Man Drives His Own Uber Home Because The Driver Was Drunk
Since the dawn of the Uber age, getting a ride home has never been easier. Open up your phone, drop the pin, and wait for someone to answer the call.
You don't even have to exchange actual money anymore, it's that simple. Well, a lot of the time it's that simple.
Sometimes things can get a bit strange...
Another exception is the story of Surya Oruganti. Surya had recently arrived back in India at Bengaluru International Airport, and got himself straight on to the car-hailing app to get home.
The Uber arrived as normal and, even though the driver looked different, the car seemed the same, so he got in and set off on his way.
Very quickly, he realised that something was badly off about his ride. As soon as the driver started going it became abundantly clear that he was drunk. Like, really drunk.
Like, this drunk.
Naturally, that would put anyone a bit on edge, so Surya got him to pull over, told him to get into the passenger seat, and then drove himself the rest of the way home.
Once safely back, he posted some shots of his journey and tweeted Uber India to let them know what had happened.
He said: "The ride back from Bangalore airport was not quite what I expected. The driver was drunk and drowsy.
"I had to pull the car over to the side and I drove all the way home. Pic with the driver in the rider seat passed out.
"You need to fix this"
@Uber_India, the ride back from Bangalore airport was not quite what I expected. The driver was drunk and drowsy. I had to pull the car over to the side and I drove all the way home. Pic with the driver in the rider seat passed out.
You need to fix this @Uber , @Uber_Support pic.twitter.com/G7LB0caeTM
- Surya Oruganti (@suryaoruganti) September 9, 2018
Yeah, that seems fair enough.
So, Uber apologised and sorted the issue out, right?
In fact, the Uber safety team didn't get in touch with him for 20 hours after the report was made. Even then they only got in touch to tell him that he "shouldn't drive a cab because that's a safety issue".
Not as much of a 'safety issue' as being driven through the streets by someone who is pissed drunk, Uber India.
Uber India then released a statement via a spokesperson that said: "While we take all possible measures to ensure that drivers behind the wheel match the person shown on the app, in rare instances, when this doesn't happen, we encourage riders to cancel their rides immediately and report the issue on the app, so that immediate actions can be taken."
They continued: "Upon learning about this incident, the driver profile was removed from the app and we are looking into the matter.
"We stand ready to further assist the rider and law enforcement as required."
That's a bit better.
Remember kids, if you Uber driver stinks of booze, don't get in the car. We shouldn't have to tell people that, but still...
Featured Image Credit: PA