Recently, two Uber passengers, Miami resident doctor, Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon and ex-Taco Bell executive, Benjamin Golden same the same words, “That’s not me.” Their words appear to resonate like a familiar song sung by many people who are confronted with the truth about their actions resulting from consuming too much alcohol that leads them into big trouble.
One of the first signs of having an alcohol problem is denial. I’ve personally have been through that process of denial myself. So, when Ramkissoon and Golden started singing, I knew the all too familiar tune having sung it before myself.
Over the past 5 years as a licensed cab driver in Chicago and now a rideshare driver, I’ve experienced several occasions compromising situations with intoxicated passengers. I’ve had a drunk passenger threaten to punch me in the face on a Halloween. I drove another passenger over 10 miles home, only to be given directions that lead me circling around his neighborhood before he bailed out of my cab. And, I’ve even been drug into court on a filed complaint from a drunk passenger after I legally ejected him out of my cab. Unfortunately, none of my experiences were captured on camera. And,none of them made national headlines.
For those that are entering into the ridesharing industry (another name for a public chauffeur), these are all too familiar stories that cab drivers share all the time. It’s only because the ridesharing industry is so new, that it is gaining national attention.
Anyone entering the ridesharing industry can expect many of these types of horrific experiences to happen to them. The worst experience that are surely to come in the future to a rideshare driver is their death. Over the years, it’s happened to many cab drivers. Being a public chauffeur (or if you prefer rideshare driver) is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world next to being a police officer. Beware.