Ridesharing has become one of the cheapest and easiest ways to travel in a city. Gone are the days of calling a taxi driver, because fun, casual, and comfortable rides is where it's at. Companies like Uber and Lyft are popping up left and right, guaranteeing people affordable and reliable ways of traveling to their destinations – You can even find ridesharing options on Craigslist.
However, to every good, there is a bad. Ridesharing horror stories have begun to sprout up, making people very wary of hopping into an unmarked stranger's car, and understandably so. While these stories range from awkward to horrific, they are enough to make anyone hesitant about hopping into someone else's ride.
In September of 2013, Bridgett Todd was choked by her Uber driver. The incident was an apparent racist attack on the woman, though Uber's CEO was outraged that they could be to blame for it.(Source)
Olivia Nuzzi of The Daily Beast once had an Uber driver who, upon entering his vehicle, showed her a picture he had snapped of her earlier in the day while walking on the street. While this Uber horror story is enough to stop anyone from using the service again, Nuzzi later encountered another driver who admitted to seeing her Facebook profile picture before and wanted to know whether or not she was single.(Source)
The Kalamazoo Killer
Michigan Uber driver Jason Brian Dalton was charged with six counts of murder for a rideshare-assisted killing spree in February, 2016. Dalton was accused of driving from one target to another, shooting people at random, and picking up and dropping off Uber riders between shootings.
Authorities say he shot a woman in the parking lot of an apartment complex, then shot and killed a father and son outside a car dealership, and finished his spree by shooting five people in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, killing four and gravely wounding a 14-year-old girl. Remarkably, he continued driving people around, including one person who took an Uber as an alternative to walking while an active shooter was on the loose - only to wind up in Dalton's car. The rider took the ride having no idea he was in the alleged shooter's car, and wasn't harmed.
Dalton was arrested without incident in downtown Kalamazoo, with no apparent motive to the killing spree, or connection to the victims.
The Five Star
It's human nature to want to be liked, but some people take it too far. This was the case with one Uber driver, who allegedly locked his passenger in his car and demanded that she give him a five-star rating. When they first arrived at her destination, the driver locked the doors, turned around, and asked her to see her phone to see how much the ride had cost. She showed him, but then he tried to grab the phone and said he would not let her leave until she gave him the best rating. Finally, she did, and only then did he let her leave.(Source)