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Uber drivers homophobic rant

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Jaffacake2 Mon 11-Jul-22 21:40:29

I have just come back from visiting my daughter and her boyfriend in Bristol. We had a lovely weekend going to the theatre and to the Pride festival in Clifton downs. The atmosphere was amazing and I felt quite emotional at how people could be themselves and be accepted without any hostility or discrimination. Having lived through the decades of homophobia and losing friends to Aids I felt overwhelmed .
However on the uber journey back to the station to get the train home the driver went into a prolonged rant on the evils of gay people and how they will all go to hell. Now I know that people are entitled to their own views but he was very hostile and I couldn't get a word in at all.
I am thinking maybe I should report him to Uber as I am concerned he may upset and be like this to a gay couple. I would hate anyone to be frightened by him or to affect their self esteem.
What are your thoughts on this please ?

Beautful Mon 11-Jul-22 21:46:28

I agree report him ! Everyone is entitled to their opinions & views, but shouldn't not air them to passengers he/ she does not know. Depending who is in the car when he is airing then could turn out quite nasty

DillytheGardener Mon 11-Jul-22 21:50:24

I would definitely report him to Uber. Ghastly man, I’d request they follow it up with you afterwards and let you know what they will be doing about their homophobic driver.
Sorry hear that you lost friends to AIDS ?

MerylStreep Mon 11-Jul-22 21:52:44

He’s not the first and he won’t be the last. There are a lot of reports of homophonic Uber drivers.

Galaxy Mon 11-Jul-22 21:57:18

Ubers reputation is fairly awful in other areas, I would be quite cynical in how they would respond to a complaint but they may surprise me. Isnt Panorama about Uber this week.

JaneJudge Mon 11-Jul-22 22:07:51

I'd be surprised if they had a code of conduct they follow to be honest

AmberSpyglass Mon 11-Jul-22 22:11:12

Please do report him.

Herefornow Mon 11-Jul-22 23:47:40

Report him to the local council? Do uber drivers not have to have actual taxi licences these days? The council will have powers to revoke the licence.

Shelflife Mon 11-Jul-22 23:56:45

Definitely report him .

Chestnut Tue 12-Jul-22 00:01:00

Shame you didn't record him on your phone! The Daily Mail would have paid good money for that and publicized it for all the world to see.

Chewbacca Tue 12-Jul-22 00:11:57

Definitely report him but, as MerylStreep says, Uber have form for this kind of behaviour and appear to have done zilch to address it.

Chewbacca Tue 12-Jul-22 00:22:30

Just a quick look on Google reveals past homophobic examples:

^A businessman in London is claiming his low Uber passenger rating is due to his sexuality. Svend Littauer, 45, says the reason he's got 3.4 out of 5 is because he's gay, the Evening Standard reports. But it's not the first time a gay couple has spoken up about a negative Uber experience.
In January a gay couple from London claimed they were kicked out of an Uber after they kissed and cuddled in the back seat of their vehicle.^

Clearly, they have history for this.

Jaffacake2 Tue 12-Jul-22 08:44:22

Thanks ladies I have decided to report him to uber. You are right that it probably won't have a great response but have to try to stop him voicing his hatred.

Franbern Tue 12-Jul-22 08:47:20

Please do report him. Not doing anything is tantamount to agreeing with his awful views.
I have never, and will not, use anything to do with Uber.

Beautful Tue 12-Jul-22 08:51:50

You may not have a response, but , in your own heart you know you are doing the right thing, if nothing is done hand on heart you can say you did try ... saying that ... keep us updated if they contact you please ... yes I am nosey smile

Aveline Tue 12-Jul-22 08:57:14

I suppose that's one of the reasons I don't like Ubers. I would only use black cabs if I have to use a taxi. I was in one recently and spotted that it had a camera. The driver said that this was for passenger safety and any footage was reviewed at their central office.

Ilovecheese Tue 12-Jul-22 09:10:01

What is so very annoying about people like your driver, is that they assume you will agree with them.

Oldwoman70 Tue 12-Jul-22 09:32:33

Definitely report him. I love the Pride Festival - I recall going to the very first one in Bristol 50 years ago! Always a great atmosphere and fun.

sf101 Tue 12-Jul-22 09:42:49

Do report him to the local council, they licence him, his vehicle and UBer as an operator.
They have the power to suspend or revoke his licence. I doubt Uber will do anything.

Goldbeater1 Wed 13-Jul-22 09:55:45

Report him. I've heard people talk about gay people in this way, and it is so upsetting knowing that my lesbian daughter must come across this sort of thing all the time. It makes me want to scream.

Jaffacake2 Wed 13-Jul-22 14:43:40

Update. Have reported driver to Uber for homophobic rant . Reply received
"We are sorry to hear about this experience.
We have escalated this to a specialised support team and they will be reaching out to you as soon as possible "
Will see what happens next and let you know !

Doodledog Wed 13-Jul-22 15:13:31

Good result! Well done for reporting it - the more people who do, the more chance there is that it will be taken seriously.

MayBee70 Wed 13-Jul-22 15:20:19

Well done. A policeman once made a racist comment to me assuming that I would agree with him and it still bothers me that I didn’t get his number so I could report him. My only concern with the Uber driver is that, if he picked you up from your daughters home he knows where she lives and might realise who reported him. Not that it should make any difference but we do live in strange, rather frightening times.

Beautful Wed 13-Jul-22 18:44:22

Good on you ... saying about where he picked up at ... no doubt he has said this to others aswell , so could be anyone reporting him , doubt if he has never said it before , although shouldn't disclose any information about you at all, also not all Uber drivers are like this so cannot tarnish them all ... good & bad

welbeck Wed 13-Jul-22 19:26:00

it's akin to the ongoing issues disabled/blind people have with using uber.
so many do not accept that they must get out of their car to make themselves known to a blind person, or assist a disabled person.
and as for guide dogs, well...
it's an ongoing struggle.