PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Two college students claim an Uber driver refused to drop them off at their requested location. They say the man drove them to a deserted construction site, told them to get out and drove off.
The Drexel and Temple students asked us to not identify them. They say they hailed an Uber for what they thought would be uneventful ride home. Instead, it ended in a secluded construction site with the women telling us they ran for their lives.
"We got picked up at Electric Factory after a concert," says student number one.
A typical night out for these two best friends.
It was Thursday, November 9, at a quarter past eleven in the evening. The Temple and Drexel college students caught an Uber. A two and a half mile ride they say turned into an hours long nightmare.
"He made weird comments like 'I like when I have pretty customers,'" says student number one.
"We make it to almost my apartment and he passes it. And, I tell him you just passed my apartment and he goes 'Yea uh-huh' and keeps driving," student number one explains.
The women say their Uber driver was calm and did not appear lost.
"The next street over he makes a turn and I think oh he's rerouting he's gonna turn around but that street he turned on goes down underneath a deserted construction parking lot area," explains student number one.
"He's so quiet, so freakishly calm," says student number two.
"It was almost like he knew what he was doing," student number one says.
The women say the driver finally pulled over and used the app to end their ride.
"I don't know why he ended the ride which is why I got scared because in my mind he's where he wants to be and it's over," student number one says.
That's when gut instinct kicked in.
"As soon as he pulls over, I go to open the door and it won't open. It was locked. I was terrified," says student number one.
Her friend was able to open the opposite passenger door and the two tumbled out. They took off looking for safety. A few minutes later they saw the driver pass them. The girls eventually found their way home. They alerted Uber who promptly credited them five dollars and apologized for the driver dropping them off at the wrong spot. It was not the response the students wanted. They are not sure what the driver's intentions were. But, they are very sure of one thing.
"He was not in his right mind to drop two girls off in the middle of the night. He should not be deriving for Uber," says student number one.
The girls wanted their story told as a reminder that despite the ease of ride sharing apps, customers must still be careful and remember that customers are getting in a stranger's car. The women did file a report with the Philadelphia Police Department.