As kids, our society is taught to never get into a car with, or accept rides from strangers. So why are so many people doing exactly that?
The rise in popular rideshare services like the Uber and Lyft apps has created a startling trend.
People are jumping into random idling cars of complete strangers. They’re doing so without even confirming their identity as the pre-arranged driver. It is leaving a lot of uncomfortable and annoyed people to voice their complaints on social media.
“”Are you Lyft? OH MY GOD YOU’RE NOT” — the woman who got in my car while I was trying to park,” Louis Peitzman recounted in a tweet.
Apps like Uber and Lyft offer a way for people to arrange taxi-like services. They do this by allowing potential passengers to arrange a pick-up via the app with a local driver, at a specified time and place.
It’s a great way for drivers to make money with their cars, but very strange for unsuspecting people just trying to go about their day in their own little metal box.
Unfortunately, some passengers are just hopping right into any car they assume is for them, without checking that the make and model of the vehicle matches that of their arranged pick-up.
Both would-be passengers and startled drivers have taken to Twitter to express their shock over the embarrassing instances of mistaken identity.
“Tonight marks the second time a random person has tried to get in my car because they thought I was an Uber driver,” tweeted Jamie Coletta. “THE SECOND TIME.”
Some messages indicated that the type of car being driven could cause passengers to mistake the vehicle for a ride service.
“TheUuber effect: a random dude just tried to get in my car. #sfpriusproblems” was posted by Elaine Filadelfo, implying that the Toyota hybrid is commonly used by Uber drivers.