Ridesharing services have revolutionized how we commute, making it easier for passengers to get from Point A to Point B, and providing drivers with a way to earn a little extra income. But every now and then, things go awry.
An Iowa man was recently arrested after being accused of frantically masturbating in the front seat of an Uber.
“Do you want to touch it?” 27-year-old Christopher Wayne Jensen allegedly asked the horrified male driver, who quickly pulled over and insisted he exit vehicle.
Jensen turned himself in to police after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest. He told the Iowa City Press-Citizen this week that he has absolutely no recollection of the incident.
“I drank heavily and remember very little from that night,” he said, “but I know what kind of person I am, and wouldn’t do something like this.”
Jensen believes his Uber driver is lying, though he admits he was too trashed to actually remember. But he’s hardly the first person to be accused of behaving badly while using the app.
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When Matthew Martson requested an Uber in Orlando last month, his driver responded by offering him a free ride… with one pretty big caveat.
“Hey, I’ll give you a free ride if you let me (commit a sexual act),” he texted.
Martson was mortified and quickly canceled the ride, only to be hit with a fee from the ride sharing app.
“I was shocked,” he told his local news station. “It felt uncomfortable.”
Martson eventually contacted Uber and was refunded his $5. Meanwhile, the driver maintains a perfect 5-star rating.
He must be good.
In April, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 queen Robbie Turner (aka Jeremy Baird) claimed he was involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in his Uber driver being killed.
Turner tweeted: “Last night on my way home my Uber was struck by a drunk driver. I closed my eyes briefly & it happened,” and “My driver did not survive.”
Everyone was very sad for Turner and the dead Uber driver. Until it was discovered the accident never happened.
Turner later told Entertainment Weekly that he was confused. Apparently, he had had too much to drink the night before, bumped his head in the shower, had a “vivid dream” about being in a drunk driving accident, and then woke up and tweeted about it.
“I had a mild mental break,” he said, “and it was triggered by slipping in the shower.”
A group of antigay white supremacists staged an alt-right rally in downtown Philadelphia last month. After the event was over, they attempted to leave by hailing cabs and Ubers.
Unfortunately for them, as soon as the drivers learned who they were and what they had been doing, they wouldn’t let any of them into their vehicles. Some politely declined to drive them. Others just sped off, quite literally leaving the homophobic hate-mongers out in the cold.
We love seeing karma unfold in real time.
This is completely surreal. Fascists are trying to take taxis , but the drivers keep leaving whenever they realize what’s happening. pic.twitter.com/lcwPucpSPf
— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) November 17, 2018
Jordan Pavlovski said he felt totally “gross” after an awkward Uber ride earlier this year.
“I noticed that the Uber driver kept looking back at me in his rear-view mirror, but I didn’t think much of it at the time,” the 33-year-old hair stylist recalled to local media at the time.
It wasn’t until he got home that Pavlovski noticed the text message from his driver, who will still parked outside his house.
“If you like giving blow jobs,” it read, along with the man’s cellphone number.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Pavlovski said. “The whole thing was really creepy. The worst part is that he knows where I live now, which makes me feel really uncomfortable.”
Who can forget that time former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick berated a driver in San Francisco for not working harder in life?
The incident happened back in February 2017. In a video obtained by Bloomberg, driver Fawze Kamel is seen confronting Kalanick about how his company has been dropping its fares so much that it has become nearly impossible to earn a decent a living as an Uber driver.
Kalanick responds by becoming aggressive, saying that people like Kamel “don’t like to take responsibility for their own sh*t” and instead blame others for their problems.
Watch below (their conversation begins at the 3:56 mark):