Our Uber driver was arrested

Old Mar 27, 18, 7:38 pm
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Our Uber driver was arrested

Last year we took an Uber from our hotel in Ft. Lauderdale to the cruise port — or at least we tried.

The pickup was fine and everything looked in order. As we neared the cruise port the driver took the wrong turn, heading into the container port. That is a security zone. He was asked for his ID at the gate. He said he had forgotten it and asked if he could turn around and head to the cruise terminal. Seemed reasonable to me, but the police said no. They asked him for his name and birth date. After a while, he was asked again. This time, he gave a different birth date, which my wife noticed but I didn’t. Meanwhile, there were police cruisers in front of us and behind us. The driver, looking nervous, says “I made a big mistake.” After about half an hour, an officer asks him to step outside. He does, is promptly handcuffed, and led off. We’re sitting in the back seat with our luggage in the trunk wondering “Now what?"

An officer tells us that there was an outstanding warrant for the driver. She says she will drive us to the cruise terminal, and since the trunk can be opened from within the car we retrieve our luggage and are delivered in a police cruiser to the cruise ship.

I was curious about what Uber will do about this, and managed to get someone on the phone. He essentially said “Sorry about that. We won’t charge you for the ride.” That was it. Uber had no interest in hearing the details.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 9:21 am
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Some family members had something similar happen in the Boston area a couple years ago. They were on their way to meet us when their Uber driver was pulled over on the freeway for a revoked registration. The state police impounded his car on the spot and drove my family members the rest of the way. We joked that they switched from Uber to State Truber.

I don't think Uber offered them much more than "we won't charge you for the ride," either, although it's possible they got something like a $10 credit.
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