porch. Yes, you read right, on their porch. Luckily the driver gave him a poor rating. We would have given him zero stars.
Splitting Costs But Not Morals
This guy deserves a raise. Why? You ask. So this driver had grown tired of seeing guys that rode alone with women, only to try and take advantage of them. He decided that passengers that share rides for nefarious reasons needed to be called out.
We need more drivers like this. There are always cases when people party a bit too hard, end up a bit too out of it and use that as a farce to harass women. It's good to know that there are drivers that will not tolerate this.
Double Trouble For Female Driver
What's worse than dealing with an intoxicated passenger with an attitude? Dealing with two intoxicated misogynistic passengers that won’t stop hitting on you. This female uber driver had to go through the mill with these passengers that were not only racist but persistently made unwanted advances at her as well.
When all else didn't work he thought that mentioning his firearm would suddenly win her affection. Because that's what every girl wants, a firearm from a misogynist. These passengers even left behind a disgusting spit bottle. Luckily Uber made them pay a hefty clean-up fee.
Time Is Money
We get that the customer is always right, but a driver is not your chauffeur. One of the most annoying things that drivers deal with is passengers that are inconsiderate of their time and effort. This driver talks about how he has dealt with passengers that are deliberately late and will ask to stop mid-trip without tipping.
Luckily those passengers get a one-star rating. If only there was a better way to give them a taste of their own medicine. At the end of the day always be considerate of the driver, the longer he takes waiting for you, the less he earns.
This is one of those incidents that you would expect to find in a movie. A passenger makes a stop to exchange cash for goods on the side of a street. None of it looks legal. She then re-enters the car and decides to snort some kind of substance a few minutes into the ride. This OP was just lost for words.
To make matters worse, they had passed six cop cars, she wasn't phased by any of them. And the proverbial cherry on the top? The passenger had decided to small talk about how she was on her way to see her parole officer. We can't tell if it's no fear or common sense with this one.
The Law Is The Law
This should go without saying, carrying open containers in a vehicle that is not yours, especially if it's an uber, is just irresponsible. Due to open container laws, the owner of the vehicle is placed at risk of getting a DUI.
This driver expresses his disgust at passengers that think it is okay to carry open containers in his vehicle, or even worse to smoke any sort of substance in the back of his car. Especially without asking if it's okay or not.
No Drinks In The Car
It should go without saying that entering an Uber with alcohol is illegal. This passenger decided to try his luck, but the driver had firmly refused by asking him to pour out his drink. This, of course, had upset the passenger who had begun to aggressively complain about the ride. The driver had stated that he would stop the vehicle, this had then led to a lot of drama.
The passenger was now upset about the booze and the driver had threatened violence against the driver. Of course, the police were called, and the unruly passenger was taken away and charged with assault, theft of service, and being indecent in public.
Serial Killer Vibes Alert
This has got to be a driver's worst nightmare. Imagine picking up a passenger who is clearly under the influence of something illicit. The passenger then spends the rest of the ride in a very lively conversation with himself. During this conversation, he discusses how he is going to take his life and the lives of others.
To make matters worse, the passenger laughed after every sentence. This kind of incident would have left us feeling extremely unsettled. Clearly, this passenger needs some urgent help.
Low Rating Don’ts
It's good to know in advance what could earn you a low rating as a passenger. This Uber driver shares his list of don'ts. As long as the passengers adhere to this, you're bound to get a good rating.
To name a few things, he says that he doesn't appreciate when people take a full 5 minutes to get to the car because his pay for that time is only 10 to 14 cents. He also dislikes it when people try to include additional passengers to save on costs, especially when they try to squeeze six people in the backseat of his Jetta.
Suits and Puke
Here's a passenger who relays the story he heard from a driver on one of his trips. The driver had transported two well-dressed young men that were very intoxicated. As they were nearing their destination, one of the men puked, which messed the window, carpet, and seat.
So they asked to pull over, and the passengers started to clean up the puke. They had asked the driver to assist, but he refused. They had then gotten violent and attempted to attack him. Luckily the driver was prepared. He drove off and left these passengers from hell on the side of the road.
Creepy Middle-Aged Man
This female driver explains why it is far better to deal with four intoxicated college kids than one intoxicated middle-aged man.
During one of her most recent trips. A middle-aged married man, along with his wife and her two friends catches a ride with her. During the trip, he had tried to grope her and sleep on her lap. About a block away from the drop-off point he then proceeds to throw up in her car. Luckily uber stuck him with a 150USD cleaning fee. This isn’t the first time that this driver has had to deal with creepy middle-aged men. We hope it was the last.
