Uber cars are such a convenient mode of transportation that’s why it became so popular easily. You just book a car, enter your destination and you can sit comfortably until you arrive at your destination and then pay the driver. It’s like having your own car and driver without the commitment. Who doesn’t want that?
But in this kind of job, you are also exposed to different kinds of people. So it’s interesting and a bit scary at the same time. Uber drivers have a lot of stories to tell when it comes to different kinds of passengers. Some are hilarious, some are inspiring but there are also some that are weird and horrifying.
So when a Redditor asked users, “Uber drivers, what’s your horror story?” People quickly started sharing their weirdest and most terrifying experiences. Some drivers are still in the business despite the experience while some decided they’ve had enough.
12. Guy Regrets Marriage
This poor guy is so embarassed of his wife that he tells the driver never to get married. Well, thankfully he hasn’t considered divorce yet but the experience sure did scare the driver.
“Picked up a guy in the middle of the day from a bar, took him to a casino nearby. As soon I got on the freeway some lady started tailing me and constantly beeping at me. I freaked out a little and he said: “that might be my wife, don’t worry she’ll stop following soon.” She followed us for the whole 20-minute ride, non-stop beeping. Once we got there, he practically jumped out of my car and ran for the door. She followed him in her car, almost hitting him. Last thing he said to me, “don’t ever get married!””
11. Domestic Violence
Hitting women is never a nice thing. Here’s a driver who felt helpless while his passenger was beaten up. Good thing he decided to report the incident.
“I am an Uber Black driver. A few months back I picked up a man and woman in their 40’s from a restaurant. They were clearly not having a good time, still arguing about something. Towards the end of the ride, he punches her in the face as hard as he could. When we pull up at the destination he pulls out a knife and starts to threaten her and me. I tell him to take it outside and I drive away. I couldn’t help but feel bad for that woman so I drove to the county Sheriff dept. and told them what happened. Luckily the Uber Black cars have a camera inside that recorded the events. When the sheriff looked at the video he asked for the address and they arrested the guy. I also reported the incident to Uber, they called me and took a recorded statement by phone.”
10. Clingy Friend
Women are very close to their friends. They do almost everything together. Just like this clingy friend who wouldn’t want a woman left behind. It even took the police to make her leave.
“Former Uber driver here: Decided to try my luck with Hollywood one night after the clubs closed. When I pull up to the pickup location a stream of people start poking their heads into my car to ask if this car was theirs. I finally find the girl and she opens my passenger door, tells me to wait because she needs to find the rest of her friends. I’m blocking traffic while she is calling for her friends loudly. She drags one girl into my back seat and return to the still open front door and tells me more are coming. At this time the police pull up behind me and use their speaker to tell me to keep moving. I tell the girl to get in so I can go around the corner, she refuses and keeps yelling for her friends. The cops get out of their car and demand I move the car or face arrest/ticketing. I tell them the girl won’t let go of the door or get in. They start yelling at her and me now to get in or let go of the door. She tells them No and that she needs her friends. Cop moves her and closes the door. I pull away with her drunk friend and no idea where to take her. I circle the block a few times and can’t find her again. I spent a good while trying to wake this girl and get an address. She finally gives me a rough idea of where she lives. I drive her there and find the rest of her crew standing outside of her place. I don’t bother asking what happen, I just dump her off to her friends and go home. Never doing that again.”
9. Wasted Thugs
Even guys get scared sometimes. Just like this Uber driver, who had drunk passegers and were even trying to find illegal drugs. Let’s see how his story went.
“Uber driver here, I have had one incident that scared me to the point where I almost kicked them out of my car.
I except a trip and head over to this house where thugs hop in my car these dudes are wasted and all have beer cans in their hands as well as some beer boxes. This was red flag number one for me, now the guy in the passenger seat is a big fellow with a rude attitude very demanding and impolite. The whole ride is him smacking my chest and following with “AY fool why you look so nervous” or “AY fool just hurry up already.” And his cousin telling him to be quiet and stop being a jerk, followed by the other 2 dudes are full on rapping to some Spanish song. At this point dude in passenger and his cousin are getting violent because the cousin kept defending me from him being a complete jerk most of the ride. Finally we get to the city they wanted to party in but come to find out that the hotel room they booked was booked for the wrong day…. so now here we are trying to figure out who’s going to give them a room on valentines weekend at 2 am…. all while passenger is trying to find out where to get some cocaine. At this point, I was irritated and just wanted to leave them there and go home. But the cousin tipped me 40 bucks for putting up with everyone so I took them to the nearest strip club and called it good and went on my way.”
