This past weekend a Charlotte Uber driver pulled a gun on some passengers after they physically assaulted him, and he’s now lost his job because of it.
According to NBC Charlotte, 57-year-old George Henderson Jr. said that after his passengers became verbally abusive with “all kinds of obscenities”, he told them to get out. Near the intersection of WT Harris Blvd and University City Blvd., he said, “OK, this ends the ride”.
The passengers then started physically assaulting Henderson.
“I was really scared for my life because they were kicking me, they were hitting me in the face, blood went everywhere,” Henderson told Alex Shabad with NBC Charlotte.
He went to his trunk to get his gun (unloaded at the time) – when the passengers saw him pull it from the truck, they ran away.
When he reported the incident to Uber, they deactivated his account, even after driving 500 rides over a 2-month timeframe with no other complaints.
Uber does state in their policies that firearms are prohibited:
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That’s why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app.
Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.”
No arrests have yet been made by CMPD and Uber has stated that they’ve removed access to both the driver and the passengers pending a full investigation.
This is certainly not the only time an Uber driver has violated the ‘no gun’ policy. Last year a driver pulled a gun on some passengers who were about to vomit in his car, and earlier this year, a driver pulled a gun on some passengers who he said started smoking weed in his car. Just yesterday a Grand Rapids Uber driver pulled a gun on some passengers after an argument escalated.
What are your thoughts on Uber’s gun policy?