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Insights Into The Secret Life Of Uber Drivers

Posted on June 3, 2016

Uber Driver Confessions: Drivers at the transport company have been sharing revelations about their jobs on the anonymous confessions app Whisper - and the stories range from the comical to the sordid. The workers reveal they've apparently driven while high, cheated on their wives with customers and told sneaky tales to get tips. Daily Mail article here

Uber Receives $3.5 billion Investment From Saudi Arabia: On the surface, Saudi Arabia seems like an inhospitable place for a Silicon Valley company like Uber. Women are prohibited from driving, and according to the UN, the kingdom continues to "try, convict, and imprison political dissidents and human rights activists solely on account of their peaceful activities." As part of the investment, Public Investment Fund managing director Yasir Al Rumayyan will take a seat on Uber's board. The Verge article here

Uber Reassures Customers After Woman Is Robbed, Threatened With Rape By Fake Driver: A local woman got into what she'd thought was a trustworthy Uber driver's car. Instead, she was getting into danger, according to detectives. They're now searching for the imposter Uber driver who'd threatened to shoot and rape the woman. Meanwhile, the Uber corporation is trying to assure its customers that they're safe. Pix 11 article here

Uber Driver Arrested For Attempting To Shoot Officers: Montgomery County (Md.) police have arrested an Uber driver for attempted murder after police said he tried to shoot two officers with a homemade weapon. Police have charged 52-year-old Jonathan Hemming with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and other assault, firearms-related and drug-related charges. FOX 5 article here

Former Uber Driver Accused In Additional Rape Cases: A former Uber driver suspected of raping a passenger in February was arrested again after El Cajon police turned up six more alleged victims in the suspect’s past, including a 13-year-old who was videotaped in a sex act, authorities said. John David Sanchez, 52, of San Diego, was booked on 20 sex-related charges that include nine counts of sexual assault on an unconscious or intoxicated person. Other counts involve sex acts with the girl, shown in a video. San Diego Union-Tribune article here

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