A Portland woman said she was banned from working as a Lyft driver because she defended herself from a threatening passenger.
Now, she's hoping her story will persuade the rideshare company to evaluate their non-lethal weapons policy.
The part-time Uber and Lyft driver, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was her last ride of the night during last weekend. When one of her two passengers in the backseat vomited in her car.
According to the woman, the other passenger started complaining about paying a damage fee for his friend and things quickly escalated.
I don't know what I could have done differently and not put myself in more danger.
"After several minutes of me adamantly saying, 'You need to exit my vehicle. Get out of my car! Get out of my car!' He refused and he kept trying to intimidate me. He was hovering above me in the passenger seat. I finally said if you don't get out of my vehicle, I'm going to grab my Taser." The woman grabbed the stun gun. She says the sound alone scared the man out.
She reported the damage to Lyft, adding that she had used a stun gun to protect herself. That's when she says she was told she violated their weapons policy and was banned as a driver.
A spokesperson from Lyft stated:
"Lyft has a strict 'no weapons' policy. This means that if a driver or passenger possesses a weapon of any sort in a Lyft, they will be removed from the platform."
Lyft deploys a strict no weapons policy and Uber only prohibits drivers from carrying firearms. The Portland woman says she admits she should have read up on the policy and not assumed Lyft took the same stance as Uber.
"This is a huge safety issue because it's the drivers a lot of times who are in danger picking up strangers (and) often times, more than one," she said.