Uber hasn’t had a great April when it comes to famous-ish passengers. Last week, Busy Philipps claimed her life was at risk after she climbed into an Uber driven by a creepy guy with an even creepier guy in the backseat. Now plus-size model Tess Holliday is claiming a recent Uber ride put her her self esteem at risk, thanks to a body-shaming Uber driver.
Yesterday, Tess was picked up in an UberBLACK vehicle, which is Uber’s fanciest option, and claims her driver, who she describes as being fat, started asking her a bunch of personal questions about her health. Unless Uber has implemented a mobile in-car human body diagnostic program, I don’t know if that’s the sort of shit a driver should be talking about with a passenger. Tess wasn’t feeling it. She filmed part of their conversation and called out Uber on Instagram.
Hey @uber I don't pay more to use your "black car" service to be told that there's no way I could possibly be healthy because I'm fat & then questioning it. No one should have to tolerate this at any level of the services you offer. I'm fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services. Ever. Also after I told him I was healthy he turned the radio off & changed the subject. #putmymoneywheremymouthis #uberdriver #uber Edited to add: saying my driver is fat was obviously being used as a descriptor & not to insult him. Also I did not show his face or use his name when filming, it was to be able to show what I deal with daily & why this behavior is unacceptable from anyone.
“I’m fat. I also have a fat wallet & will no longer be using your services.” Is that Tess’ Pretty Woman “Big mistake” moment?
E! News says that Uber released a short statement regarding Tess’ driver.
“We expect all riders and drivers to treat each other with respect as laid out in our Community Guidelines.”
I have never read Uber’s community guidelines, so I don’t know what kind of rules are laid out there. But I’d say that minding your own business is a pretty safe rule to live by when stuck in a moving vehicle with a stranger. Basically just live by the nosy aunt rule. Are you about to ask something that your nosy aunt probably already asked a stranger once today? If the answer is yes, then maybe don’t ask it.