The Uncle Sam Nightmare
This uber passenger moment is the weirdest by far. The driver talks about the time that he had to drive a male and female that cosplayed uncle Sam. They were dressed oddly professionally, right down to the latex facial features.
At first, the driver thought that the ride would be fun, but then both uncle Sams’ got into an argument. The male uncle Sam had seen the female uncle Sam flirting with someone who wasn't him. This had sparked a screaming match between the two, which was then followed by a ten-minute violent make-out session between two uncle Sams’. This is definitely a ride the driver won’t forget.
Where’s The Compassion?
Having a customer that wants to travel into a busy city is usually a big win. The distance allows the driver to earn a little extra than they usually would on their usual routes. In this case, the driver picked up a passenger who seemed to be extremely rude and aggressive. The carhops into the car and instructs the driver to pull her seat forward. He doesn't even take the time to greet her.
He then proceeded to spend a few minutes on a call abusing one of the staff members at a hotel he had booked in. The driver was extremely unsettled and feared that this guy would use her as a punching bag next.
911 Or Home?
One of the worst situations that Uber drivers have to deal with is when bars decide to over-serve their customers, to the point that they are passed out and can not respond. This driver recalls incidents in which he has had passengers that weren't even aware that they were in the backseat of an Uber.
To make matters worse, he has had passengers that looked like they were in serious need of medical help. At that point, he has to then decide on whether to call 911, take the passenger to the police, or drop them off at the destination. It's worse when the passenger is not only passed out but bleeding on his back seat.
Lying For A Free Ride
A driver from Salt Lake City wrote about how his worst passenger was a lying kid. The kid he transported late at night had decided to give him an awful review all in an attempt to get a refund. The review had stated that the driver was speeding dangerously, and had committed road rage during his trip.
Uber did not respond well to this and had served the driver a warning. Luckily the driver had kept records of everything. He managed to prove that he drove at a safe 21 mph for the duration of the trip. The warning was withdrawn. Can you believe the kid did all of that for just 13USD?
When Nature Calls
This one left us feeling traumatized. This driver picked up a 40-something-year-old passenger who had a little more to drink than he should have. The passenger had then asked the driver to pull over a few minutes later, in front of a Kroger grocery store. This seems normal, but it's two in the morning, and everything is closed.
The passenger then leaves his wallet on the seat and walks over to a street pole to relieve himself - all while the driver is watching. Then the unthinkable happens, the passenger drops his pants and squats all while staring and smiling at the driver. The drive panicked and drove off, throwing the passenger's wallet out in the process.
Drivers Are Not Slaves
Working in the service industry comes with its fair share of downsides. This driver mentions how 30% of passengers have a sense of entitlement. This sense of entitlement is so bad that they treat the drivers like slaves.
He mentions how disheartening it can be when you know that as a driver you earn a very low salary on top of that. Passengers may get a kick out of being profoundly entitled when taking an Uber, but to the driver, he finds toilet farts more interesting them.
The Good Guy Driver
Sometimes there are Uber drivers that will go above and beyond for their passengers. Take this driver for instance. He gets a call at 1-am to pick up a 20-something girl that is wasted to the point that she can barely stand. He sees some guy creeping on her so he chases the guy away and takes the girl to his car where he puts on her seat belt and plugs in her requested destination.
Once he gets there, he notices that she can barely open her door. So they wait for the roommate to come by and fetch her. Suddenly he feels something wet on his thigh. The passenger had relieved herself on the driver.
Well, That’s Embarrassing
This has got to be one of the most embarrassing situations to find yourself in as a passenger. This driver talks about a time when he had a passenger that just could not hold it in. As a result, he had unintentionally pooped himself in the backseat.
The passenger felt terrible and apologized continuously. The driver understood though and offered him tissues. We guess these things can happen. At least the passenger tipped a cool fifty bucks.
There's always a little drama when you are dealing with a group of wasted sorority girls. The driver of these girls talks about how he was initially enjoying the ride with them. They were entertaining and actually conversed with him. That was short-lived though.
At around a minute away from the destination, one of the girls decides to puke all over the window and dashboard. The driver then pulls over to make sure she's okay, only to find another girl randomly relieving herself on the sidewalk.
Dashcam Horror Scene
This story has the makings of a horror movie. A driver picks up two girls at three in the morning. Everything seems quiet and polite until they leave the car and he realizes that they had stabbed and destroyed his backseat.