8. Getaway Car
Being accused of a crime you never did is always a scary thing. But good thing, the cops realized this driver was innocent.
“Two guys tried to use me as a getaway car after robbing a bowling alley. They ran away before the cops showed up and as I was pulling up the cops pulled their guns on me and then put me in handcuffs.
Just on a side note, I’m not 100% sure they were robbing the bowling alley. The police told me that the criminals had “pulled a gun and a knife” on the staff at the bowling alley. They pointed their guns at me because they thought I was involved with them and may have had a gun. I was handcuffed until they had searched my car and realized I was just an uber driver and didn’t have a gun.”
This driver was so confused with his teenage passenger but didn’t bother to ask. He just went on driving until they reached their destination and got even confused. But good thing no one got hurt.
“Used to drive Uber and one of the worst ones was when I roll up to a pickup at the end of a gated driveway to this huge house in Marin County to this 14-year-old girl in a nice cocktail dress, mascara running down her face sobbing. She gets in the car and I don’t say a word since the name on the Uber request was a male’s name. We drive towards another really rich part of the area and I notice her grinding her teeth and fidgeting. I pull up to this HUGE house with this sobbing girl in the back seat, and in the bay windows, I see this silhouette of a man with his arms crossed just GLARING at the driveway. Girl gets out and she sheepishly says thanks and I tell her to have a good night.”
6. Life Coach
Sometimes it’s better to deal with drunk passegers than girls experiencing life crisis. It’s not easy getting emotionally involved with your passengers life.
“I come to my stop and after a long wait, just as I am about to leave the girl who asked for the Uber comes out of the bar. She flags me down and tells me two more are coming. Then I see her two friends, one is crying her eyes out and the other is consoling her. It turns out the girl crying was ruffled and her friends found her before anything bad happened. The crazy part for me was that they dragged me in to try and help convince her that it wasn’t her fault. I was totally fine to help, and I tried, but I was very unprepared to deal with this. I’m expecting people to throw up in my car not coach them through an existential crisis.”
5. Crazy Drunk Passenger
Giving a ride to drunk passengers is part of an Uber drivers’ job. There’s a possibility for them to throw up or even to go crazy. Just like this driver’s passenger.
“I was driving an obviously drunk pax home at 1:30 am he was about 28 years old, me 60. He went on and on about his male attributes and how he loved older women, and how “hot” I was. I kept telling him we were not having this conversation and it was simply my job to get him home safely. This ride took 18 minutes, I was on the freeway so kicking him out then and there might have gotten him killed, he insisted I “turn that thing off” and come party with him, all the while I insisted it was just my job to get him home. It got progressively more graphic when the ride ended, he reached over the seat and grabbed my shoulder. To which I forcefully said “get out” and aimed my pepper spray toward his face. He would not let the car door go, so I drove away as he hung on. He let go, I reported him to the help center and as a result, he will never ride in an Uber again. My heart was pounding but I did keep my cool. It left me shaken indeed.”
4. Too Drunk To Think
Here’s another drunk passenger experience from a female Uber driver. This is one gutsy girl. It’s important to always keep your cool and be alert when giving a ride to drunk passengers because you’ll never know what they might do.
“Female driver here. One Friday night I picked up a law student after the last call in West Hollywood, he was pretty drunk and wanted to go to UCLA. No biggie. He gets a call from his wasted friend and has me stop the car so he can try to figure out if we have to turn around to grab his friend. Again, no biggie, I’ve got the clock running. Friend doesn’t need a ride, we head off. He starts talking about how he has a good night and he really needed this after his bad week. He broke up with his “bae” on Wednesday and pissed on her apartment stoop when she wouldn’t call him a cab, and then Thursday night he talked himself out of a DUI so he was riding with Lyft Friday to avoid getting pulled over again. This guy was classic UCLA Law Bro. I try to lightheartedly tell him that that’s 2 of 3 karmic strikes and he should keep his head down for awhile, he laughs and agrees. We finally get to his places and he starts going with, “Man, you’re so pretty, you look nothing like my ex, maybe that’s why you’re so pretty…” And I see him pucker his lips while grabbing my should to move up towards the front. Biggie Smalls sized biggie. “Get off my car, I’ve got mace up here!” Dude freezes and drunkenly rolls out of my car… I’d call that strike 3.”
