Philly College Students Say Uber Driver Stranded Them at Deserted Construction Site
The women claim they had a nightmarish experience that left them running for safety last week.
Two students at Temple and Drexel universities say they had a nightmarish Uber rider earlier this month — and they’re warning other Philly women to be cautious when using the app.
According to FOX29, the two young women (who asked not to be identified) were leaving a concert at the Electric Factory around 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 9th. The girls say they were traveling to one of their apartments in University City.
During the ride, the driver made “weird comments like ‘I like when I have pretty customers,'” one of the students said. When they got to the destination, the driver allegedly continued past the location. One woman claimed that when she told the driver he passed her apartment, he responded “yeah” and kept driving. He appeared calm and quiet after that, they said.
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Eventually, the driver allegedly stopped the car underneath what the women called “a deserted construction parking lot area” and used the app to end the ride. The women said they jumped out of the vehicle and ran.
After they found their way home, the students contacted Uber, which credited them $5 and apologized for the experience, they claim.
Reached via email Monday, an Uber spokesperson said it received a report of the ride and is looking into the women’s claims. The spokesperson said the company regrets “that the riders didn’t have an ideal experience.”
According to company data, the riders were dropped off roughly two blocks from their final destination.
The women told FOX29 that they filed a police report. Uber said it is ready to work with police on any potential investigation.