Before I accepted the ping
In the previous week I had 2 Line / Pool rides where the rider made a decision to not count their infant baby as a human. At those moments I exhibited a scarcity mentality (regarding rides), did not challenge the rider, and drove them to the arranged location.
On this day, I ended up in Evanston during a busy college tavern time and I was happy until my next Line/Pool ride took me out of Evanston and into the far north side. They were fine except it was 3 people, yet 2 people is the maximum in a Line/Pool. That act got under my skin. I scored them 3.0 stars and left a note in the app purposing my score.
Immediately after dropping them off at a tavern, I received a new ping.
Rating of 4.2 Stars
The next ping had a rating of 4.2 stars. This is the lowest rating that I have ever seen and yet, I smirked and said to myself ‘this will be fun’ as I accepted the ping. (What a horrendous decision that was!!!)
It is difficult for me to stress to you how abysmally low a 4.2 star rating is, except to say that I don’t recall seeing anything lower than a 4.6 or a 4.7.
Allow me tell you, dear reader, I can easily tell the difference between a 4.9 and a 4.8 rated rider. The gulf between the two is immense; a 4.7 will drop backhanded compliments and have insults sprinkled into conversation. 4.7‘s often lack standard socialization and conversational skills.
The app made a recommendation to me
My rider comes to the car with an infant carrier in tow. She plunked the carrier in the middle of my back seat without securing it as she didn’t have a base to secure it (FYI: that’s illegal in Illinois).
When riders get into my vehicle on a Line/Pool ride, I need to select “1 passenger” or “2 passengers” so the app can correctly route me to more riders during the trip. This is so the app understands how many people are in the vehicle and how many more people are eligible to be added. I pressed “2 passengers” on the app, and the app responds with “the passenger must cancel the ride” or something to that affect.
A metaphoric bomb exploded when I told her to cancel the ride
A metaphoric bomb exploded in my vehicle when I politely told her that she would need to cancel the ride as she and the baby are two people.
In less than 30 seconds she veered from loudly complaining that she shouldn’t be charged and blathering about how I was going to take her home to general incoherence.
So I cancelled the ride.
The bomb became nuclear when I told her to get out of my car as the ride was cancelled
I told her that she needed to get out of my car, and she outright refused!
What would you do if someone refused to get out of your vehicle?
“STOP HITTING ME!” “DON’T PULL ME OUT OF THE CAR!” “DON’T HIT MY BABY!” “YOU’RE HURTING ME!” “I’M PREGNANT! DON’T HURT ME OR MY BABY!” was all screamed toward me in a foreign accent.
As the situation escalates, what do you do?
Fight, Flight, or Freeze?
Its at this point that I realize that I am dealing with the worst type of an excuse for a human. The probability of me being arrested or spending the night in jail had increased to somewhere around 1 in 100. I hadn’t touched her or made a motion toward her. I simply cancelled the ride and told her to exit my vehicle.
(As of this writing, I see that her ride would cost her about $7.00.)
My decision tree was limited at this point.
The wretched human in my backseat then faux called 9-11 (I later figured this out based on context), and she complained to the ghost operator that I was beating her and her infant child. It was surreal.
She then called her husband and kept pushing her phone at me while shouting “TALK TO MY HUSBAND!”
Me: “Nah, I’m not talking to him.” [twice]
Why would I talk to someone who willfully married a mentally unfit sociopath? What helpful insight could that person provide to me during this nightmare?
Difficulties on the telephone; can you hear me now?
During her shouting episode, I tried calling the rideshare emergency help line. After waiting for 3 minutes to speak with someone, I hung up, and dialed 9-11 and exited my own vehicle. By the way, she was still screaming at me which made it nearly impossible to tell if the voice on the line was a live person or a recording, which necessitated me abandoning my property.
I gave the 9-11 operator the wrong address and the dispatcher hollered at me as the address I gave her was not in Chicago. I asked a passerby for help, and he did give me the address and seemed mildly interested in assisting me. Because I was carrying on 2 conversations, and I determined that the 9-11 call was paramount, the passerby eventually moved along.
Make her ears bleed?
After the call to 9-11 I got back in the car only to be berated further. I thought about what I could do to make sitting in my car an uncomfortable experience- the only thing that popped into my brain was turning on the Pantera Pandora channel and blaring it to uncomfortable levels. Lucky for her, she had her infant in the vehicle, so this idea did not enter the implementation stage.
Chicago Police arrived!
A Chicago Police cruiser pulled ahead of me relatively quickly. After exiting my vehicle and flagging them down, the officer on the passenger side rolled down her window, and I explained the circumstances:
- I’m a rideshare driver
- I cancelled the ride
- She won’t get out of my car
- She falsely accused me of bludgeoning her and her infant
- I called 9-11
The Chicago police quickly consulted and questioned both me and the cancelled passenger. She says something about the $5.00 cancellation fee and both the officers look at me like I have her 5 dollar bill in my back pocket to hand right back to her.
Me: “That’s between her and the rideshare company.”
The Police get both of our stories and confer with one another.
Dear reader, how should the Chicago Police handle this situation?
What’s the solution to this ridesharing dilemma?
The Chicago Police suggested to the passenger that they transport her and her infant in its infant car seat (without its base) to her destination in their CPD SUV. This was 100% what I was hoping for.
Yet she refused the officers’ solution and continued to refuse to exit my vehicle. Rather, she demanded that I, the rideshare driver (whom she outrageously and wrongfully alleged had committed violence against her AND her infant), drive them home. Seriously, WTF?!
Please diagnose her mental condition in the comment section below.
The male officer comes back to me and speaks under his breath about how she’s accused me of some serious stuff and that if I drive her, they’ll tail me and intervene should their assistance be warranted. He followed up the solution with a final comment about not egging her on.
Me: “I just want this nightmare to end.”
I drove the mentally unstable sociopath passenger and her infant to their home. The Police followed, as promised. I turned Pandora off and said nothing on the 8 minute trip to her home. Somewhere in the middle of the ride she complained about the potholes I had run over. That’s indicative of why she’s a 4.2.
I dropped the passenger off and she thanked me/someone (!). I never even looked in the rear-view mirror so I think its just as likely that she was talking to her invisible friend on the sidewalk.
The Police debriefed me after I dropped her off and said that this type of work- rideshare driving- was a poor vocational choice on my part as there exist many illogical, impossible, manipulative, and unruly passengers, just like her.
More time wasted on the telephone
I drove to a nearby parking lot and called the rideshare emergency help line. While on hold, I typed out a ‘help email’ to the rideshare company, because why not? After being on hold for 9 minutes I talked to a representative for 20 minutes.
If its an emergency, shouldn’t you pick up within the first 3 rings?
During the call and in my ‘help email’, I listed out all the issues that I need addressed. Over 80 hours, and 4 followup emails later, and I have heard zero from the rideshare company.
My thoughts on the riders
That infant and the supposed embryo have a tough road ahead. The genes they have inherited are deficient and their environment is a septic tank of awful manners, horrendous communication, and the worst of humanity.
Please leave a comment and mental diagnosis of the passenger described, in the comment section below: