Harry here. We’re trying something new today with a segment we’re calling Weekly Weird. Basically, I get a lot of crazy stories from drivers, so we’re going to start publishing the craziest ones every once in a while. If you have a story of your own, you can submit it here or just read on to enjoy the stories vicariously.
This is the first installment of Weekly Weird where we plan on sharing the strange stories and incidents that occur while on the road in a TNC vehicle. One of my favorite things to talk about while hanging out with other drivers usually involves swapping war stories from the night as we compare our craziest stories.
We figured that somewhere in our audience someone has a story that would blow us away, which is why we plan to source these stories from our readership.
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A Hatchet, Some Guns And A Drunk Guy
This week’s story comes to us from Tim in Dallas. Tim is an UberX driver and has been driving since 2015.
I went to an address for an Uber pickup on a Sunday morning and an UberBLACK car pulled up after I had been waiting for a few minutes. I thought to myself, “I hope this isn’t a case where they cancel my ride and hop in his car!” To my surprise the black car approached me and the driver rolled down his window. Something unusual was going to happen.
He then told me “his client needed his car transported from downtown Dallas to his home” and “if you want to make some cash, cancel the ride and hop in the guy’s car” Seemed harmless enough. Just driving a stranger’s car behind the black car to get from A to B.
I get into the stranger’s car and the first thing I notice is the guy’s tags were 03/15! Great. Now I am driving a car with expired tags that isn’t mine. Well, it’s early on a Sunday, hopefully the dude’s house is close. Turns out it wasn’t. It was 15 minutes north of downtown.
But now, I have no way of contacting the UberBLACK driver. All I can do is follow him to the location as I drive this strange car with expired tags. Am I accidentally in the mafia now? Is there a dead body in this trunk? What did I agree to do? I continue to drive making sure to follow the black car as I check the mirrors for any PD.
The next thing I notice is a handle sticking up between the driver’s seat and the center console. It looks like a giant hatchet. Never mind, it is a giant hatchet.
This keeps getting stranger. Now I am driving a random guy’s car with expired tags and a giant hatchet. I finally get to the destination. Glad to have made it without any interference from the law, far from where I began and my car. What could come next?
I learn from the UberBLACK driver that the reason the owner didn’t drive the car himself is because he was drunk! At 10:00 a.m. on a Sunday! I happen to mention the hatchet to the UberBLACK driver as he is driving me back to my car and he says “yeah, the guy said he had a bunch of guns in the car also.”
Great! I just got paid to drive a car with expired tags that was loaded with hatchets and guns! I’m glad I didn’t get pulled over! I’m just glad I didn’t check the trunk for bodies. Although I’m sure it would have just been another gun, maybe even the one that Walter White used in the last episode of Breaking Bad.
Drivers, what do you think about this story and do you have one of your own that matches it? Feel free to leave a comment below with your craziest story and if you’d like to submit it for posting, please fill this form out.
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