Hey friends, I just wanted to tell you a quick PSA. It’s awful that we live in a time that the need exists to even be telling you this story, but the fact remains... and us girls gotta look out for each other!
If you’re requesting rides on @lyft or @uber , PLEASE make sure you verify the driver who pulls up is actually who is supposed to be picking you up. If you didn’t hear about it, a few months ago there was a guy posing as an Uber driver in SoCal and he picked up girls who thought they were in the right car; once he took them home, he broke into their houses and raped them. He got away with it at least five different times before police started to figure out what was going on and tracked him down.
All it takes to help keep yourself safe is to look for the Lyft or Uber emblems on a car’s windshield and asking the driver’s name BEFORE you get in the car to make sure it matches what’s on your app as to who’s picking you up. I’ve been a Lyft driver for two years and trust me when I say that real drivers WILL NOT be annoyed that you’re taking extra precautionary steps to protect yourself.
I was out last night driving until 2:30 AM for St. Patrick’s Day, and was so glad to see some of my passengers verifying that I was the right person that I thanked them for doing so! While there are a lot of safety checks in place on these apps, there are still random unknown circumstances that could create the opportunity for terrible things to happen. Please do these two super easy things to help keep yourself safe. - 4 hours ago