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Went against the norm, picked up a 4.4 rider. It was 2:30am figured ill do this last one. Picked him up at an apartment, headed towards the destination which he put in, in advance. Half way there he says he is just picking something up and asked me to wait. I said are we heading back to the pickup location, he stated no you can drop me at the gas station down the street. At this point I'm uncomfortable. Once we arrived he guides me to the tennis courts, which are dark and secluded. He calls someone says I'm here, tells me he'll be right back. Once he disappeared I ended the trip and took off.

Screw that, I'm no drug mule. Emailed Lyft about it. Dude Obviously rated me a 1. Waiting to hear back from support, want to get that rating removed and that dude deactivated. Yes he'll probably create another account but I know his address now if he happens to come up again.
 

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If you go 1.2 miles straight, make a left at Union Blvd., then go 2 blocks south, you'll see that's where you messed up.

Never pick up below 4.6.

In all seriousness, though, that's a pretty scary situation! I think you did good because you feared for your well-being. Let's hope the Lyft gods agree.
 

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Drug runs are bad news anymore. If the guy is not ducking bullets as he runs back to your car, you are lucky. The foregoing, of course, assumes that you are still in one piece when he does return, as waiting in places like that can get you bothered by some of the local hoodlums. If none of the above occurs, the Police could be watching, and, as your vehicle was "used in the commission of an illegal act", the Police could seize it. Yes, you could sue, and probably get it back, but when you go to pick it up from the impound yard, it has at least two flat tyres, it is missing a fender and water somehow managed to get inside it leaving mould and a rather stale smell. All of this assumes that the passenger does not rob you for what little cash that you may have or your credit or bank cards.

You were smart to get out of there. Usually, the Uber or Lyft people are more understanding. Had I done that in my cab, and the passenger had complained at best, the Taxicab Commission would give me a nasty fine; at worst, yank my hack licence. Thugs, druggies and other assorted criminals and insidious characters have more rights than does a cab driver.
 

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Update: After two emails to Lyft about this issue and no response I have lost my faith in their system. It is just Uber for me from now on. If they do not care enough about their drivers being at risk I do not care to drive for them.
 

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Update: After two emails to Lyft about this issue and no response I have lost my faith in their system. It is just Uber for me from now on. If they do not care enough about their drivers being at risk I do not care to drive for them.
To be fare you're going off speculation about what he was doing. The fact is you don't know so demanding someone be deactivated because of the illegal thing you assume their doing is silly. And on Lyft's system if you rate the 3 or lower they won't match you with them again sooo what's the issue?
 

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You have to listen to your "little voice" If you were not comfortable being in your car with this guy, or at the place he told you to drive to LEAVE!

He can cancel.. after all, he will need another Uber to take him home, right? If the pax cancels, NO rating.... same as if you booted out a bad pax.

An Uber Driver was shot (in the arm) recently in Venice... the shots were meant for gang types in his car, but he got SHOT!
 

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To be fare you're going off speculation about what he was doing. The fact is you don't know so demanding someone be deactivated because of the illegal thing you assume their doing is silly. And on Lyft's system if you rate the 3 or lower they won't match you with them again sooo what's the issue?
Come on D Town, you and I both know what the dude was doing. I left with no issues the next driver may not be as lucky. The signs were there. I am thinking of me and the next guy, he was rated a 1 (by me) and I will never be paired with him again but that means someone else may pick him up. If I put him on the radar maybe it will be hard for him to setup alternate accounts.
 

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Um, no. with Uber even if you give a pax 1 star it does not prevent you from getting them again...

you are thinking of Lyft perhaps?
 

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Come on D Town, you and I both know what the dude was doing. I left with no issues the next driver may not be as lucky. The signs were there. I am thinking of me and the next guy, he was rated a 1 (by me) and I will never be paired with him again but that means someone else may pick him up. If I put him on the radar maybe it will be hard for him to setup alternate accounts.
You DID look out for the next driver. You lowered an already low rated pax's rating further. If a driver wants to accept a pax that's in the low 4's or lower that's on them. They know going in this pax has MANY problems.

If they banned ever pax that was going somewhere to buy drugs we'd likely have to stop responding to bars and clubs all together and that's just to start. If we ban all pax who could conceivably be doing something shady at some point on some trip we aren't driving 70% - 80% of the population. Thank you for your concern but I'm still going to give Lyft a try especially since they at least give me the option of never being matched with someone who doesn't agree with me ever again.
 

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Update: After two emails to Lyft about this issue and no response I have lost my faith in their system. It is just Uber for me from now on. If they do not care enough about their drivers being at risk I do not care to drive for them.
Yeah, great idea! Stick with uber. Uber care about its drivers a lot. If this incident happened on uber platform, you'd probably be matched with the same guy the next time he needs supplies.
 

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Yeah, great idea! Stick with uber. Uber care about its drivers a lot. If this incident happened on uber platform, you'd probably be matched with the same guy the next time he needs supplies.
In over 600 rides with Uber I have never encountered a situation like I did with Lyft. Could it happen?, possibly but it hasn't yet.
 

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In over 600 rides with Uber I have never encountered a situation like I did with Lyft. Could it happen?, possibly but it hasn't yet.
I've been OFFERED drugs working Uber twice and there is no mechanism to make sure I won't get them again and I assure you Uber did NOT deactivate or even acknowledge my emails.
 
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