A Brooklyn author stated an Uber driver refused to select her up Thursday night time, and she or he fears racism would be the cause behind the snub.
TV present host Ashley Ford tweeted concerning the eight:30 p.m. encounter to her one hundred ten,000 followers moments after it occurred.
“I simply had an @Uber driver cease, take a look at me, say “no,” and drive off. With out me within the automotive. And uber charged me $5 for that,” she wrote.
Ford, 30, used her app to hail a automotive from twenty third St. and Broadway for a visit to Flatbush. When the cab arrived, she requested, “Are you right here for Ashley? He checked out me, and he stated, ‘No,’ and he drove off,” she stated. Ford seemed on the license plate, she noticed it matched the one on her Uber app.
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Ford, who’s black, stated she does not know for positive why the driving force — who she described as truthful-skinned with darkish, straight hair — would move up on a $forty fare to Flatbush.
“It’s onerous, as a result of I don’t need to consider it was racist, however I don’t see another purpose why he would have checked out me and stated ‘No’ and drove off,” stated Ford.
“I are likely to need to give individuals the good thing about the doubt, however this isn’t an individual in misery,” she stated. “My cash is nearly as good as anybody else… I tip nicely. I am a very nice passengers.”
As she waited for an additional cab, she felt embarrassed at first, then mad about feeling embarrassed.
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So she took to Twitter.
An Uber consultant has reached out to her since then, she stated. “They stated it is a state of affairs that they need to rectify. They stated that it isn’t OK,” she stated “Anyone can be reaching out to me, hopefully quickly.”
App officers stated they’ve opened an investigation into what occurred, and she or he finally wasn’t charged the $5.
“Uber does not tolerate any type of discrimination and we’ll be investigating this absolutely,” spokeswoman Brooke Anderson stated.
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