Uber: Dangerous or Freak Incident?
Many have heard of companies such as Lyft and Uber. These companies offer jobs to anyone who would like to make money driving passengers to their desired location, very similiar to cabs. These companies allow their drivers to make their own schedule and are required to provide a vehicle that meets standards. However, CrunchBase users like Jared Haftel ask is it safe to jump into one of these vehicles not knowing who you might be getting in with?
Recently Maxime Fohounhedo,an UberX driver, made everyone question this very same thing. He was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in Chicago. According to an article on Buzzfeed, the passenger passed out and awoke in a residence and he continued on to raping the victim. The suspect in custody will be going to trial on Tuesday.
Although we will never be truly sure of who the chauffer is in his private life, there are ways to stay safe in these situations. One way is to try and take someone else with you. An assault is less likely to happen when there are two people present. If this is not possible, always stay in contact with someone so that they know who your driver was and your whereabouts. Seeking services from these companies is a risk that the customer takes; however, this does not mean that the company should get any slack from a crime that may have taken place because the lack of in depth screening for the drivers.