Uber Happy to Be Your Getaway Car


Woman Steals from Gas Station – Uses Ride Share as Getaway Car

Cristal M Clark 

If your the type and I hope that you are not, but if you are the type of individual who likes to shoplift, you should refrain from attempting to utilize Uber and/or Lyft as your getaway vehicle. 

Turns out, that is not the greatest of ideas. 


Back in July, 24-year-old Kate Bailey Francis Lamothe decided she really, really, really wanted to vape, but running low on cash, she opted to steal a Juul vape device from an Exxon gas station in Pinellas Park, Florida. 

Kate did not drive herself to the gas station of course, so how does one get away quickly after stealing without any wheels of your own? That’s right, use an Uber or Lyft as your getaway vehicle, which is just what Kate did. 


According to court records, Kate ran out of the gas station after being handed the Juul device by a store clerk where she initially attempted to have her Lyft driver leave the location but he refused to drive off, so Kate had to resort to plan B and then called an Uber and tried to use it to leave the scene.


Officials said she was detained in a nearby parking lot inside the Uber she hailed. She was charged with retail theft and admitted to the suspected crime after being read her rights, deputies noted.

Deputies also noted that Kate had an open warrant for domestic assault out of Tennessee at the time of her arrest in Pinellas County. A court appearance on that charge is listed for 2020.

Kate has taken a plea and agreed to pay $350 in fines and court costs.

Sadly, no one knows if Kate has learned her lesson here but it is good to know that while Lyft drivers will not allow you to use them as a getaway driver, Uber however will gladly assist you in the event you need a getaway driver. 

Cristal M Clark

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Uber Driver Robbing Passengers

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More Woes for Uber

Cristal M Clark

Uber just cannot seem to stay out of the news and by news, I mean bad news. In the past several years Uber and Uber Eats drivers have faced a plethora of charges, from assault, rape, to attempted murder and more recently the news has reported in detail just how easy it is for someone to print out an Uber logo and pretend to be an Uber driver. I actually saw this recently although the individual who had the fake Uber sticker in his window didn’t quite cut it out like a professional, it honestly looked like a 5-year-old did the work and the guy was smoking whilst driving. A pretty clear indication he was not in fact, a driver for Uber.


Straight off the wire today Police in San Mateo, California, have arrested 38-year-old Jackie Gordon Wilson, who allegedly dropped off his Uber Passengers at the airport then went back to their home to rob them blind.

What an ahole.

Surveillance footage from a doorbell camera showed a man approaching the front door on Thursday, then walking away from the house. Police say he was chased off when the security alarm went off.

But that was clearly not enough to make him stop trying to rob anyone because he was later caught on camera breaking into another home a few blocks away. The house was ransacked and a number of items had been stolen.

Jackie spent 4 hours, yes 4 hours ransacking the home and was seen on video taking bag after bag of valuables, including heirlooms that had been saved during the Holocaust.

The victim just so happened to post video of the burglary online and the other homeowner saw it and showed it to his former guests who recognized the man as their Uber driver.

During his arrest, some of the stolen property was found in his home as well as the clothes he was seen wearing in the videos.

Jackie was charged with first degree burglary, attempted first degree burglary, and resisting arrest.

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What is really shocking about this, is that many of the ride shares around share the same drivers so how is it that Lyft is not experiencing the same issues as Uber does? Uber seemingly has an unprecedented number of claims surrounding the service such as fake drivers, raping and killing women, violent prone drivers they supposedly background check to attempting to murder those that forgo a tip.


Uber not only has a bad reputation for passengers a quick Google search shows just how tarnished that reputation is with its drivers so it would be a fair assumption to believe that Uber is not able to attract the right kind of driver like other ride shares do, you know drivers who are not in the business of robbery, raping or killing.


Quite Simply put, Uber needs to do a lot more in an effort to protect it’s passengers and they are clearly not willing to step up to the plate yet.

Cristal M Clark

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Uber is a poorly run organization


Or just a really easy target


With an overwhelming number of what seems like a never ending stream of lawsuits one has to wonder is Uber poorly run by management or just an easy target?

Uber is well known for it’s ability to get you a ride wherever you are, whenever you need it, they are more reliable than a actual taxi.

Uber is also well known for the number of lawsuits it’s been hit with since it started back in 2009.

