More troubles for Uber: driver crashes into police car, pot found
posted by Alan F. / Jan 18, 2015, 10:39 AM
One of the problems that Uber's management has to deal with are the personal issues that some of its drivers have. In any business, a certain percentage of employees have problems that might affect their performance on the job. Uber has raised so much money as it prepares to offer an IPO, that it is very high profile at the moment. Additionally, some of the actions allegedly committed by these drivers are so heinous that they naturally grab headlines.
In India, a driver has been charged with sexual assault against a passenger and a driver in Boston was charged with rape. Last week in Minnesota, another incident involving a Uber driver took place. The unlucky passenger was a gentleman named Kelly O’Keefe who needed a ride to the airport. O'Keefe noticed that the driver was distracted and when he attempted to make a lane change, he smacked right into a police car.
After handing over his license and registration, the officer asked to look into the glove compartment. Inside was a bag with marijuana, which the driver refused to accept responsibility for. Of course, that is the standard response by anyone caught with illegal narcotics.
O'Keefe still needed to get to the airport, and with the Uber car smashed and the driver in cuffs, he tried to contact Uber to no avail. After finding a way to the Airport, he was contacted by Uber to make sure he was alright. O'Keefe was refunded the $24 and the driver was terminated. Ironically, O'Keefe is a brand management specialist and says that the company's reputation is being harmed by these incidents. Perhaps better screening of drivers by Uber would save them from these embarrassing problems. If they continue, no one is going to want to take a ride with a Uber driver behind the wheel.
source: @kellyokeefe via BGR
Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012
Mother nature used to 'Weed' out the weak ones like this, then we made air bags ffs.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 10:46 AM 7
No. Idiots like this used to kill others on the road. Then we improved safety for pedestrians and drivers alike. Don't pretend like innocent people can't have accidents, like the passenger in this case.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 2:33 PM 0
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Wooooww lordy lord. He had weed in his glove compartment.... Ok....no one cares, its pot. Its not some hardcore narcotic, like coke, or LSD, its pot. I'm sure stuff like this happens just as often to any other major taxi company unfortunately.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 11:03 AM 3
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Yeah though he didn't have his head in the game. When a guy is taking a rolled up carpet or two to go fertilize the wood floral, you should heed most of the local driving laws on the way there. Or livestock, my bad edit.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 11:10 AM 0
was he high driving we will have to wait, its not like alcohol and tobacco that should be stopped around the world all they do is kill person doing it and others around them that dont have a choice, and cause bad upbringing of kids and people to go to jail i me pay for them to live nice while the rest of us have to work hard. to live in the place we call home.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 3:15 PM 0
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Even legal drugs have laws that you cannot drive under their influence, this is no different than an illegal drug. Considered minor or not, if it impairs your ability, it should not be used. Nor on the job. All jobs have drug and drinking rules.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 11:18 AM 7
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It's like alcohol, you best not be caught driving under the influence of it. Doesn't matter than its something not hardcore.
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 11:25 AM 0
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Uber also made headlines in india recently for all the bad reasons....... http://www.businessinsider.com
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 11:19 AM 0
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It says the driver was terminated. what does that mean exacly?
posted on Jan 18, 2015, 12:10 PM 0
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