SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Drivers in the Bay Area, New York and other big cities say they are increasingly experiencing unwanted passengers climbing in the back seat of their cars.
the uber effect: a random dude just tried to get in my car. #sfpriusproblems—
Elaine Filadelfo (@urchkin) June 10, 2014
Dozens of people have taken to social media to complain about total strangers assuming that they were working for the San Francisco-based cab-alternative. The system, which operates in 44 countries, requires drivers to create an account with payment info before they can hail a ride using the company’s app.
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Some drivers say Uber users have mistaken them more than once for their ride.
Tonight marks the second time a random person has tried to get in my car because they thought I was an Uber driver. THE SECOND TIME.—
Jamie Coletta (@jamiecoletta) February 07, 2014
Based on Tweets, Prius and SUV drivers appear to be the primary victims of the confusion.
As if I needed more evidence of the monotonous ubiquity of the Los Angeles Prius, today, I was mistaken for someone's Uber driver.—
William Salyers (@wlsalyers) June 29, 2014
Some say the mistaken identity is a particular issue when operating late at night when people have been drinking. The company says real drivers undergo a background check, which includes a criminal records screening.