That begs two questions:

Is Uber so poorly run by it’s management that, that is the reason for the many lawsuits


Is Uber just a really easy target for now? Easy to sue because like with the McDonald’s famous coffee lawsuit, right now the warnings that might prevent such lawsuits simply do not exist?

Currently, Uber has 70 and counting, Federal cases in the US awaiting trial and with so many in various states that it’s difficult to count let alone keep track of.

The suits stem from Governments, employees, customers and competitors for a plethora of different reasons.

Government’s Crack the Whip

While Uber rushes to set up shop everywhere that they can, they often times ignore rather blatantly regulations until the Government comes after them that is. So it’s don’t ask but just do and say sorry later for these guys when they set up shop.

A huge no-no for Uber

One of the largest cases against Uber currently is a class action lawsuit where employees were denied benefits because Uber classified them as contractors yet treated them like employees. Employers who hire contractors often make the mistake of treating the contractor as an employee therefore they open themselves up to lawsuits over lack of benefits being offered.

Background Checks

In Austin, Texas both Uber and Lyft stopped servicing the area because they would have been required to conduct more thorough background checks on drivers they hire. So rather than suck it up and agree to the background checks, they stopped service and the employee’s are suing over it.

Uber just runs a person’s name and social security number and critics say that just running the two are not enough because things can be missed.

Which is true if you work in HR. What is Uber really running, are they running the info to see if the individual has a legal right to work in the US, or are they running a full and complete background check on it’s drivers?



So while some of us love Uber and have zero complaints, numerous customers have sued them over issues caused by the drivers. And Uber names the drivers as contractors, meaning that legally, only the individual driver could be sued, yet despite that, Uber is almost always named in the lawsuits filed against it’s drivers.

Whatever you do, Do Not drink the complimentary bottle of water…

Uber has faced more lawsuits for sexual assault, rape and attacks since it’s inception that I have lost track of just how many they had, have or that are currently pending. A woman in 2014 says that she drank a “complimentary” bottle of water in her Uber ride and woke up the next morning in her hotel room, naked. The driver had sexually assaulted her.

Why are good background checks are needed?

~ A driver ran over a 6 year old little girl in 2013 and killed her.

~ Just recently it was discovered that a driver in Boston was a convicted sex offender.

~ A part-time Uber driver was recently charged with DUI in Maryland.

~ A Toronto Uber driver was recently accused of assaulting two people

~ An Australian woman fled for her life after having been strangled by her Uber Driver

The list is long and extensive but if you want to view it, hop over to “Who’s Driving You” they keep a pretty comprehensive list of incidents from both Lyft and Uber. You’ll find the link at the end of this story. 

You don’t need your service animal, besides the less you see or hear, the less likely you are to sue

Uber has been sued for not allowing service animals by the National Federation of the Blind for, not allowing service animals. They had reports of drivers refusing to pick up riders who had service animals and one report of a driver who actually put the service animal in the trunk.

Price fixing???

No, after everything Uber has been accused of they wouldn’t dare price fix? Think again, Uber has been sued for price fixing, and in the essence of a good drama back in July evidence was provided to the court that Uber and CEO Travis Kalanick hired a private investigator to look at the complainant in some odd attempt to discredit what they were suing them for.

So why hasn’t the Government shut these guys down?

As far as employment laws are concerned, an infraction in terms classifying seemingly true employees as contractors simply isn’t enough to shut any organization down. Even more clearly, the fines associated with Uber mis-classifying individuals aren’t even enough to shut them down.

Because for every single complaint or lawsuit against Uber, the majority of the issues are stemming from the drivers. Cities and states that allow Uber to operate must be the ones to put a nail in the coffin and demand that Uber run strict background checks and when they don’t, they must be the one’s to hold the drivers, Uber and it’s CEO accountable.

Uber’s business model is clearly rush in, ignore any and all regulations until we are slapped lightly on the wrist for doing it.  Set up shop and hire anyone that we can to drive regardless of his or her background and bring everyone in as a contractor until we are told we cannot classify them as contractors.

One would think it would be much less costly as a business to actually play by the rules than to shell out all the legal fee’s Uber has for not playing by the rules, but I guess Uber has some sort of lifetime supply of disposable income rolling in.

To answer the question of whether or not Uber is a poorly run organization or an easy target? Well it’s neither. It’s a brilliant idea that has been allowed to get away with ignoring or sidestepping the rules.

Cristal M Clark


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