3. Loving The Job
This driver is just having the time of his life. He knows he has to sometimes put up with crazy and weird passengers. But it’s all good. It’s just part of the job and it’ll be a good story to share.
“I’ve been a driver for two months. I started just after they were given permission to operate in my area.
I like how most my pax are appreciative that I’m driving them home. I work the drunk hours as they pay the best in my market.
I haven’t had any scary or bad pax, but one funny one sticks out. I picked up these two drunk girls at a bar and was about halfway to their house when the one girl asks how I like driving for Uber. I told her it’s been good so far, and that I wish more people knew about the service. I said “Spread the word!” and the girl replied, half-slurring her words, “I’ll spread the word, then spread my legs…do you have a girlfriend?”
I laughed pretty hard and informed her I was married. Her friend apologized on her behalf and that was the end of that.
I get a kick out of how many pax call me “Uber Driver!” excitedly.
“Uber Driver! Turn up the volume!” “Uber Driver, I love you!” “Uber Driver, turn here! Turn here!” (I use Google Maps for nav, but if they want me to take a longer route, I’m not arguing.)
My wife’s cousin last night asked me if I carry anything for protection, or if I’m ever scared that someone might try and carjack me while I’m driving them to their destination. I replied half-joking, half serious that since almost none of my pax ever put on their seatbelts, I’d just floor it and crash into a parked car.
2. Uber Session
This passengers’ first Uber ride wasn’t so bad. Even if most of them were drunk. The driver even gave them the permission to smoke inside the car.
“I tell myself one more ride and I’m done for the night; its past 3 in the morning at this point and I’m tired. I get the alert and pick up a group of 3 folks all of which 20 years my senior. I notice the man in the back seat has a beer open but I say nothing to him. It’s a short enough trip, who cares? The man in the front seat next to me is hammered and his wife in the back doesn’t look impressed about it. It’s their first uber ride and they have plenty of questions. The most pressing of which came from the intoxicated man to my right. “Can I smoke?” He asked, with a gold box of king sized smokes in his cracked hand. ‘Not cigarettes’ I tell him, looking over to be sure he understands. He does and dumps his box of cigarettes into his lap. I keep my eyes on the road. He wants to know if I have a lighter, his is missing. Seconds pass and we pull into his long, ocean serpent driveway; I produce a lighter and hand it over. He selects a mangled Frankenstein of a cigarette from his lap, lights it, and passes it to the left. I take a long deep drag and hold it for a moment. Bliss.”
1. Stinky Kids
“Picked up a group of stinky college aged kids around 2 pm at the tow yard. They showed me their car on the other side of the fence and how completely smashed up it was. They requested I not use the perfectly good freeway for a 15+ mile drive, even though the freeways were very convenient for the route.
As we drove they slowly explained what happened. In they middle of the night, they were driving on the freeway and had to slam on the brakes to avoid smashing into a car stopped in the middle of the road. For some reason, they thought it would be best to flee the vehicle and run to safety at the side of the road. They called the police and watched as other cars came along and smashed into the growing group of disabled cars in the freeway.
They learned that the original car was driven by a young girl who’s mother was present, but too drunk to drive. When they got a flat tire they decided to stop right there in the middle of the road and flag down assistance to change it. Somehow they got some poor good Samaritan to perform the tire change right there in the freeway. Last they saw of him, his crushed body was being driven in an ambulance to the hospital.
I get so upset thinking about this incident, but I was happy to provide those kids a safe ride back home and didn’t mind buying some Febreeze spray away the stink.”
There you go. Some of the 12 Weird And Horrifying Uber Stories of Uber drivers. We’re pretty sure there are other stories that are much weirder and horrifying than these. But at least we have an idea of the things that could happen inside an Uber car.
If you’re planning to be an Uber driver then you better brace yourself for these kinds of passengers. After all, people are different and you’ll never know who you’re gonna give a ride. It’s a scary and fun experience if you have the guts.