"Picked up a girl who had to go to work across town. Her boyfriend and her were arguing in the parking lot as I was approaching. Girl gets in my car and she's worried she's not going to get to work on time and she would be fired if she was late.
Get about a block away and my phone rings, I answered and tried to get it off my Bluetooth stereo to no avail. The person on the other line was her boyfriend and he said he wanted to apologize about his girlfriend and that I shouldn't listen to her because she was a 'crazy woman.' She heard all of it and didn't say a thing (very awkward).
Finally get her to work and she asks me to stay in the parking lot as she goes in and quits her job. She gets back a few minutes later and on the way home tells me that her boyfriend once broke her arm in an argument and that he was going to be very mad at her and she was worried about going back home but to take her there anyway. Ended up dropping her off and calling non-emergency but I have no clue if anything ever happened with it..."
"Got in a car chase last year because a female dancer agreed to sleep with two guys and then when they didn't have protection, she jacked their money and called me...which I didn't find out why they were following me until I almost got to her exit. I lost them well before that though.
I've been flashed by women and propositioned by both men and women. I was told the story about a Lyft driver that got detained by the cops because his rider had just murdered two people and called Lyft for the getaway. A lot of people hating on their bosses/jobs/companies as well as SO's. One lady told me she hoped her son wouldn't marry the girl he's currently with.
Had a very pretty young woman a few weekends ago tell me how much of a sub she is, and how she'll let a man do whatever, 'literally whatever' he wants to her, and how she has yet to meet a man that will agree to degrade her in the ways she wants to be, she then asked if I'd like a tip, a TIP (a hit from her vape pen), or play 'just the tip.' My next ride was waiting for her to get out, so none of those took place.
Most people and their conversations are actually pretty chill, and the crazy ones are usually few and far between."
"One time I was driving a dude for a bit of a long trip. Was gonna take around 25-30 minutes. He wasn't hammered, but definitely a bit drunk. It was late and he must've been feeling a bit down, so he confided in me and asked me for some advice.
He told me he's madly in love with his fiancé's best friend and he couldn't back out now. He'd been with this girl 4 years, and engaged for 1, ready to be married in a few months.
It was pretty sad to hear because it wasn't just your average story. It was filled with a lot of subtle emotional and mental anguish. The guy went through about 5 years of ups and downs with his girl and found an innocent friend and comfort in the best friend. After a few years, he developed feelings and it was just downhill from there.
Felt bad for the guy because he seemed like he was truly in love with his fiancé too, although he had strong feelings for this friend. He knew that going through with the marriage meant a lifetime of being around the friend and suppressing feelings, but also breaking it off meant that he lost the girl of his dreams. Seemed like a genuinely nice guy, and I hope he's doing okay."
"I typically drive very early mornings, airport runs and people going to work.
I've driven this girl now a second time. We had a great conversation the first time and this time we both thought it was crazy that I got her a second time, from another place about 20 miles away.
I already knew she was a few weeks pregnant, baby daddy not in the picture. This second conversation we talked about traveling because it's what I do quite often.
I can't remember how it got to this but she had earlier mentioned that she lived in Costa Rica. As if her life hadn't already had a lot of bad things, she had also been shot while living there.
I have a lot of passengers, but she one of the most memorable. She's such a sweet girl and her life seemed so negative but somehow she stays so positive.
Honestly, I cried a bit after dropping her off. Part of me wishes I could be there for her. We had a great connection. But also, because it helped remind me to always stay positive no matter how hard life gets. There's someone that always has it worse than you.
I appreciate her opening up to me and I wish the best to her."
"My husband had a couple that broke up in the backseat of his car while driving for Uber.
The woman made fun of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend and was talking about how she had bad teeth. The boyfriend said her teeth were fine and that she was being really judgemental. She then asked him if he was still in love with his ex. He thought for a moment, said yes, and she started crying. There was some kind of confusion about where to get dropped off since she just wanted to go home and he wanted to go somewhere the opposite direction.
Super awkward for my husband!"