He then looks at the dashcam footage to see how horrifying the girls really were. They had brought in a fake weapon and had gestured at killing him. Uber had sent them a bill for the full retail price of the backseat. We would have also charged them for the trauma experienced as a result of that ride.
251lbs Of Ex-Marine
It seems like there is always an influx of crazy passengers. This driver speaks about how he dealt with a passenger who was upset with him for not speeding through traffic. As a way of expressing this, the passenger decides to spit on the driver.
The driver is an ex-marine and a fairly big-sized one at that. So he proceeds to carry the passenger out of the car. He then tells him that he can fetch his luggage from a half-mile away. He then drives off and leaves his luggage a half-mile down the road before stopping at a convenience store to write an incident report.
Entitled And Wasted
If three college girls asked you if they could throw up in your car, the obvious answer would be to tell them no. These girls had taken offense to an Uber driver telling them that throwing up in his car would result in a $200 fee, that their friend (who wasn't riding with them) would have to pay.
He then reaches the destination and tries to help the three girls inside but they insist on stumbling all over the place. One of the girls then decides to throw up on the hood of his car. They definitely got a bad rating.
She's Got Mace
Being a female driver is never easy when you have passengers that hit on you. This driver talks about how she picked up a UCLA law student who tried to cross the line.
The passenger kept rambling on about his bad week and about how he had broken up with his ex. He began to share a bit too much when he describes how he peed on her front porch. If that wasn't enough he then puckers up and tries to make a move on the driver. She was prepared though and told him that she would mace him unless he left the car.
Isn’t That What Kids Do
It's pretty difficult to get a bad passenger rating, most drivers will opt to give their passengers five-star ratings. This Lyft driver speaks about how he had only ever encountered one passenger that he felt deserved a one-star rating.
The guy was probably a little intoxicated when he entered the vehicle, so he felt that the appropriate way to get the driver's attention was to constantly poke his shoulder whilst he was driving. It was probably a lot like those scenes with five-year-olds that had too much candy and now had too much energy to expend.
30 Banned Foods You Can’t Find in the United States
What if the ingredient that makes midnight snacks and family dinners the most enjoyable became illegal? Numerous foods are prohibited from sale in the United States, but we are unaware of these regulations. Find out here and satisfy your sweet tooth as we investigate all the delectable foods that the United States of America has previously banned from production or importation. It is possible for the list to continue forever!
Banned Blood Cake
What more is there to say about pig's blood cake besides what is already stated in the name? Rice and pig's blood are the two main ingredients in this well-known Taiwanese snack, which is presented tastefully on a popsicle stick. That is one impressive lollipop!
In the United States, the consumption of pig's blood cake is illegal because there are questions regarding the hygienic practices that are followed during production. The consumption of this food was made illegal in the United States in order to stop the dissemination of infectious diseases and protect both humans and pigs.
The puffer fish, which is also referred to as "fugu," calls for the use of a very particular cooking method. As a consequence of this, preparing them as food requires a unique license to do so. If it is not properly prepared, the poison of the puffer fish has the potential to be fatal.
Because of the puffer fish's inherent protections, the United States government has made the consumption of them illegal in order to keep its citizens safe from any potential danger. Despite how entertaining it may appear, you should exercise extreme caution when biting into a puffer fish.
In a great number of countries, the consumption of bushmeat dates back centuries. You probably guessed correctly that there is one nation that outlaws the eating of bushmeat. The country is known as the United States of America. Any animal that is killed as a result of hunting in Africa is illegal to do so for two reasons.
To begin with, diseases such as smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, and rubella are capable of being passed on through the consumption of bushmeat. The consumption of bushmeat should be made illegal for two reasons. First, it helps protect animals and reduces the demand for illegal animal products. The prohibition in the United States is intended to shield African people as well as African animals from harm.
Endangered Water Species
To begin, sea turtles are both safe for humans to interact with and vulnerable to extinction (unless, of course, you stick your finger in their mouth!). Because of all of these issues, the United States government decided to outlaw the practice of eating sea turtles.
Once upon a time, sea turtles were hunted and killed for their meat, but this practice is no longer common today. The United States government implemented the Endangered Species Act across the entire country in order to give our wonderful aquatic friends the protection they so desperately required. No charge to swim here!
