An Uber driver was convicted of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman in 2015, in a ride from Center City to Norristown.
The safety of passengers and female drivers concerns Angela Vogel, an Uber driver, who thinks the company should do more to protect them.
Katy Kopenhaver, 25, of West Chester, said a couple of college students were relentless in hitting on her and a friend, continually asking questions like, “Where are you guys going?
” “I asked the Uber driver to drop them off first,” Kopenhaver said.
They even once exchanged a few messages on the dating app Bumble.
But that never resulted in a date, and they didn’t recognize each other on Dec. “I looked up and was like, ‘Oh that guy’s really cute,’ ” Schipke remembered.
“He was taking too long, so I asked him for his.” They didn’t date for long, but she still thinks a car is as good a place as any to meet someone. “The bar is usually worse, in my experience, because people are usually drunk.” But for every harmless flirtation, there are unwelcome advances, or even perceived threats.
Some women have developed strategies to cope with aggressive behavior.
Still, most Uber romances aren’t exactly fairy tales.6, 2016, when they both walked out of 1500 Spring Garden St. He was getting out of work, and she was leaving an event for Penn State alumni. When their Uber POOL, a Toyota Camry, showed up, Marzano got in the front seat and Schipke shared the back with another passenger. “I’m sure the entire time she’s just watching this go down,” Marzano said.“We’re cracking jokes, figuring out all the connections we had.” “The standard flirting,” said Schipke.“I didn’t want them following me.” Men, too, described uncomfortable moments.He laughs about it now, but Max, 22, of East Falls, who declined to give his last name, said it got awkward when an intoxicated woman once spent a 3 a.m. ’ ” A 22-year-old University of Delaware student who did not want his name printed said he’s seen both opportunity and hazards.
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