"Two 40-something guys who I picked up from a bar were talking on a phone (speaker) and they were trying to make plans with a third guy who was at a party with a bunch of drunk 12 graders (exact words).
One guy in my car asked if there was anyone younger there, other dude said 'dude really?' This was then followed by silence, then he said 'freaking sweet.'
Not sure as there was missing context but it sounded like there were younger teenagers there, that were already drunk and these older dudes were going to pick up."
"Some guy came close to crying when he explained to me he went from making a lot of money to taking a worse job.
I dropped him off at a house he now has a roommate with, and he takes a significant pay cut in his new job and talks about how his friends make more money than him.
I also picked him up at a female exotic club.
I talked to him about his background a bit more after we got to his place, staying in the car. He tipped me well too. It made me sad."
"I once picked up a girl who was balling her eyes out. She sat in the front seat and nonstop cried.
After asking what was wrong it turns out she just broke up with her boyfriend. She asked me if we could just drive around and talk. I turned off the app and drove around for about an hour. I asked her where she wanted to go now. She just kept saying 'I just need to talk to someone right now.'
Eventually, I dropped her off at her apartment where she told me to wait. 30 minutes later she came out still crying and asked me to take her to her therapist. Along the way, we still talked and I still had the app off.
We exchanged personal numbers and I told her 'anytime you need someone give me a call.'
I didn't hear anything for months and kind of forgot about it.
A year later I got a call from a weird number. 'I'm okay.' It took me awhile to figure out this was the same girl. Upon trying to call her back, the phone got disconnected."
"Not so much a dark secret, as much as a potentially dark situation.
Driving around waiting for pings, get one at a popular bar. Pull up and a young woman flags me down, gives me her name, asks for mine, I'm her ride. Easy enough. There's a guy with her, they're both quite drunk. She says goodnight to him and gets in the rear passenger side door.
Homeboy isn't having it, decides he's coming with. Starts trying to convince her, despite her saying she has work early, wants to get to sleep, but he's not taking no for an answer. It's getting a bit weird as he's getting more and more pushy/aggressive about it, to the point that's she's clearly uncomfortable.
I step out of the car, and say over the top of the car 'Hey man, if she says you're not getting it the car, you're not getting in the car.' He looks over at me with hate in his eyes. I'm a bit tense, not knowing this kid's deal. He slams the door, walks away, talking badly as he goes (Really? Talking bad as you walk away? What a hard-core dude).
Get back in the car and the girl seems a little soberer after the experience and is shaken up over it. Take her back home, make sure she gets in safe. Not as scary or as weird as it could have been, but the dude gave off a bad vibe and I'm glad he took the hint and walked off."
"Lumpy, middle-aged couple straight up boned in the back seat. I drive a mini-van so it was in the 3rd row, but still pretty obvious/awkward.
Turns out their both were married, not to each other. Have been flirting for years at work, both got hammered at an office party, and ended up catching an Uber home together. We pulled up to the destination, the lady's house, literally within a minute of them...ahem..finishing. That's when I got the story from homie as I drove him home. He asked me to stop for cigarettes, then had one with the meter running outside the van. It was more than a little awkward. He tipped pretty well though, so, yeah.
Another time these people, 2 guys, and a girl, got in at the marina and wanted to go downtown. They looked like the cover models for jerk monthly magazine. This girl was 7 shades of plastic surgery, guys wearing aviator glasses, blazers over T-shirts, $300 designer jeans and loafers with no freaking socks. Oh yeah, and they're using junior high-level code words and ducking behind seats as they pass around a vial of substances.
I lol'ed, told them they don't have to hide it from me, and just please don't freaking get any on the seats. Not a huge 'secret' I guess, but it was pretty obvious both guys had nailed, and would later on be again nailing, aforementioned crash 'intimate' dummy. Fun times."
"I drove Uber in Denver for a couple months, but the singular event that forced my retirement happened on a classically Coloradoan night in late December of last year: cold, snowy, everyone completely out of it...