Almost Sold Into Extinction
The United States government protects the queen conch, along with clams, oysters, squid, and octopi, and therefore forbids the consumption of these marine animals. The population of this species of soft-bodied animal is relatively small, and as a result, the law in the United States protects it.
A great number of nations outside of the United States continue to have queen conchs available for purchase in their respective markets. In 2003, the United States passed a law making it illegal to import the queen conch in order to protect the species from being hunted to extinction through commercial trade.
Specific Type of Cheese
Epoisses cheese is traditionally produced using milk that has not been pasteurized, despite the fact that to the untrained eye it appears to be a rich and delicate cheese. Because this technique of production puts humans at risk of contracting a wide range of infectious diseases, it is outlawed.
There is also a pasteurized variety of Epoisses cheese that can be purchased in the United States. This variant of the cheese does not present nearly as great of a health risk. This tangy and creamy cheese is ready to do business, as evidenced by its aroma. Perhaps this is the reason why it was criminalized so rapidly.
Gateway to a Filthy Habit
In the 1930s and 1940s, when people still thought smoking was good for them, even medical professionals enjoyed lighting up. When we think of modern smoking, we immediately think of the dangers it poses to one's health. The United States government made the decision to outlaw candy cigarettes in an effort to lessen the impact they had on children.
In a number of states within the United States, candy cigarettes have been removed from store shelves to prevent young people from being misled into thinking that smoking is a risk-free activity. Why take the risk when you know that when kids think of candy, they aren't thinking about getting sick?
Certain French Cuisine
The French delicacy known as foie gras is typically made from the fatty liver of a duck or goose that has been allowed to mature for an extended period of time. In the United States, the consumption of foie gras is prohibited due to the fact that the birds used in its production are tube-fed against their will.
The controversial practice of fattening birds for human consumption is viewed as unethical by a significant number of individuals. In spite of the fact that it is not illegal anywhere else in the United States, the state of California has made the decision to outlaw the consumption of this food in order to prevent the cruel treatment of geese and ducks.
Have You Heard About Ackee?
Ackee is Jamaica's official national fruit, despite the fact that it is not a particularly well-known fruit. Because of a substance that was discovered in the fruit before it had reached its full ripeness, the United States has placed a ban on the importation of ackee as well as a prohibition on its consumption. This substance poses a significant risk to human health!
This particular fruit is not utilized in the preparation of any traditional dishes in the United States, despite its widespread use in other parts of the world. This fruit contains a substance that, before it ripens, inhibits our bodies' natural ability to release glucose into the bloodstream. This fruit should be avoided at all costs!
This Sea Bass Is Sort of Banned
The Chilean sea bass, along with other species of fish around the world, is subject to a ban that restricts the ability to harvest and sell the fish to only certified fishing vessels. The overfishing of the species was the root cause of the ban's implementation.
Because of FDA regulations, fishing vessels that target Chilean sea bass are restricted to bringing in a predetermined quota of fish. This guarantees that the population of the species will continue to increase and that it will not go extinct. In addition to these, protective measures have been taken by 24 other countries in support of this.
Special Italian Meat
Many people in the United States have a regular fondness for Italian meats such as salami, head cheese, and prosciutto, to name a few examples. One aspect of Italian meat that is not present in homes or foods in the United States is its genuine Italian origin, which is imported from the country.
It is illegal to import genuine Italian meat products into certain regions of the United States. It is not entirely clear why this is the case, but all of the slaughtering and production of meat that takes place in the United States must take place within the country's borders. Regardless, tuck in!
Small Birds Are Not Food in the US
Ortolans, also called ortolan buntings, is a species of a small bird that have recently made their way onto the menus of restaurants serving French cuisine. Due to the fact that these birds are in danger of extinction, the United States government has mandated that the consumption of this French delicacy be made illegal in order to safeguard them.
To make matters even worse, the cooked ortolan is served whole. During the course of this meal, it is common to see a number of diners covering their heads with napkins in order to avoid having to look at the bird. The prohibition finally put an end to this unethical practice once and for all.
Only for the Richest
Even though it may look like an elegant addition to the table, beluga caviar actually contains thousands of eggs from the beluga sturgeon fish. The United States government has placed a ban on the importation of these eggs due to the overfishing that has occurred and the species' dwindling population.
Eggs of the beluga sturgeon, a species of sturgeon that is native to the Caspian Sea, will no longer be offered as a starter dish in the United States. It is no longer possible to purchase beluga caviar due to the fact that caviar can be obtained from a variety of sources that are less impacted by overfishing.