Don’t Throw Up In A Lyft!
Many people use Lyft to avoid driving while intoxicated. It just makes sense. If you are going to an event, bar or party and know you may be having a few drinks, you can do so without having to worry about endangering others on the road or getting a DUI. A Lyft driver will pick you up in a matter of minutes and get you home safely.
However, if you have had a little too much to drink and have the unfortunate experience of throwing up in the Lyft drivers car, there will be consequences. By using the Lyft platform and having agreed to the Lyft terms of service, you may be charged a damage fee up to $250.00
Good Samaritan Got Stung By Lyft Damage Fee
Malcom Whitfield a patron at Firehouse Saloon in Rochester, NY noticed a woman who appeared intoxicated. She was getting ready to leave and he was concerned about her possibly driving under the influence. He was being a good samaritan and ordered a Lyft for her under his personal account. 15 minutes after the woman left in the Lyft, the Lyft driver texted Malcom that she had thrown up in his car.
Malcom felt bad about the situation and offered to double the Lyft drivers tip. The following day he received a notice from Lyft that his account had been debited $150 for damages that occured on his last ride. Malcolm was unaware of the damage fee policy and initally the woman who was also unaware of the policy refused to pay. She has since changed her mind and agreed to take responsibility for the fee. (as well she should!)
The Bottom Line
Lyft drivers are independent contractors often driving in order to supplement their income to help make ends meet for theirselves and their families. Please be respectful of your dirver, their car and personal property. The bottom line is, it's improtant to be responsible for your actions in a Lyft, no mater the state of mind you are in order to avoid unexpected costly consequences.