WCVB reports the Dorchester man gave the teen a ride with no problems, but is charged with raping her several days later after connecting with her over Snapchat.
Deactivate me from driving, but retain a rapist with priors.
Attention, Bostonians: You get what you pay for. You know that dirt cheap price you paid last time you rode Uber? Unless you used a promo code, only 75% of that went to the driver. And the driver still has to pay $2.20 a gallon, maintenance, self-employment tax, and depreciation on their vehicle.
That leaves you with very little financial incentive to drive Uber...but if you want access to girls that you really want to have sex with regardless of consent, then Uber driving is for you!
EDIT: Also, Jesus Christ, you stupid (expletive), what are you doing connecting with 16-year old girls on social media when you live with your girlfriend?
I don't think "you get what you paid for" is an appropriate response to someone being raped.
It's my general response to people who expect good service from Uber. I would have said the same thing if this guy had been merely accused of stalking.
My response to someone being raped is "I'm sorry that this happened to you, I hope this guy's balls get cut off, even if he didn't rape you, because he's still an idiot for chasing a 16-year old on social media."
You pick up passenger. You drive passenger. You drop off passenger. End of interaction. She's not going to be your girlfriend, and you'll know whether or not she wants to have sex with you if she's having sex with you without resisting. I drove at least a thousand women in my car, and not a single one of them indicated an interest in seeing me outside of work.
I get being dense about women, we all are. But you don't get to play the dense card in this scenario when you're 1) American and 2) LIVING WITH A GIRLFRIEND THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE.
"having sex with you without resisting" is no longer even close to what is considered consent, get with the times. You need positive affirmation, and sobriety, for their to be consent.
I toss a blanket over 'em and shuffle out of their apartment if they're too drunk.
Damn, you're really taking an awful story about a girl getting raped and making it about you.
They choose not to. It's not that I'm an attention whore per se, I just don't do last word concession.
Note how the driver did not commit a crime while on the clock for Uber. (He used Snapchat for that.)
Note how the driver should have been flagged by Uber's background check and never been allowed to drive for the company to start.
I remember back in the nineties and even the early aughts there was a lot of wariness about kids/teens on the internet and making sure they weren't talking with strangers and dishing personal business etc etc, and yeah a lot of it was the internet being new and scary and non-nerds being afraid of it, but now that everybody and their grandma is on facebook it feels like there's a lot less cultural acknowledgement that kids need help to stay safe. The teenagers I used to taught had very little awareness that people who weren't their friends could see and interact with their social media and that people weren't necessarily who they said they were online. And that was before snapchat, which since it deletes messages makes it SUPER difficult for even attentive parents to monitor what kind of interactions their kids are having.
I feel really terrible for this girl, I do, and I'm worried the current mindset is going to leave a lot more young ladies in a position where a predator can easily take advantage :(
As seen on Facebook or Twitter recently:
2006: Watch out for strangers on the internet and don't get into strangers' cars.
2016: Literally summon strangers via the internet and get into their cars.
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