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In response to the tragic murder of a college student in South Carolina, by a fake Uber driver, people are now recommending college students ask their driver "What's my name?". I do not and won't answer that question. The correct question for a rider can be "What's your name?". I'll give them my name, but want theirs as well before they get in. Any rider/murderer can ask "What's my name?", and get in the car. Any name can be the right answer for a bad guy. This is idiotic and I hope it doesn't catch on.
 

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I am not going to poke fun at this sort of thing but with that being said, the driver is equally or far more exposed than any passenger can be.

You, the passenger have my name, my vehicle make/model/color, my license plate and my picture. I dont care how intoxicated you are, if you cant make a correct choice with all of that information at your disposal, thats on you.


Side Story: Last Week, I get a pick up request at the airport as I was passing near it. I arrive at the mess of the construction pick up area, see pax. I confirmed her name, she confirmed mine. I loaded her up, got her in and confirmed her address.....Boom. It wasnt my pax. She was looking for 'Merc', her name was Maria, she was looking for a black minivan.....just not mine. Got her out and my Maria walked up.

Confirming Address is a more sure fire way of not rolling away with wrong pax. I have been doing this for over a year now when I snagged Juan from the casino....and the guy in my backseat was John.
 

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I had someone's friend pull this on me Friday night. Pull up on Chip and see 2 females eyeing up my car. The one says, "That's him" and they both start crossing. The actual rider (the friend wasn't going) goes to the passenger side while her friend comes to my window and asks "Who are you picking up?" I tell her that's not how pickups work and she insists I have to confirm her friend's name. I tell her no it's not. Her friend had checked the plate, looked at me and smiled so I knew it was the correct person so I unlocked the door and she gets in.

Her friend is still trying to get the name from me and says, "Well it starts with a K." I say "Yes it does." Her friend finally says it's fine and says her name. At that point I say "The name is Kelly" and her friend finally crosses back over and leaves. The actual ride itself was fine and I explained that the name is basically the ONLY piece of information I have to identify the rider so it's not something I will willingly give out to a group of strangers in a party district.
 

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Yes I was talking to a female colleague about this, she was insisting that the driver should say who he was there for. I got into the details of why we dont do that because of pax stealing others rides in crowded situations but she was adamant. Cancel and move on I guess.

The fact is a stalker/crazy person could well know their targets name already. But it would be highly unlikely that he could arrive for a fake pickup with the correct make/color/license plate and then also pretend to be "Bob" or whoever is listed in rider app.
 

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I've been driving five years and this "what's my name" stuff has never happened before. (until the last two weeks)

After we go back and forth on the name quiz, I finally say, My name is Bob. What is your name?

That usually fixes the issue.
 
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