I wasn't planning on driving in such miserable conditions. I'm a bad enough driver as is, I have no confidence in my abilities nor should anyone else. I find the need to mention that the only reason I Uber'd people around was because I lost my job at Chick-Fil-A because of some 'can I speak to your manager' brat who wanted fat-free ranch, despite my insistence we didn't freaking have fat-free ranch. Anyways I got sassy at the brat and got fired, which finally showed me that customer service probably isn't a good job choice for a loving jerk like myself.
But I'm chilling at my apartment and the heating at my place was broken because Shawn the dummy landlord was too busy catching up on Game of Thrones to fix it, so I decide I'm available to drive this girl to the DCPA (Denver Center for the Performing Arts) just to get outta the apartment.
This girl lives directly underneath me, but I've never met her before. She's a solid 8/10: curvy, blonde, about 5'2 and with the goofiest smile you'd ever see. As I'm driving her there, she starts telling me the story of why she's all alone on this chilly pre-Christmas night.
Turns out, her ex-boyfriend Scott was supposed to go to this play with her tonight but he's a major jerk. The stories about him start off small enough: he got with her best friend, lied about it, basic stuff right? Not even close! Turns out he was dealing drugs from the basement of her old house, like hardcore drugs and stuff, and got her arrested for it. Thankfully she was proven not guilty in court (the evidence was entirely circumstantial) but he had skipped town, so she was left to suffer on her own. She tells me he was abusive, beat her nightly, and tried to take advantage of her before she broke up with him. My sympathy senses are going off the charts for her. She even sheds a few tears.
Apologizing for spilling her history, she asks if I want to see this show with her. She still has the extra ticket. I, of course, jump at the chance to go on a date with this hot bombshell who's probably definitely out of my league, so I agree.
We park about a block away from the DCPA and have to walk the rest of the way. The snow is sprinkling around us like this magical fairytale, and I'm getting serious vibes from her, like 'I'm totally gonna get with you tonight if you ask' vibes.
We get to our seats in the show when she asks me if I want to go backstage to meet the actresses before it starts. That's against the rules, right? Well, Girl insists she knows them and it's fine. So she takes me on this shady little path backstage and pulls out a set of keys (KEYS) to unlock the doors.
Red flags are going off, yea, but I'm wanting to get laid, and the last thing I wanna do is annoy her...
She takes me to the green room and introduces me to this dude called Scott, one of the lead actors. He looks at her and starts freaking the heck out, which is when she pulls out a freaking knife and stabs him in the gut.
That Scott was the same Scott that broke up with her. I got the heck out of there, called the cops and ER, and when everything calmed down, smoked and googled his name.
Turns out, she was the dealer and crazy lady that skipped town. He was her innocent boyfriend who found out and ratted her out to the cops, and she wanted her revenge. She tried to pin the stabbing on me, but when the police interrogated me, they found out all about the 'tree-fiddy,' that she left in my car before she left. She was actually a monster in disguise. Who knew?
And THAT was the end of my Uber career."
"I overheard these 3 thugs talk about how the guy in the front seat murdered some guy. It sounded legit, one on the back let it slip and the other guy in the back got angry at the first for saying it. Then the entire car fell silent.
Another time I was driving this guy home after work. He owned a nightclub, lived in a nice house with a family (we were chatting a bit). He then told me to drive past his house and pull over while he makes a phone call. I then over hear this dude talking to, what is obviously a waitress at his nightclub he was having an affair with. He was talking about when his wife would be gone so they could see each other again. The conversation got very detailed and explicit.
I have both conversations on audio-recording. I record all my rides, must have hundreds of good stories."
"I met a guy who owns a dispensary in Colorado but he lives in my state. He was drunk. He told me all about cheating on his wife with his girlfriend. His girlfriend got mad when he decided to go back to his wife. So this guy apparently would bring carry-on bags filled with stuff back from Colorado.
The angry girlfriend knew about this and ratted him out to the police. They were waiting for him when he got off the plane from one of his trips. He was arrested. I guess he was out on bail or something. I drove him to his apartment. He was hoping his wife would forgive him and let him move back into their house. He kept telling me how much he loved her."
