The epidemic of UberX/Lyft usage in our cities has led to the unfortunate trend of people jumping into the backseat of any idling vehicle that they think should be their ride home. Check the make and model, people.
As Valleywag reports, Uber's growing popularity in New York, and the general aggressiveness of the populace there, has helped fuel the trend, though it's happening all over. Best line from one SUV-owner (the GPS on his dash seems to encourage the mistake): "Are you Uber? Well can you just be, can we go?"
And, yes, it's just one of the many little etiquette issues that have arisen out of the popularity of ride-sharing.
Uber and Lyft have already inspired a number of real world idiosyncrasies beyond a seamless spending habit. Drunk riders do-si-do between cars outside a bar until they stumble into the one that matches their app. Customers pretend they're doing important business on their phone before sheepishly sliding into an e-hailed carriage. My personal contribution is bouncing from street corner to street corner like a pinball, staring at the little car avatar on my screen to predict where it will stop.
Everyone ought to know this by now, but you should go up to the passenger's side window of the car approaching and confirm that this is the car you hailed before hopping in.
Also, if you're not a privacy freak, uploading a photo to Uber will help drivers recognize you. And this is for you all you Prius-drivers out there: You might want to consider sticking a "NOT UBER" sign on your dash.
Below, some of the Twitter evidence of this (potentially dangerous) new phenom.
Tyler just got mistaken for an uber driver two bitches just tried to get into his car— Ally Huskey (@AllyHuskey) August 17, 2014
If you drive a Prius in Los Angeles you will probably be mistaken for someone's Uber. Like, daily.— Katy Stoll (@katystoll) August 1, 2014
Well I just scared the shit outta some woman whose car I just jumped in. Apparently she's not my Uber.— Mike Mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) August 14, 2014
"Are you Lyft? OH MY GOD YOU'RE NOT." - the woman who got in my car while I was trying to park— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 14, 2014
Tonight marks the second time a random person has tried to get in my car because they thought I was an Uber driver. THE SECOND TIME.— Jamie Coletta (@jamiecoletta) February 7, 2014
if u get mistaken for an uber just roll with it and then take them somewhere sketchy— robesman (@robesman) June 14, 2014