Popular transportation network Uber could be in big trouble in the Big Apple. Two New York women have just filed official suits against the company after two different drivers made them feel extremely unsafe.
According to an article
on the New York Post, the first woman claims that she asked her Uber driver to drop her off on the Upper East Side. For some strange reason, the drive drove her all the way to the Bronx. When the woman told the driver he was going in the wrong direction, he allegedly ignored the passenger and kept driving. Once the driver stopped at a red traffic light, the woman decided to quickly exit the vehicle and run far away from the Uber car. After leaving the car, the woman called Uber's Customer Care division to report the driver. An Uber staff member offered the woman a $20 Uber gift card and told her the driver would soon be fired.
The second NYC woman allegedly had an even more harrowing incident in an Uber car. She told reporters her Uber driver appeared extremely fatigued and even swerved into oncoming traffic two times. After narrowly avoiding a serious collision, the driver apparently told this woman he had been driving for a long time and that was extremely tired.
When this second woman called Uber to complain about this driver, she says her trip data was completely erased from their app. Without this information, she couldn't report the name of the driver or Uber vehicle to the Taxi & Limousine Commission.
The only comment to come out of Uber's headquarters on this case was that it did not delete any driver information on the second woman's app.
This is not the first time Uber has gotten in trouble over its drivers. Recently a 24-year old woman in Dallas
sued the company after her Uber driver ran a red light and crashed with another vehicle. Milburn is now paralyzed from the chest down and undergoing extensive physical therapy.
Only after this horrific accident did Milburn learn that her driver, Arian Yusufzai had a long criminal history. The car Yusufzai was using was actually a stolen vehicle. Uber has yet to officially comment on this case.
There have been numerous other reports in recent years criticizing Uber's hiring practices. There have been at least 15
officially reported fatalities allegedly caused by Uber drivers within the past few years. Beyond these fatalities, there are also numerous reports of sexual assaults, driver DUIs, and kidnappings.
Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp founded Uber
in 2009 in the Bay Area. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and employs roughly 6,700 people in 66 countries around the world.