"Picked up a girl mid-Saturday. She was a bit upset and a little teary and opened up to me. Turned out a business she had started was failing and she was in debt and had turned to stripping on the side to cover the bills.
She said the pay was good but she kept getting really sick from all the booze she felt obliged to drink (part of her job was making guys spend money at the bar). She hated it and felt trapped and kept asking me what I would do in her situation (I'm a guy, so kind of hard for me to answer). Tried to give her the best advice I could think of like getting the tax office to withhold tax for a while, but couldn't help really. The only thing I could do was end the trip early.
The other one was a couple of off duty cops who didn't want their friends to know they were using it. Uber is still in a legal 'gray area' here."
"It wasn't so much weird as it was random but my first night driving for Uber/Lyft I picked up a dude at 2:30 AM that was finishing up a pub crawl.
The dude was dressed in a purple dinosaur onesie and was HAMMERED.
He got in and started telling me his entire life story and how he came out to his parents and moved across the country the next day."
"Uber driver here, just got back from one of my weirder nights, actually.
Picked up 3 guys in Los Angeles, they had about a 15-minute ride. They seemed like jerk 'Bro' types, so I put on a 50-yard stare and keep driving.
The 2 guys in The bonus start swapping intimacy stories, and one of them mentions a girl who refused to sleep with him a second time because she 'felt forced into it' the first time. His exact words were 'I guess she said 'no', but whatever,' to which his friend gave him a high five and the three of them laughed.
He literally took advantage of a girl. Such a scary and terrible human!"
"I picked up this young overly affectionate couple that spent the entire trip making out in my backseat and telling each other that they loved each other. Cute.
So I drop off the couple and head on my way to pick up my text fare.
I hear a cellphone ring in my backseat, realize it's my previous ride's, and pick up the phone to let them know I have it and I'll come back to drop it off. Turns out it was the guy's wife phoning to check in on him while he was on a business trip, which he was thoroughly enjoying with his mistress."
"Less than a week ago I picked up this chick from a bar.
She was rude right off the bat, sat in the passenger seat. She proceeded to call some guy and accuse him of being bipolar and told him to leave her alone and then she launched into the most sexually explicit conversation I've ever heard ANYONE have in my presence. It's so over the top I can't even describe it...
I'm not offended, I'm not that type, but embarrassed for her. I've had a run of stupid people this past week, and she was just enough to make the top of the list. Only to beat the moron I took home that had no pants on and had to rely on someone else to get him the ride. It was an interesting week."
"Drove UBER one night...it was pretty tame until I picked up two guys who wanted to go to a strip club 40 miles away. As they requested an UberSelect fare I was happy to drive that far. ($80-100) It took them 15 minutes to get ready and into the car and they seemed cool so I wasn't worried.
As soon as we got on the freeway the guy in the passenger seat started asking about UBER driving and things got dark. After a few minutes, he started saying stuff like 'what would you do if someone just grabbed the steering wheel and ran the car into the median' and 'have you ever thought about what would happen if someone in the back seat tried to strangle you while you were driving?' I got a little freaked out and tried to lighten the mood by asking what they were celebrating, etc, but the one guy just kept at it.
I was happy to get to the strip club and get them the hell out of the car. The bonus, was the bouncer at the club gave me $40 for dropping them off there. I never drove UBER again. SCREW that.
"Former Uber driver here. Picked a girl up a sweet girl from a bar on a Wednesday night - absolutely hammered, about 10 pm. She got into my car, apologized for being so drunk and politely asked if we could just drive around a little while, with the windows down.
I was prepping for a cleaning fee, trying to drive and pull a vomit bag out of the glove box, but no, she just did that airplane thing with one hand out the backseat window. She asked me if I had ever thought about dying, to which I replied, yeah - I guess so.
That's when she told me that she had cancer. It was in her brain and it was too far gone to consider chemo. I remember my heart just pounding. She told me she was dying and she was going to be okay. Tonight she was celebrating with her work friends who threw her a going-away party. She told them she was taking a position abroad.
'I just didn't tell them that abroad was heaven.'
Oh My GOSH! I turned off my app and cried myself all the way home."