Jordan Pavloviki requested an Uber last Wednesday. He stated “I noticed that the Uber driver kept looking back at me in his rear-view mirror, but I didn’t think much of it at the time.” After pulling up to his home in Perth, he says the driver parked in his driveway, “After dropping me off, I was about to get out the car and the driver stopped me and asked me what my name was, to confirm that I was the one who had request the Uber,” he says.
He reported that he thought it was strange the driver “stayed parked in my driveway and stared at me, I thought it was quite weird.” However, once inside of his house Pavlovski noticed a text message from the driver it read “If you like giving blow jobs,” and included the driver’s cell phone number.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he says. “It just made me feel violated and gross. The whole thing was really creepy. The worst part is that he knows where I live now, which makes me feel really uncomfortable.” Pavlovski said.
Upon contacting Uber, they stated they were investigating the matter and has since released a statement: “Under no circumstances should an [Uber] partner behave or treat you in a way that you feel unsafe or uncomfortable,” the company told him. “Uber is committed to safety connecting riders and partners, and we take reports like this seriously.”
Pavlovski doesn’t understand how the driver thought he could get away with this behavior.
“I am openly gay, but that should never be an invitation,” Pavlovski says. “There is a bit of stigma around sexual harassment and abuse towards men. I sometimes feel like it’s not taken as seriously. I’m OK and I can deal with it, but I know for a lot of people, this kind of thing would have a huge impact.”