While like Uber and Lyft have made going to-and-fro places so much easier, rideshare horror stories also popped up as soon as they became the go-to means of transportation.
The following stories range from awkward to horrific and should be enough to make you more careful the next time you hop into a stranger’s car.
The Kalamazoo Killer
Michigan Uber Driver, Jason Brian Dalton, was charged with six counts of murderÂ in February 2016. Apparently, he shot his targets at random, while picking up and dropping off riders in between each murder.
Authorities were later able to come up with a list of his victims. This included a woman, who was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He followed this up by killing a father and son outside a car dealership. He finished things up by shooting five pool in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he killed four and gravely wounded one 14-year-old girl.
What’s more remarkable about this is that he continued ferrying people around. He even had one passenger who took an Uber instead of walking because he was afraid that an active shooter was on the loose, not knowing that his driver was the killer himself.
Dalton was arrested without incident in downtown Kalamazoo. He had no apparent motive, nor connection to the victims. He simply just wanted to see the world burn.
The Thousand Dollar Ride
On New Year’s Eve 2015, Matthew Lindsay and four friends, who all reside in Edmonton, Alberta, opted to ride an Uber as they were leaving a wedding in Mill Woods. The crew had already been notified of the surge pricing already beforehand, but they didn’t realize that the surge was so much that they ended up being charged $1,114.75 for their ride.
Lucky for them, Uber was willing to discuss the matter and agreed to partially refund Lindsay to the tune of $500.