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Lyft Passenger Mistakenly Thinks Driver Was Trying To Kidnap Her

Updated on November 1, 2015


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Photo via Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr/CC BY 2.0/ | Source

Recently, a woman thought she was in trouble after she ordered a ride from Lyft. Long story short, she thought she was being kidnapped by the Lyft driver. Read on to find out more about this incidence and how it was just a big old misunderstanding.

Lyft Passenger Thought She Was Being Kidnapped

The whole thing started on Thursday night (October 29) after the unidentified woman decided to use Lyft to get a ride. A Lyft driver came and got her, but at some point during the ride she got spooked and jumped from the vehicle.

She jumped out of the vehicle at a red light because she thought the Lyft driver was trying to kidnap her. Apparently, she thought the Lyft driver was going the wrong way, so she told the driver to stop. However, the driver, who was also not identified, didn't stop and this is why she suspected the Lyft driver was kidnapping her.

When the Lyft driver stopped at the red light, the woman jumped out of the vehicle and ran away. Unfortunately, she ended up doing some damage to herself, as she broke her ankle in the process of running away.

The Lyft Driver Wasn't Trying To Kidnap Her

While it is bad news that the passenger broke her ankle, there is good news. The Lyft driver actually wasn't trying to kidnap her. The driver was deaf and they didn't her the passenger when told they were going the wrong way.

Actually, the driver was just going a different way that the woman wasn't familiar with and that's why she thought she was being kidnapped.

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Photo via Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain | Source

Police Were Called Too

The woman did call the police and she initially told them she thought she was being kidnapped by the Lyft driver. Police investigated the incident and spoke with everyone involved and they determined that the Lyft driver wasn't trying to kidnap her and everything was just a big misunderstanding.

How Lyft Works

What Is Lyft And How To Use It

For those who do not know what Lyft is, it is a ride-sharing service that connects riders to drivers via an app. Let's say you have a smartphone, you can download the Lyft app, after you join Lyft and after you set everything up, you can order rides whenever you need one. All you have to do is log into the Lyft app, order a ride and then pay with your phone. A lot of people use Lyft and it is often considered to be Uber's biggest competitor. Uber and Lyft pretty much operate in a similar way.

We have included a video to the right. The video explains how Lyft works, just in case you are curious and want to learn more about the ride-sharing service/app.

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Final Thoughts

We're glad that this was just all a misunderstanding, but it isn't good that the Lyft passenger ended up injuring herself as a result of the incident. Hopefully she has a speedy recovery and if she decides to use Lyft again, hopefully she has a much better experience.


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      LenaG 2 years ago

      Who is sharing exactly what ? Ride sharing ? Guess you bought the hype - that Lyft and passengers were not just a taxi service but friends just taking friends for a ride for a donation . Talk about double-speak.