'You Will Stay in My Car': Viral Video Shows Creepy Encounter With Rideshare Driver

A now-viral video showed the moment a woman's rideshare driver creepily told her to stay in his car as she told him she wanted to get out. The video, posted by Vicky Bond or @_vickybond on TikTok, has more than 137,000 views since being posted on November 14.

In the video, Bond recorded the driver telling her to stay in the car. She said in the comments that the incident occurred in Birmingham, England, and claimed the man was an "Uber driver," however, that has not been confirmed.

"No no no you will stay in my car," the driver said in the video.

"No I don't want to stay in your car," Bond replied.

"No because you don't want to go back to sleep," the driver said. "You don't want to go back to home. You will work with me until 5."

The man then laughed and Bond said she wanted to go home.

Many users in the comments mentioned that they did not feel safe traveling in a rideshare or taxi alone due to the risk of harassment or assault.

A recent lawsuit from July claimed Uber was aware that drivers were sexually assaulting and raping passengers but failed to implicate anyone involved or implement better safety measures.

In 2018, Uber revealed that they received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault in the year. A spokesperson for Uber told Newsweek that they temporarily suspend drivers' access to the app during investigations. According to Uber, once there was enough information on each case the drivers were banned from the app.

"There is no place for this kind of behavior in the Uber community and we investigate thoroughly when reports are made to us," a spokesperson told Newsweek. "Typically we temporarily suspend drivers' access to the platform during investigations before taking appropriate action which can include a driver's permanent removal from the platform."

In October, Lyft admitted it received more than 4,000 reports of sexual assault during rides from 2017 through 2019. The company said approximately 1,800 reports were from 2019 alone.

Alison Turkos, a woman who sued Lyft after allegedly being sexually assaulted by her driver, said rideshare companies ignore the reports.

"Rideshare sexual assault is a systemic problem and one Lyft actively chooses to ignore," Turkos tweeted. "It is exhausting holding a billion-dollar tech company accountable but I will never back down. We deserve better."

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A woman's now-viral video showed her creepy encounter with a man she claimed was her Uber driver. In the video, the driver told her to stay in the car but she said she just wanted to go home. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Others in the comments of Bond's video mentioned that they just thought the driver was trying to joke around but was misunderstood.

But many said the interaction was creepy and some recounted similar situations in which a driver acted inappropriately toward them.

"My taxi driver tried to kiss me once," one user commented. "I had to get out the car before I done something I'd get in trouble for...coz it's always our fault apparently."

"I had a driver like this once and I haven't been in a taxi or Uber alone again," another user wrote. "It was so scary and creepy!"

In a follow-up video, Bond played more audio from the interaction.

"You don't want to go home," the driver said. "You stay with me."

The man then laughed and Bond told him she wanted to go home. Many in the comments of the video told Bond to report the driver to the app she used.

Newsweek reached out to Bond for comment.

Updated 12/01/2021, 3:36 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with a statement from Uber.

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