A woman posted a terrifying story of being attacked by a Lyft driver after she rejected his advances along with photos of herself with cuts, bruises, and what looks like blood on her face and neck on her Instagram account as a warning to others. Images of the Instagram post have been shared on Twitter and are thankfully going viral, because people need to know about this.
I’m so glad she’s okay ? watch these Uber’s and Lyfts man. pic.twitter.com/oMglcAaKV2
— layylayy ✨ (@humblegoddess1) June 11, 2019
User layylayy is not the one who suffered the assault, but wanted to share the story out of concern for other women who use ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber.
The woman in the photos, who appears to be Instagram user “woe.there,” describes calling for a Lyft to take her to the nearby CVS only to have him repeatedly ask for the gate code to her apartment complex despite her telling him to just wait for her to come out. It’s a good thing she didn’t give him the code, because it got worse from there.
“He asked how old i was then told me to give him my number, i said ‘nah i’m str8,'” she wrote. “he said ‘we can be friends’ ‘do you smoke?’ i said ‘i’m jus tryna get to my destination’ he PASSED the cvs then say ‘i’m finna cut this lyft shit off.'”
According to the post, the driver then started speeding and tried to get her phone out of her hands when she started to call the police. He for some reason circled back to her apartment complex and “told me to take my clothes off.” Thankfully, two people were nearby when she jumped out of the car, so the driver took off.
Included in the Twitter post is a photo of the Lyft app with a picture of “Justin,” the driver, and a confirmation that the victim paid $5.10 to be attacked. The women’s Instagram account is set to private, which is probably a good call for now.
There have been numerous reports of rideshare drivers attacking or attempting to abduct passengers, or in one case, refusing to take a woman to her appointment at an abortion clinic. In other cases, it’s the passengers who have been the problem, like the time a white Lyft passenger called the cops on his black driver before calling him the n-word.
Plenty of Twitter users have their own stories and advice for avoiding the worst.
From someone who has been attacked by a Lyft driver I beg everyone to take extreme precaution when using these services. Especially ladies please always be aware of your surroundings. https://t.co/GYQoZ8doYn
— ???? ?????? (@thelittarot) June 11, 2019
ladies keep some protection on you. Pepper Spray, a knife, a taser, even a gun if you’re able. cause niggas out here have no morals and will hurt you for sex. it’s sad. https://t.co/PY4sdryE2v
— HOTBOY? Hill (@_RubbaBandGrant) June 11, 2019
This is why I don’t get in one unless I’m with a group. And I have a weapon handy. Try that shit and get poked up if you want. https://t.co/aneoRXIvxU
— BIG NAY ✨ (@BIGNAYDADONDADA) June 11, 2019
I’d rather be asked for a ride than have my friend almost get abducted. Do not hesitate to ask me. https://t.co/A7E9eT5y67
— regina phalange (@loftmusik_) June 11, 2019
A genuine question, why does Uber and lyft not let you chose what driver you want to ride with? If the less sketchy driver is a few more minutes away, I’d be willing to wait than going through something like this. https://t.co/iE2DNFxHxB
— Tiffany Nguyen (@tiffanykdnguyen) June 11, 2019
Girl you was in the backseat, take the strap of your purse and wrap it around that niggas neck as tight as you can til he stops the car. Press the button on the side of your phone 3 times and the cops will be alerted and track you https://t.co/ecPW7cDbPa
— The Only Unproblematic Lightskin (@iKimmyJongUn) June 11, 2019
Please someone use my idea for an all women service. In order to drive for the service imma need background check and fingerprints ok https://t.co/a8ScdXQp7H
— ID (@nomamesirene) June 11, 2019
i have to thank God because i ride in an Uber almost everyday and I’m glad God keeps me away from psychos? Make sure you got that 911 on deck ladies ?? https://t.co/gLXspizLy9
— Lady Rose of House Slime (@niicnoo) June 11, 2019
Reason why I don’t get in Uber’s or lyfts n if I do I’m never alone I always have somebody with me or I be otp with someone till I get to my destination n before I get in I text my friends the tag number ..they say I’m dramatic but this shit is my biggest fear https://t.co/jIK9qMu8UN
— ? (@Redd_beamer) June 11, 2019
And always sit behind the driver in case they intend on using any weapons against you https://t.co/5Y8Y5BTWDV
— rudebwoy (@fiascoja) June 11, 2019
I always screenshot their picture and the license plate to my parents ‼️‼️‼️‼️ https://t.co/E2q6Stpia3
— Cutie ? (@SaucyEricka) June 11, 2019
Something similar happened to me but it didn’t get that crazy, i be paranoid to take Uber’s now bruh https://t.co/443Ug3wdr7
— ?? (@tiffanyhelenaa) June 11, 2019
The greatest danger to women and girls is men. This is something we never worry have to about.
— *I’m Black Gay before Black (@ThatsSoTunde) June 11, 2019
I stay seeing these consistently&it scares the shit out of me,it’s specifically lyft I’m noticing.I use Uber all the time for work,but I know a lot of my friends that use lyft.GET PEPER SPRAY LADIES!!I have that shit on my keys all the time!Every time I Uber,I take out my keys https://t.co/N8yn7MgluV
— WavyBaby (@JustJadiie) June 11, 2019
With the rise of not-so-tightly-regulated rideshare apps, everyone should be extra careful when traveling about, especially if you’re a woman. It sure is fun being female.