GOP Volunteers Kicked Out of an Uber in North Carolina
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – July 16, 2018
Six Republican campaign volunteers say they were kicked out of an Uber on Saturday as their driver told them “welcome to the resistance.”
The six volunteers were told to leave the vehicle at a gas station because the driver “had the right to deny us service”. The passengers were already halfway to their destination in Raleigh, North Carolina. The driver then said “Welcome to the resistance”, rolled up the window and drove off.
“It was clear based on our mild conservative political talk that the driver realized we were Republicans,” Russell, the passenger who ordered the Uber, told The DCNF. After the incident, she received a message from Uber saying that she was inappropriate towards her driver.
The company does have Community Guidelines posted publicly on their website; some of which include prioritizing safety, acknowledging fellow riders' and drivers' privacy and personal space, and respecting one another.
"Treat your fellow riders and drivers as you would like to be treated yourself: with respect," the page reads. "Most important of all, remember that when you use Uber you will meet people who may look different or think differently from you. Please respect those differences. We want everyone to feel welcome when they use Uber."
The company's discrimination policy is also published on the page:
Uber has a zero tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind. This means you will lose access to your account if you are found to have discriminated against drivers or other riders based on their race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, gender identity, age or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.
All six riders assure that they did not use ‘inappropriate and abusive language or gestures’ that would result in the early termination of a ride. This is politically motivated action which is clearly discriminatory and therefor should be protected under Uber's policies.
Unfortunately, while the company says it does not tolerate discrimination of "any kind," political affiliation is missing from its list of protected characteristics. The system would hold the driver responsible for violating the rights of sexual minorities, national or religious groups, etc., but will remain indifferent to discrimination on a political basis. Recently, Uber removed a New York driver's access to its app on Monday after he kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing in his car. Late Tuesday the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended the driver's taxi license, pending an investigation. Will this case be met with such a harsh response? I highly doubt it. Uber is applying a double standard, companies are now able to discriminate against conservatives regardless of alleged freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and whats worse, most don't seem to see this as a problem in the first place.
Russell said the group then requested another ride, and experienced no problems with the second driver.
The incident is part of a trend of harassment and denials of service to Republicans. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant by its manager, and a Whataburger patron assaulted a 16-year-old for wearing a MAGA hat.
It's an absolute shame that the political climate in America has become so toxic that incidents like this are all too common.