An unbelievable clip of a passenger stealing the entire contents of a taxi driver’s tip jar has gone viral and viewers have been left speechless.
The incident which occurred in New York, USA was filmed on a dashcam device, secured to the inside of an Uber vehicle. The video which runs for two whole minutes shows three seemingly quiet and untroublesome individuals sitting in the back of a cab, travelling to their way to their destination.
The woman in the middle who is wearing a lace bra and short skirt seems fully aware that she is being filmed, but doesn’t put her off what she is about to do next.
She appears to be completely unaware of the cash in front of her for the majority of the ride, but as the car grinds to a halt, she looks straight into the camera lense, before dipping her hand into the clear plastic box.
At first, she seems hesitant to take the cash, but seconds later, plunges her hand in once more and grabs the entire contents.
The three women flee from the car, before the taxi driver looks up to discover that his tip jar is completely empty and has been robbed right under his nose.
He beeps the horn to grab the attention of the girls and unbuckles his seatbelt to get out of the car before the clip comes to an abrupt end.
The driver who was deeply upset by the incident contacted Uber for help and advice on taking the next steps. The company responded: “We understand your frustration with this experience. We’ve attempted to contact the rider by phone and email, but haven’t been able to resolve this issue.
“The rider responded to us and advised us that she didn’t steal your cash from the tip jar. If you believe the rider has your cash as captured from your dash cam and is refusing to return it, you may want to initiate a formal investigation via the police.”
However, the driver claims that he has been far too busy to contact police to follow up the issue, therefore the crime is unlikely to get resolved. The woman reportedly got has reportedly gotten away with the crime, but her Uber account has been deactivated and will not be allowed to use the service in the future.
Uber state that they have since been in contact with the driver since the incident occured in August of this year.
The spokesperson added: ‘This behaviour has no place on Uber and the rider’s access to the app has been removed.
However, viewers of the clip have been left furious that the woman should get away with such an act, with many sharing a screenshot of her face from the video across social media to shame her.
One person on Reddit wrote that she is a “special kind of low”, whilst another commented: “What a foul person she is”.
One former taxi driver who read the discussion online, revealed his experience of being mistreated by passengers throughout his career. He wrote:
“I drove taxi for a while and you’d be surprised how violent and petty people will be over $10. I’ve been spit on, punched, called all kinds of names simply for asking for the money owed to me on the meter.
I can totally see them stealing tips without a second thought.’
Many social media users have been asking why the Uber driver had the cash on display in the first place, as Uber is known to be a cashless service, however, drivers are reportedly allowed to receive tips from passengers who travel, should they wish to make a donation.
The spokesperson from Uber added: “Uber will comply with any formal requests from law enforcement.”
Meanwhile, the Uber company has already been scammed thousands of pounds by a teenager who booked hundreds of fake journeys through stolen credit cards.
19-year-old Onome Omonoseh from Islington, North London set up dozens of fake profiles and went on to book lengthy journeys via the app.
Southwark crown court stated that Uber lost up to £10,000 through the scheme, whilst Omonoseh gained approximately £1760 by becoming the main host of the act, alongside another of other accomplices.
The incident occurred between February and December 2016.
Prosecutor Stephen Requena said: “Mr Omonoseh was the main instigator of the frauds against Uber – creating bogus Uber customer accounts on the app and making bogus trips for which drivers were paid,”
“The details were taken from a website which sells credit card for fraudulent and criminal purposes.
“GPS location showed the mobile phone handset did not always travel with the drivers and in effect the fraud by Mr Omonoseh and the co-defendants was in collaboration.”
Judhe Peter Ader also added: “This was a sophisticated operation that took place over a period of time to defraud Uber of their commission and their fee. Each of you played a part in this operation.”
The total fraud was probably in the region of some £10,000. The prosecution put that this was a high culpability because it was a sophisticated type of offence. It required quite a bit of planning.
“Sometimes there was no one in the car – you were claiming for a trip that didn’t involve taking a customer – and it was done over a long period of time.
“That was an abuse of trust that Uber placed in each of you as a driver and a leading role ascribed by you because without you it could never and would never have happened.”
‘You seem to have a large part to play in driving this system and in particular carrying it out.’
The judge sentenced Omonoseh to an eight-month Young Offenders Institution, whilst jailing fellow scammers, Michael Julien aged 50, Dan-Alexandru Pasat aged 29, Kamlesh Sagoo aged 62, Ibrahim Tekagac aged 35, and Mihai Toader aged 32 were sent to prison.
Pasat, Tekagac, and Toader were given a sixth-month sentence and a £500 fine each. Whilst the only female criminal involved, Sagoo was given a four-month sentence and was expected to pay Uber £486 in compensation to Uber.