Man’s anti-robbery plan backfires
A MAN has been slammed online after he claimed he used his neighbour's address when ordering an Uber so he "didn't get robbed when travelling to the airport" - and they got burgled instead.
Reddit user Tough_Scene asked if he was in the wrong for using the neighbour's address as a safe guard against being robbed, The Sun reported.
He explained his tactic, which he used because he regularly went to the airport for work.
"I've always had a paranoia that the Uber driver will rob my house if they see that they're driving me to the airport as no one will be home," he said.
"So I usually put my neighbours house."
But recently, he said, the plan backfired.
"Well it happened," he said. "I got picked up at 5am last Monday and put the pick-up location as my next door neighbour.
"When I came back yesterday I found out they were robbed that day (they weren't home as they were on vacation).
"Police have identified the Uber driver as the prime suspect."
The Reddit user added that he didn't reveal what he did to his neighbours, who live four doors down from him.
He asked if he was in the wrong - and many said yes, he was.
"You thought it might happen, so you made sure it would happen to someone else rather than you. I don't really see the question here?" one person said.
"You have information that places the Uber driver at the scene and could help the police catch and convict him," another said. "I can't believe you thought this was a good idea."
Another user agreed: "Why would you put your neighbour? You say that you're always afraid so you put their address. That's pretty messed up."
"You should've just set it as the corner of the street you live on dude," another said.
Others didn't think it was such a bad idea.
"But this is such a common thing," someone said. "It's common advice to tell someone to set their Uber pick-up location a couple blocks from their actual home."
Another person agreed: "What. This is obviously victim blaming..... Unless (he) knew that the neighbours were on vacation too, there is absolutely no way he is the a**hole."
A former taxi driver added: "Having worked in the taxi industry for years, I can tell you that people calling their taxi two doors away is way more common than you think.
"At least 10 to 15 per cent of our calls to the airport are made two doors away."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission