More troubles for Uber: driver crashes into police car, pot found

More troubles for Uber: driver crashes into police car, pot found
Uber is the company that offers a mobile app allowing users to arrange for a ride. Uber offers different rates depending on the type of car you request, and the length of your journey. With the app, you can track the progress of the driver as he gets closer to your location, and payment is done via your phone; no cash changes hands.

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

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21 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Mother nature used to 'Weed' out the weak ones like this, then we made air bags ffs.

14. Beijendorf unregistered

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.

20. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Cool !

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahaha nice i bet the speed of impact was 5 mph more than likely from a customer they drove somewhere

2. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

8. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Amen to this.

11. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Obviously your s**t is laced if its impairing your ability to do stuff

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

If you think weed needs to be laced to impair your ability to drive, you are clearly not smoking the right stuff.

6. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

It's like alcohol, you best not be caught driving under the influence of it. Doesn't matter than its something not hardcore.

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

i know lots of people that have a few drink then drive i hate them for it i dont drink or smoke but, i will take medical mj for my pain. "broken back"

19. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I agree, never had a problem with driving and daily stuff with hashish or marijuana

21. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

You should still use uber because they provide a great convenience and service for a decent price and for black cars you might get chauffeured in a High quality Mercedes-Benz vehicle .

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Uber also made headlines in india recently for all the bad reasons....... http://www.businessinsider.com/r-indian-woman-alleges-rape-by-uber-cab-driver-in-new-delhi-2014-12?IR=T

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

If you had read the article, you would have seen that this incident was already noted & linked. Nice job paying attention.

9. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

It says the driver was terminated. what does that mean exacly?

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Uber Skynet possibly?

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

really for real ok well that means they terminated his contract/job with uber. fired if that helps

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The uber driver got karma-d

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