A 20-year-old woman reported an Uber driver for not taking her to get an abortion.
The college student is looking to take legal against the driver.
She posted on Reddit earlier this month: “I’m in college in upstate NY and I don’t have a car on campus because it’s expensive.
“I’m 20 years old and I found out I was pregnant and subsequently decided I wanted an abortion because I’m in no position to care for a child,” she added.
The student found a clinic 30 minutes from her university. “Because I don’t have a car, I rely on Uber and [L]yft to get me places.”
She then described her interaction with the Uber driver who tried to dissuade her from having an abortion before telling her he couldn’t take her to the clinic.
“My appointment was at 11:30am so at 9:58am my Uber arrived and he immediately seemed uncomfortable. After about five minutes in the car, he asked, ‘are we going to a planned parenthood?’ I said no (because we weren’t), but it set off alarm bells that he would even ask that,” she continued.
“The destination I put in was just the name of the doctor and the address of the clinic, there was nothing that would suggest it was an abortion clinic. After a few more minutes he asked, ‘are we going to an abortion clinic?’
“I was shocked. I had no idea what to say, so I just remained quiet. He then said ‘I know it’s none of my business, but…’ and proceeded to mention something about his wife being pregnant, how awful the procedure was (and proceeded to explain it in graphic detail), and that ‘there is so much they don’t tell you’.
“He then said ‘you’re going to regret this decision for the rest of your life’ and that I was making a mistake.”
On the way to the clinic, the driver suddenly pulled over. “He said ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t take you the rest of the way. I can take you back to [my city], but you won’t be able to find another Uber out here.’
“I got out of the car and immediately started crying,” the student added. “I called my parents each three times but they didn’t pick up. Then I called my boyfriend and he picked up right away. He managed to calm me down and told me to let the clinic know what was happening and to call some local cab companies.”
The driver stayed for about 15 minutes and asked again if she wanted to go back to the city with him but she declined.
“After he left, a cab came and I got to my appointment (an hour late),” she expressed.
“I reported the driver to Uber and the next day I filed a police report with my city’s police department. Someone on Uber’s team got in touch with me after I told them about the police report and called me to get a detailed account of what happened,” she added.
“I told them everything on a call that was recorded, and the rep mentioned that it appeared the driver had taken a less direct route to get me to my destination prior to dropping me off.”
“Within a few days they reached out again and told me the driver had been banned from Uber. However, I’d like to pursue further legal action against the driver if at all possible. Do I have a case? What should my next steps be?” she asked on Reddit.
What’s your take on this? Let us know in the comments section and SHARE this with your friends and family!
“Driver Suddenly Stops Car, Sending Sleeping Woman Without Seatbelt Flying Into The Footwelll”