Uber driver claims driver falsely accused him of drunk driving

An Uber driver has sparked a discussion on TikTok after claiming he was banned from driving on duty after a customer falsely claimed he was driving while drunk.

In a video with over 34,000 views, TikTok user David (@uberdadnhotwater) shares his story — a series of events he claims led to a two-day suspension despite not drinking.

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According to David, he had picked up a driver around 10:30 p.m. Throughout the ride, he says, the customer complained about the price of the ride as the fare spiked to $100.

“I tried to explain to him that I’m the only XL driver – I think I was the only Uber driver at the time, and sometimes that happens,” David recalls.

Soon, David claims he overheard the customer telling someone on the phone that they “know how to get a refund for their Uber ride.”

“That immediately raised alarms,” ​​notes David.

When David arrived at the destination, he claimed the customer tried to offer him $25 in cash to take him back to the original pickup point. David refused and reported the customer.

“An hour and a half later I was suspended for drunk driving,” says David. The TikToker denies drinking and states that he doesn’t drink at all. He also claims he offered to Uber all his dash cam footage for the evening and even called support to show he was consistent. Despite this, a ban was imposed on him.

“Two years of experience, 4,000 rides, 4.99 rating maintained, and Uber will take the word of a random driver who, from what I understand now on our Facebook page, has done this to other drivers,” explains David.

Uber eventually restored his account but gave him a 48-hour “security ban.” As he explains in a follow-up video, this ban cost him a significant amount of money.

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“I’m not coming into work tonight, not coming into work tomorrow night, so like $700 or $800 for those two nights,” David elaborates. “It sucks, but it is what it is.”

A later video revealed that he is back to work.

In the comments section, users called out to Uber about this policy, with many saying they had experienced something similar.

“Happened to me years ago,” claimed one user. “They believe the passenger more than the drivers. This is how Uber treats its drivers.”

“It happened to me too,” claimed another. “It’s unfair to us that Uber chooses to believe them and not even listen to our side.”

“Happened to me when I was taking rides. Guy told his friend he drives for free all the time,” wrote a third. “20 minutes later I’m blocked because a headlight went out. He has lied.”

The Daily Dot contacted David via Instagram DM and Uber via email.


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*Initial publication: February 6, 2023 7:38 am CST

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