Lyft Driver Weapons Policy
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I'm a Lyft driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I'm very lucky to have had an incredible experience up until tonight. Due to a series of completely ridiculous events, a passenger not only seems to have conducted a drug deal during a stop at his ride with me, but was obviously intoxicated and became irate and aggressive.
I finally told him, that I was sorry he was having a bad evening but that I would not allow him to yell at me. This caused him to become even more irate and he started waving his fists, yelling and leaning up over my seat. I felt extremely unsafe so I stopped the car. He told me that he was paying me, and I had to do what he said, or he would report me. I informed him that I had seen him handling his bag of drugs and I would report him to the police if he didn't get out of my car. He kept screaming, so I pulled out the small pocket knife that my husband had left in the console.
I didn't point it at him or threaten him in any way, but he saw it and got out of the car. He then came to my driver's side window and I told him that he needed to get out of here or I was going to call the cops. Luckily all of that was enough to get him to leave.
I feel 100% confident that this story could have had a much different end had I not been able to show this man that I was able and willing to defend myself. He was not deterred by my request that he calm down, by my threatening to end his ride in the middle of nowhere, or by my threat to call the police. This man did not exit my vehicle until he saw my knife.
I called and reported the situation to the police and then immediately called Lyft to let them know what had happened. I was completely honest about all events and informed the representative that I had had to defend myself with a knife. I was then informed that my account would likely be deactivated because Lyft does not allow drivers to defend themselves in their own vehicles. Uber has no such policy. Any sane company that does not vet their passengers, and has drivers like me working at night in an area with high crime rates, would allow a driver to defend themselves if necessary.
I've already spoken to Representatives at Lyft who have assured me that I was in the wrong. This petition is going to Logan green, the CEO of Lyft. Mr. Green, I implore you to change your weapons policy, to mirror those of your competitors, and colleagues. Your drivers should be able to defend themselves against people who would do them harm. My weapon is legal in the state, and I am within my rights to defend myself. I'm all for doing things differently then your competitors, but this is a huge risk to the safety of the people who represent your company. Better one angry customer, than an avoidable news story with the Lyft name all over it.
Rorion Gracie said it best... "Self defense... begins with the belief that you are worth defending." So how 'bout it, Mr. Green? Are we worth defending? Or are we just a paycheck?
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