A woman has opened up about the shocking moment she claims she was “dumped” from an Uber after the driver figured out she was on her way to an abortion clinic.
Taking to Reddit, the 20-year-old woman had typed in a Planned Parenthood clinic around an hour away from her student accommodation in New York. But soon after she got in the car, she noticed her driver “seemed uncomfortable”.
“After a few more minutes he asked, ‘are we going to an abortion clinic?’ I was shocked; I had no idea what to say, so I just remained quiet,” she wrote.
“He then said ‘I know it’s none of my business, but…’ and proceeded to mention something about his wife being pregnant.”
After also starting to talk about “how awful the procedure is”, the driver then told the young woman she was going to “regret this decision for the rest of her life”.
“It took all of my strength not to start crying but I managed to keep it together by looking out the window and avoiding his gaze,” she continued.
It didn’t end there, though. Around half way through the journey the driver pulled over with no warning.
“There was a gas station and a closed antiques store, and around us was farmland and forest. He said ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t take you the rest of the way. I can take you back to [my city], but you won’t be able to find another Uber out here’,” she wrote.
The woman got out of the car and immediately started crying. The driver stuck around for a further 10-15 minutes and offered to drive her back home, which she declined.
She ended up calling a local cab company, with the help of her boyfriend on the phone, and arrived at her appointment an hour late.
The woman went on to report the driver to the police. Uber have since confirmed to her that he has been banned from working for the company.
People rushed to support the woman on the Reddit thread.
“There’s a BIG difference between refusing to drive someone to a destination/dropping them off somewhere they didn’t ask, and intentionally driving out of your way to shame and leave them stranded based on your perceived moral high ground,” one user wrote.
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