A recent wave of burglary attempts by Uber eats When it comes to motorists, women are trying to defend themselves after several of them have been targeted in recent years.
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Gunman abandons Uber Eats driver who is begging on his knees after trying to break into her home
Shar’ Daya Hardin is one of those women who says she was forced to attack a food supplier with a gun in 2022. Hardin tells TSR examined Justin Carter reported that when she opened the door to her home in Ohio, the delivery man slipped in without warning.
“I always deliver without contact, so they just leave it at the door,” Hardin said. “I’m doing this because I have kids and I don’t want them to think they can open the door to strangers.”
Footage posted by Hardin to Twitter shows the driver on his knees begging and apologizing to her while she was armed. The clip has been viewed over three million times since June 12.
“Without a doubt,” Hardin said when asked if the delivery man would have harmed her if she hadn’t been armed.
So one day I ordered @UberEats and it took the delivery man about two hours to come. I ended up dozing off…I woke up to him pushing on my door trying to break in…I thought I was tripping so I grabbed my gun and headed for the door…I unlocked the door, he pushed it open pic.twitter.com/uQ5uCPS1Js
— Shar’ Daya (@DAYxMARIE) June 13, 2023
Similar Uber Eats incidents have been happening in Queens, San Francisco for several years
In the meantime, NBC News reported earlier this week that a couple is suing the Boro Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, for failing to provide adequate security.
The couple, identified only as John Doe and Jane Doe, are said to have stayed at the hotel in 2021. They claim they were robbed at gunpoint after opening their room door in anticipation of Uber Eats.
And in 2017 residing in San Francisco Natasha Dalzell Martinez described her experience with an Uber Eats driver making his way into her home.
Dalzell-Martinez, who unlike Hardin was unarmed, narrated ABC 7 News her delivery man showing up at her house with the wrong order.
Their driver eventually returned minutes later with the correct order when the confrontation broke out. Dalzell-Martinez says the man broke into her home uninvited and accused her of giving him the wrong order.
Doorbell camera footage shows the unidentified driver swearing at Dalzell-Martinez before apparently leaving her home with food in hand.
The ride-along and delivery service condemned the driver’s behavior in a statement to ABC 7. Although the incident wasn’t physical, Dalzell-Martinez says, “His backup was so short and that worried me.”
“And then he kicked the door,” she said. “I could hear the door being kicked and I could hear him screaming on the way back to his car.”
And Uber Eats was far from helpful after trying to report him.
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In Hardin’s case, she says the driver’s profile contained no picture, no reviews… just a first name, she tells TSR Investigates. She says that when she brought the incident to Uber Eats’ attention, she encountered resistance from the company’s employees.
After local police responded, she said her Uber Eats account was disabled because the delivery driver flagged “violence” on the app.
That ultimately made it harder for them to access their account and shipping information, she says.
Hardin says she will likely move out of her current home once the lease ends. She tells TSRI’s Justin Carter that the Uber Eats incident scared her in her own home.
Meanwhile, ABC 7 reports that Uber Eats has condemned the Dalzell-Martinez case. The company said it will investigate the incident. However, it is unclear how and if the driver was penalized.
Uber Eats damage delivery drivers are subject to annual criminal and driver’s license screening
There are over 1.65 million home burglaries every year. That accounts for about 66 percent of all 2.5 million burglaries annually, Simply insurance reported citing FBI statistics.
The average home invasion lasts 8 to 10 minutes, with some as short as 90 seconds policy advice.
Meanwhile, Uber Eats’ website claims that all drivers must undergo a background check before each delivery. They are also subject to an annual criminal record and driver’s license review.
TSRI’s Justin Carter contacted the company for comment on the matter. However, we are still awaiting feedback at the time of publication of this article (July 5th).
The authorities urge anyone in such situations to call the police immediately.