It’s not something we really considered. That was until we read the story of Jackie Gordon Wilson, the Uber driver in San Francisco who took two passengers at their home in April and dropped them off at the airport, Then he immediately returned to the couple’s house to break into it.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the lucky couple, “he was scared of alarming the house, he left and stole a house less than half a mile away.” That doesn’t sound very lucky to the neighbors, but rest assured – Jackie Gordon Wilson has been brought to justice.
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As it turns out, the neighbors had a home surveillance system of their own, which had taken Wilson into and looting their home. They shared the video on a community app, and other users identified Wilson as the Uber driver they had seen lurking in his customer’s home earlier. Police then tracked Wilson into his home, where he was found wearing the same clothes from surveillance footage. The officers also found items taken from the residences, along with other stolen property; Which means this may not have been Wilson’s first robbery attempt.
All in all, it can be nice to see the latest in technology, a community come together, and good old police work catch a criminal. But the accident also highlights the risks we face when Uber drivers know where we live.
This part is not funny
The Daily Beast looked Several incidents during which Uber and Lyft drivers harassed female customersAnd once the accident was especially frightening:
The case was back in the spotlight last week after a thread emerged on Twitter from actress and comedian Anna Gilchrist. The Los Angeles artist described how her driver harassed her to obtain personal information – including her relationship status – on the way home from her bachelorette party last weekend. Gilchrist said that when the driver slowed down outside her house to ask if her boyfriend was in the house, she was forced to unlock and run out of the car. Lyft responded by offering $ 5 in credit for her trip.
Not exactly a reassuring response from a riding company. Gilchrist wrote, “Your driver put me in a scenario where I thought I might be kidnapped, raped, or even killed.” “This pathetic attempt to hide a serious issue is an insult to me and to women everywhere who have to deal with this nonsense on a regular basis.”
Just something to keep in mind when telling Uber and Lyft drivers your pick up and drop off points.