Call it Uber-creepy.
An Omaha woman has been granted a restraining order after a disturbing encounter with an Uber driver last week.
The woman said that when she was dropped off at her house early Tuesday, the driver followed her inside briefly and returned later that day, and — among other things — stared at her home in the middle of the snowstorm. The protection order was granted Thursday.
The woman, 29, took the Uber car ride home from a friend's house in the early morning hours because she and the friend had been drinking.
In the request for the protection order, the woman described what happened: "Once I entered the car and placed my bags to the side, the driver asked me to sit in front. I said 'no' — I felt very uneasy. ... We arrived at my home. I got out as he asked me if I needed help. I immediately said 'no.' ... Quickly, I opened my front door, walked in, dropped my bags, turned to shut my door — only to see him right behind me, walking right into my home without permission — I felt afraid, violated, scared of my next move because he pushed himself close to me so quickly and I immediately feared for my safety. ... He came in to hug me without me asking him and I quickly felt threatened and asked (him) to leave. ... He left."
Later that day, her doorbell rang. Then someone banged on her door. She said she became scared and waited for the person to leave. The doorknob wiggled. She grabbed her phone. Then she saw the driver walk up the street and stare at her house.
She later opened her door and found an envelope with a note inside. The man continued to drive past her house. "I am scared he will hurt me or even worse. Please help," the request for a protection order says.
The request includes a copy of the note left at her door, which read in part: "I've thought a lot about you all day now, and loved having you in my car. Even tho i'm older than you ... hugging you on your stairs ... (I wanted to do that again as soon as i left) seeing how pretty you were once the lights were on! Yummy! ... all I could think about was turning out all the lights and snuggling with you under a blankie while a storm raged outside."
The driver also left his email address and phone number.
The woman's mother, after having a difficult time reaching anyone at Uber, did some research and started calling its investors. After getting in touch with one, she heard from Uber and spoke to an investigator.
In a statement emailed to The World-Herald on Saturday, an Uber spokeswoman wrote: "This family's experience is unacceptable and we immediately banned the driver after learning of these allegations that clearly violate Uber's Code of Conduct. We have also reached out to local authorities to offer help with any investigation."
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