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The scenario: found myself stuck in Omaha's downtown/Old Market/crazy bar district after midnight last Saturday.

The red flag: a girl immediately accosts me with a $5 spot after I identified my rider, saying "please make sure he gets home safely....please!" She runs back into bar without waiting for my reply.

The inebriated pax's first words after we begin ride: "those b&@$*es just ditched me--they are ruthless b*^%#es!"

My response: "that sucks" "is blah blah blah the correct destination?" "Is the AC okay back there?"

Pax response: "it's fine girl--it's good--just want to get home."

Five minutes into a 30 min trip: pax passed old cold in my backseat. I think, okay, it was bound to happen at some point, I'll worry about it at the destination and hope he wakes up.

Destination nonsense: I spend ten minutes trying to wake this dude up--called his phone--opened his door--yelled his name several times--cursing myself for even accepting this ride in the first place--vowing to go offline as soon as I get him out of my car.

Pax upon waking (FINALLY): "calm down" "stop freaking out" --he then stumbles out of my car, leaving his phone and a lighter on the seat--I give him his stuff and mumble "have a good night" as my adrenaline and irritation subside. He looks over his shoulder and drunkenly says "see ya girl."

My realization as I get back in the driver's seat and end trip: I didn't end the call the last time I called him to try to wake him up and the voicemail being left on his phone was reaching the four minute mark...I wonder how confused he was when he checked his messages the next day.

The root of my shock after the entire ordeal: that the pax's friend thought it was only worth $5 extra to have an uber driver escort her drunken friend home. That's worth at least $10. Just sayin'.
 

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Have you done this before? Didn't seem to be an emergency. I have read many threads offer the same advice, but he was breathing & everything. I don't know...I feel like calling 911 might be an overreaction. Or am I under-reacting?
 

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Jedi,

I have had my life experiences. Drunken pax has not been one of them. It is in the back of my mind to dial 911 should I not be able to awaken someone. You do not know if they take medication that is negatively reacting to the alcohol, or not. My opinion it is better to be safe than sorry. You are doing it for the other person's welfare, and to CYA. People are too suit-happy if they think a person did not act like a "normal" person would.

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Take care of yourself out there. :)
 

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Jedi,

I have had my life experiences. Drunken pax has not been one of them. It is in the back of my mind to dial 911 should I not be able to awaken someone. You do not know if they take medication that is negatively reacting to the alcohol, or not. My opinion it is better to be safe than sorry. You are doing it for the other person's welfare, and to CYA. People are too suit-happy if they think a person did not act like a "normal" person would.

JM2cW
Take care of yourself out there. :)
Thank you--sound and sagacious advice! Much appreciated. You are totally right--didn't think about possible meds or health issues. That scenario could have become really ugly really fast. I got lucky. Thank you
 

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You are not trained to deal with drunks. You are not trained to deal with passed out people. The Police are trained to deal with all of the above. The ambulance crews are trained to deal with all of the above. Put a hand on a passenger for whatever reason and depending on the jurisdiction, you could be looking at both civil and criminal assault charges.

If it happens again, call the Police. It is their job to deal with drunks, not yours.
 
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You are not trained to deal with drunks. You are not trained to deal with passed out people. The Police are trained to deal with all of the above. The ambulance crews are trained to deal with all of the above. Put a hand on a passenger for whatever reason and depending on the jurisdiction, you could be looking at both civil and criminal assault charges.

If it happens again, call the Police. It is their job to deal with drunks, not yours.
Thank you--will def handle these situations differently in the future. I appreciate the advice! You're right--my job is to drive, not deal with passed out drunks who aren't aware of what's going on. Huge liability issue! So glad I lucked out on that one...
 

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People pass out from drinking because they are being poisoned by the alcohol. They are OD'ing, same as any other drug. You do not know their tolerances or how much they drank that day. You don't know if they were dosed with a roofie or took some medication earlier that may be reacting with the alcohol. In any situation, if you try to wake someone up and they don't respond, you should call 911. All the great reasons are already mentioned above, so I won't reiterate that part. With an OD (alcohol or otherwise) the person passes out/becomes non-responsive, starts to go into respiratory failure, pukes as the body tries to get rid of the poison and then dies. Puking doesn't always happen, and it's possible the person puked before they passed out (we've all been there), so you have no idea at what part of this process they are in.

Kudos to you for not pulling him out of your car, leaving him propped up against a tree and robbing him.
 

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If you have a passed out pax in the backseat whom you cannot rouse with a simple shake, it is time to dial 911 & let the ambulance crew deal with it.

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And it will teach pax not to drink so much.
 
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If the pax is passed out and you can't awaken them at the end of the ride, poor some hot coffee or a cup of urine in their face. That will wake them up, real fast.
 

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"Kudos to you for not pulling him out of your car, leaving him propped up against a tree and robbing him."

Believe me...I considered it. Ha!
 

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Have you done this before? Didn't seem to be an emergency. I have read many threads offer the same advice, but he was breathing & everything. I don't know...I feel like calling 911 might be an overreaction. Or am I under-reacting?
It's a judgment call. If you work bars/nights/college-areas long enough, you'll be as a good at making that decision as a bartender.
 
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You handled it well. I ve heard and encountered my fair share. The craziest i ve heard is a girl who completely passed out in the backseat of a cab that when driver tried to open and call her out, she just offered him, let's just say, her backside (believing he is a boyfriend or something, according to him) and went back to dozing off.. lol. Even female passersby couldn't be of any help so he had to call the police to handle it.
I ll give a light shake on the shoulders in clear sight of the taxi camera. Never came to that too many times if I remember correctly.
I always try to keep em up from completely passing out by chatting/calling em up every few minutes, as I also keep a close eye for any sign of imminent "throw up" action. That would completely ruin your night, but at least uber pays well for clean up.
 

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Unlike many of the drivers here, I do have experience in healthcare, 8 years working at a state mental hospital, 10 years in logistics with a medical lab company. I am trained in CPR, and advanced first aid. I WOULD NOT in this situation touch a passenger, unless when I evaluate them I determine they are not breathing, in that case I would call 911 and administer appropriate care with the 911 operator on the phone. As long as a pax is unresponsive, but breathing, I would call the police to assist me, possibility of being accused of improper conduct is too big of a risk to act otherwise. Never be afraid to call for assistance, Police are trained to handle these situations, and most Police now wear a bodycam, so all actions are recorded.
 
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