After a long tiring journey, all you wish is to get back home and have a good night’s sleep. But this Indian man had no such luck. This man from Bangalore had booked an Uber from airport but ended up driving the car himself when he realized the driver was too drunk to drive. Let’s take a look at what transpired with him.
Surya Oruganti was waiting for his Uber ride at Bengaluru International Airport in India to take him home.
The driver that arrived was not the same that the app had claimed. However, he took it as the car was the same. Once he started driving, Surya realized something was off. It turned out that the driver was drunk. Being concerned for his safety, Surya decided to stop the car and drive it himself for the rest of the journey.
He shared a picture of the drunk driver in the passenger seat and stated, “The ride back from Bangalore airport was not quite what I expected.”
According to him, “The driver was drunk and drowsy. I had to pull the car over to the side and I drove all the way home. Pic with the driver in the rider seat passed out.” Moreover, he had recorded a few videos of the driver, which he shared online. He told that the driver was “drunk enough to not know he was being recorded”.
Surya had reported the incident to Uber’s safety team but they reached out to him after 20 hours.
Here's a video of the driver who was drunk enough to not know he was being recorded. He was not the driver claimed by the app either. pic.twitter.com/IPnwBkTZ7R
— Surya Oruganti (@suryaoruganti) September 9, 2018
In their reply, he was told that he “shouldn’t drive a cab because that’s a safety issue”. Later a spokesman for Uber released a statement, “This is a regrettable and concerning incident.” “While we take all possible measures to ensure that drivers behind the wheel match the person shown on the app, in rare instances, when this doesn’t happen, we encourage riders to cancel their rides immediately and report the issue on the app, so that immediate actions can be taken,” he continued, “Upon learning about this incident, the driver profile was removed from the app and we are looking into the matter.” He added, “We stand ready to further assist the rider and law enforcement as required.”