LOS ANGELES – A man who ordered Lyft to take him to the Los Angeles International Airport this week was taken to a random parking lot after the driver realized how little he was doing. I would be doing on the trip, according to a video recording of the incident.
Darryl, a pilot of a major airline who did not want his surname used or his employer identified, was on his way to LAX on Thursday morning to work when the incident took place.
He had a tight schedule when the driver apparently realized that it was not worth it financially for him to take the passenger to his destination and abruptly decided to abandon him.
Like many, Darryl had resorted to the application of "ride-hailing" when he needed to get to the airport.
Your initial tour was canceled after the driver realized he was already 15 minutes from where Darryl was staying at Hermosa Beach. The second driver who responded that he was coming from LAX when he went to pick him up, Darryl told KTLA in a Skype interview from Miami on Friday.
"He … picked me up, I loaded the bag and we and we started to leave, and then I think he looked: fate appeared on his phone at that time, and then he felt very frustrated," Darryl said. "I did not want to go back to LAX."
Darryl, who was in uniform at the time, told the driver he was a pilot and explained that he had to be at the airport at 7:30 a.m. to take a flight. . He even showed the young man his rank and his wings.
Although the driver still seemed frustrated, he continued the ride, "shooting" him on the streets of the South Bay "and even" executing stop signs, "according to Darryl.
" Normally I would have said something, but at that moment I had to be at work. So I thought: I'll go for a walk and see what happens, "he said.
It was not until they reached the Sepulveda Boulevard, the driver started talking about how little he was doing on that trip, telling Darryl he wanted to leave In the parking lot of Trader Joe & # 39; s in Hermosa Beach.
About to be expelled from the vehicle, Darryl took out his cell phone and began filming the incident, he said he did it because things were going downhill quickly.
"Why are you doing this again?" You can hear Darryl asking the driver who KTLA is not identifying himself. "I have not done anything wrong and are you taking me out of the car?"
The driver responds he has the right to refuse the service, but then he reveals the real reason he wants to leave the trip: he will only earn $ 6 for what would end up being a driving time.
"That does not sound good to me," he said. the driver.
"Friend. I used the application to get a driver. You came and you picked me up. And now you're leaving me in a parking lot? "An incredulous Darryl answered.
The driver then seemed to stop the vehicle and open the car doors.
Darryl made one last attempt with the driver, asking," Are you Are you sure you want to do this? " The driver apologized to the passenger, again citing the low hourly wage and acknowledging that the exchange was being filmed.
" It's good that I recorded it, "he said. But I'm sorry, buddy, I can not make $ 6 per hour. "
The approximately 50-second video ends there.
By then, it was 7:18 am and Darryl was not going to work on time He called another Lyft who took him the rest of the way, he said he arrived at the airport 15 minutes late, but he was grateful to the other driver who took him to his destination.
Then Darryl got in touch with the company to inform them of what what happened on his original trip.
I was waiting for an apology, but instead, Darryl said he received a letter from Lyft in a "standard" manner assuring him that the matter would be taken very seriously and that he would never again bond with that driver.
Darryl added that, although he will continue to use transportation services, he is disgusted with Lyft's response to his claim.
He said the company approached him again on Friday morning, but did not discuss how they would handle the driver involved.
"The driver – I hope he does not work for that company again, I could not believe you left someone in the parking lot." Said Darryl. "That's crazy".
KTLA has contacted Lyft for a comment, but has not heard it yet.