A video of a teen stealing money from an Uber driver’s tip jar in August went viral this week. In the footage, 18-year-old Gabrielle Canales appears to be caught with her hand in the driver’s tip jar, just as she and two friends are finishing their ride and about to exit the car. When she is about to allegedly steal, she appears to look directly into the dash cam, which is located next to the car’s rearview mirror.
The driver, Mohammed H. Bhuiyan, told the New York Post, “If I saw her again, I’d tell her to be honest. To stop stealing, and be nice.”
He said he complained to Uber, who told him to contact the authorities.
“I told them that the young lady took my money from my tip jar and they said she advised them that she didn’t. They wanted me to go to the police station, but you know, the last time I went to the police station — it was a long time ago, after I had an accident — and it took way too long, maybe three to four hours, just to file an accident report. It was a bad experience.”
Bhuiyan decided to spend his time working instead of trying to make a police report. He said he thinks Canales took about $10 or $12 from the jar. The teen claimed on social media that she only stole about $5. The teen allegedly shared memes of herself stealing the money, making light of the situation.
In one post, she allegedly claimed she returned the money to the driver.
She has since been banned from Uber.
“What’s been shown has no place on our app and the rider’s access to the app has been removed,” an Uber spokesman told Fox News.
Bhuiyan said people like Canales give Uber riders a bad name.
“I’m really not pissed about the money, it was not a big amount,” he said. “I think she got what she deserved. The thing is, though, those kind of people — doing this kind of stuff, the stealing — this is not a good thing for the company. Most of my riders, they are very nice. So these kind of people really make [riders] look bad.”
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