Guys thanks for tuning into another edition of online with Paul P. Well today I want to talk to you about another Uber situation a situation that fortunately ended well but you didn't start out very well. Police in Hilton Head South Carolina say two women were lucky to escape unharmed after they fled a purported Uber driver who drove them down a dirt road and grab their phone when they were threatened to call 9 1 1. Now I took this story off of MSM news just so you know that women who weren't named told Buford County Sheriff's Office that they ordered an Uber outside Hilton Head restaurant early Friday and were met by a man driving a dark SUV. Now the woman or the women there are two of them knew that the man was not their uber driver but they thought that they saw no sign on his windshield.
So they got in and the passengers went in the front one in the back seat gave the driver location of their vacation home in the south end of the island. They didn't notice that he was driving north until they ended up on an unfamiliar dirt road and felt something's wrong here. The front passenger said she told the driver that she was dialing 9 1 1 and then he grabbed the phone from her and stopped the SUV. Now all three auto two women the driver and the man approached these passengers. The woman grabbed her phone back and down 9 1 1 at which point the man jumped back into his vehicle and sped away. Police arrived minutes later from the story. They haven't located the two they have located the driver. Nor have they identified him. But this got me thinking about this whole situation about Uber.
We've heard far too many stories where women particularly late at night have jumped into what they thought was an uber vehicle and were taken away. Some have been sexually assaulted. Some have been unfortunately killed. And so I thought I got to dig into this story a bit more. I've got to find out what's going on. Uber is a multinational corporation. So why the hell are these incidents happened. Far too many. So I found a Web site called righty right shared dot right here. Driver dot com. And what I found out is this. Most uber drivers have to register before they can you know sign up with Uber. So here are the criteria that have to be 21 years of age with a clean driving record. They have to have in-state auto insurance. They have to have a four door vehicle. They have to provide a social insurance number. They have to pass a background check. They must consent to allow Uber to run a background check and uber uses a firm called check r and. And so what happens when they do a background check. There are several criteria they look for. First of all they access county records for every county of residence for the last seven years. They also can access federal court records.
They can access multi-state criminal database. They can access motor vehicle records. They can access your Social Security records. And they also have access to the National Sex Offender Registry. That all sounds great. So here what else. ZUBER do. Well Uber runs a background check once a year. They don't say when it in my opinion it's random. And so it is done on a regular basis. That's the most important point. You should know. And what does Uber check for in a background check. Well they want to make sure there's no convictions or felons no violent crime or sexual offenders within the last seven years. Personally I think seven years it should not even be a time limit. It should be any record any violent sexual assault issues or pedophile issues. Anything of that nature should be accessed and they should have access to that by the way. Some night about nonviolent acts are permitted. They don't specify which I'm sure when you go through the process that that will come up on the on the uber records or the background check and they will then determine if it's you know if you're going to get your Uber license or not. No deal eyes can be on record and no reckless driving speeding tickets are permitted. But if a speeding ticket is over 25 miles an hour then you made you know you may be out of luck. Which is probably a good thing.
So it looks fairly comprehensive to me but doesn't answer the question why why are we still hearing about these horrific instances happening with Uber. Well I just got thinking about this a bit more. First of all a lot of these cases passengers didn't actually call Uber. They assume that the vehicle that pulled up to pick them up wasn't Uber. So they got in. So the first point is always ask before getting in. But that doesn't satisfy my curiosity. So I went to Uber itself. I went to the uber help site and it was quite interesting what I found. So example for example. How do you know that the uber driver you call is actually. Driver that picks you up. Well here's what they had to say about that. When you request to ride. Your absence a request to nearby driver after your match with a driver your app shares information about vehicle driver and their license plate number. So apparently on the Uber app you just tap the bar that includes and it will include the driver's name photo and vehicle. And this displays as well as the license plate. So when the Uber driver pulls up you have that information. So it's important to first of all check the driver's license to make sure and the vehicle that that's the vehicle that you did order. Now when you see drivers vehicle.
As I said you know take a look at the license plate and often these drivers when you open the door they will ask for your name. Very important that that information is conveyed to you. And if the driver doesn't ask your name you ask the driver who are you here to pick up and the two should line up. It should be your name and your name alone. Now if the driver doesn't offer to ask you for the name or you don't ask the name or if you ask and they give you the wrong information or don't say anything. Shut the door slam it. Get the hell out of there. Probably even call the police if the situation warrants. So that is my one of the information pieces that was very valuable to me. So Uber does have the information. And you can get it too. The other thing I would suggest and strongly recommend particularly for women late at night.
It's important to go in pairs. If you're having an outing and you're with someone if you're going to call Uber make sure someone is with you especially late at night. The other thing is I want to stress is that you know what. There are thousands of Uber drivers out there. Majority of these people are honest and decent people. Uber is a big company and for yes for the situations that are reported. It's a small small my Newt percentage in the population of overall Uber drivers but it's up to you. It's up to you to do your due diligence. Always always always take precautions. I want you to stay safe and you should. You of all people want yours and wants to be be in a safe situation and so take the precautions make sure you do your due diligence check the driver check the pay check the vehicle and stay safe.
[00:07:40] Those are my views. I welcome yours. You're listening to online with Paul wishing you all a great day.