Uber Driver Boots Group of NC Young Republicans From Vehicle, Dumps Them at Gas Station
An Uber driver in North Carolina kicked a group of young Republican volunteers out of his vehicle at a gas station off of the interstate over the weekend, in an apparent show of "resistance" to their conservative political beliefs. And Uber apparently has no intention of terminating the driver.
Mary-Elizabeth Russell, a campaign volunteer, and Chris Godbey, the executive director of the Young Republicans National Federation, shared their unpleasant experience with the Daily Caller's Stephanie Hamill.
About 40 Young Republicans were on a campaign trip to Raleigh to campaign for North Carolina Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, George Holding and Mark Walker, as well as North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest, North Carolina state Republican Rep. Chris Malone, and Mark Harris, a candidate for the House of Representatives, according to the DCNF.
Russell said that after a day of campaigning in Wake Forest, NC, Saturday night, she called an Uber driver to bring a group of six campaigners back to Raleigh, about 20 miles away.
Once in the vehicle, Russell said, members of the group were "just having polite conversations about our backgrounds, and our experience on the campaign trail and also our future political aspirations -- nothing too controversial." She added that they didn't bash anybody and are "always open to opposing views." But the Uber driver clearly wasn't. He told them he needed to stop and get gas and then unceremoniously kicked them out of his car.
"He quickly turned off, stopped the car and said, 'your ride has been terminated. You've reached your destination and I have the right to deny you service,'" Russell said. "We were all shocked and we politely got out of the vehicle and just said, 'bye, have a good night.' And then he drove off and said,'welcome to the resistance.'"
Godbey, the only male in the group, said that they were able to get another vehicle to pick them up, and when they got to their destination, he fired off a tweet to Uber, asking them if that's the way they treat their customers.
Uber responded by requesting more information: