Teacher, 25, sleeps with hammer next to her bed after Uber driver shows up to her home TWICE without her ordering a cab
A TERRIFIED teaching assistant sleeps with a hammer next to her bed after an Uber driver twice shows up at her house without her ordering a cab.
Amélé Sossavi, 25, first met the driver when she ordered an Uber to move suitcases from her old home to a new one on September 20.
She said she had exchanged small conversations with him during the trip, but it quickly became uncomfortable, reports Metro.co.uk.
The driver asked her if she had a boyfriend and asked for her phone number once he dropped her off at the new address in South London.
Amélé tried to deflect her advances by giving a wrong number, but two days later she found a note posted in her mailbox.
He was like, “Hey it’s Habib, your number didn’t work. Call me at…” followed by his contact details.
Despite her concern, Amélé, who works near the place where teacher Sabina Nessa was murdered, decided to ignore the driver’s note.
But while she was at work on Wednesday, she received a text from one of her roommates, which read: “Amélé your Uber driver has just arrived home.”
When I finally got home I had to lock all the doors and slept with a hammer next to my bed because he now knows my address, he knows where I live.
Amélé told Metro: “When my roommate told me, I just broke down. I work at a school and was on a lunch break when I found out and a few of my colleagues had to calm me down.
“Especially with everything that’s happened to women lately, it really freaked me out.”
She added: “I didn’t even stay home that night because I didn’t feel safe.
“When I finally got home I had to lock all the doors and slept with a hammer next to my bed because he now knows my address, he knows where I live.”
Terrified, Amélé called the police and told them that she feared being harassed and harassed, and demanded that an officer come to meet her at the school.
She said the departing male officer “did not understand the urgency of the situation” and told him that they did not have enough officers.
After “fighting” for the police to help them, a policewoman went to the school and escorted Amélé home.
Later that day, Amélé was informed by the police that the driver had been fired by the taxi company.
Amélé added that she had had a “very positive” experience with the police, but stressed that it was because the police were on her case.
The young woman also reached out to Uber to tell them she had received an alarming note from the driver, however, she said they did not respond until after her second visit.
Speaking about how the incident affected her life, Amélé said: “I’m back home now, but just feeling sick.
“I don’t feel safe and I don’t think I will feel any safer anytime soon. I will start taking martial arts and self defense classes because I continue to worry.
“I will never take Uber again. Actually, I used to love talking with cab drivers, but it made me antisocial because it seems having a conversation and being friendly with someone makes them think a lot. more.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed receiving a report of harassment and stalking on Wednesday.
They said: “It was reported that a woman was repeatedly harassed and contacted by a private driver.
“An appointment was made to speak to the woman later that same day. The private driver was identified and spoken to and advice issued.”
A spokesperson for Uber said: “What has been described is totally unacceptable, and we have a zero tolerance policy for any such behavior within the Uber community.
“We are currently investigating this incident, and anyone who behaved in this manner is at risk of being permanently removed from the app.”