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Ishaan Gill, a resident of Gurgaon, booked a taxi from South Delhi’s Defense Colony to his residence in DLF Phase-II. Little did he know the ride back home would be deeply etched in his memory.
On his way home, Gill alleged the cabbie fell asleep behind the wheel and he had to drive the vehicle himself.
He posted a 9-second video on his Facebook page, which shows the driver sleeping as Gill gently puts Rs 500 next to him. In what he explained as a “horrific experience”, the driver fell asleep while driving and almost crashed into another vehicle.
“My driver fell asleep on the wheel because he took “pills” to keep him up longer. He had to be shaken up by me to prevent a crash from happening. I personally had to put him in the passenger seat and drive his car back by myself. Pathetic background checks obviously. Very disturbing,” he wrote on Facebook.
Uber responded on the video on Facebook asking him for his trip details. The company said they’d get in touch.
Later, Uber got in touch and told him he shouldn’t have driven the car and should’ve asked for another one. “I got a call from the Uber team telling me I should’ve abandoned it (in the middle of nowhere) and requested a new one,” he writes, to which, another Facebook user commented asking “What if it was a girl, would it be safe for her to get down and book a new one late in the night?”
“It is extremely unethical to be taking drugs when others lives are in your hands. No two ways about it. I’m looking out for other passengers who may not be as vigilant as I was,” wrote Gill.
Uber refused to comment on the issue when IndianExpress.com reached out for clarification.