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Uber App Tells Driver to Drive Down Flight of Stairs — And He Did

March 28, 2018
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Uber App Tells Driver to Drive Down Flight of Stairs — And He Did
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In today's news of things that will make you say, "wait, what?" — an Uber driver, allegedly one with an actual, real-life license, decided it was a grand old idea to drive down some stairs in San Francisco. Thankfully, though, no injuries were reported.

We've all made some questionable driving decisions at one point or another, but this one really takes the cake. Can you imagine going for a stroll in the Castro — or just picking up some food at Safeway, where it all went down (pun intended) — and next thing you know, there's a car. On. The. Stairs.

The driver, we'll call him Fred, according to Business Insider, said he was using the Uber map at the time of the accident, and that it instructed him to go down the stairs. Spoiler alert: Things did not work out well.

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He ended up getting stuck at about 1:23pm local time and wasn't removed until 3pm. Why did it take so long, you ask? Well, a tow truck tried to move the car via a cable, but the cable snapped... and proceeded to send the car straight into a public trash can, which promptly knocked it off its screws. And you thought you had a rough day at work.

In related news, Fred — who has driven with Uber for less than a year — refuses to drive in the area again. He also thinks Safeway needs to make changes to its parking lot.

The real kicker, though? This wasn't even the first time this has happened. A taxi driver ended up in the same situation back in 2014.

Something tells me the two passengers in the back didn't give Fred a five-star rating.

(Photo by @Vruln via Twenty20)

Featured image by Uber driver. (Photo by @Vruln via Twenty20)