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Old 20th July 2017, 10:38   #1
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Default Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

Think again before you hail an OLA. A doctor was kidnapped by an OLA driver because the company had not paid a few of them the incentives. While this can happen with any cab aggregator but in this case the crime seems to have stemmed from lack of payment from OLA.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/59673423.cms

Another incident also involving an OLA cab posted here (Pics: Accidents in India)
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Think again before you hail an OLA. A doctor was kidnapped by an OLA driver because the company had not paid a few of them the incentives. While this can happen with any cab aggregator but in this case the crime seems to have stemmed from lack of payment from OLA.
Last few years there were huge increase in driver protest for OLA/Uber alike. People signed up for earning 70k/1L a month. OLA or Uber kept on advertising such huge profit. Once the honeymoon period was over, OLA/Uber and others went into price war, that huge advertised income was no where to be seen.

People took loan, sold their properties to sign up with new cars.

Now ?

Check youtube. It's flooded with horror stories from drivers and owners or so called OLA/Uber partners.

Something like this is shocker for sure. But those who are familiar with OLA/Uber payment issues, may not find this surprising.

Drivers only see the passenger, since entire business model is online and seldom a driver may meet OLA/Uber employee face to face to vent their frustration / anger.
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Old 20th July 2017, 14:14   #3
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Default Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

This one is 'Savdhaan India' material for sure.

Miffed by the drastic reduction of incentives, these Ola cabbies kidnapped an Ola customer and called Ola for ransom!

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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

Thanks for sharing, Centaur & Ashutoshb! Moving your post to a new thread.

Serves as a gentle reminder that we need to keep our eyes & ears open, even when travelling in Ola & Uber.

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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

A trick to be on the safer side, especially for women is just after sitting in your taxi pretend to call someone sharing the details of your Ola/Uber cab.

Like - Hey, I have just taken a Ola and the car is a white Swift Dzire, number ending in xxxx. Driver's name is xyz. See you soon in around xx minutes!

Chances are that the driver will not pull dangerous tactics on you after this.

Read it somewhere on the internet. May be on our forum only.
Worth sharing.

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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

The lure of too much money inconsistent with the level of education and civic sense is a major pandemic in our country.

Lack of proper laws esp. surrounding consumer protection only make such things worse.

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A trick to be on the safer side, especially for women is just after sitting in your taxi pretend to call someone sharing the details of your Ola/Uber cab.
Uber already has a facility where you can share the status of your trip with your emergency contacts. But I believe, you need to do this for each trip.

What I'd like is, your emergency contacts get a notification about your travel *each* time you travel with these details:

Name of driver
Reg. no. of car
GPS log

While this will certainly not deter the hardened criminals, it's a step towards accountability.
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India is such a useless nation in almost every sphere of life, the only thing almost everybody are exponents at is bureaucracy.. aka the art of not doing what has to be done.

Controversial opinion but I sure feel unsafe today.. we're adapting our life slowly to the American timings and companies, institutions and facilities are almost functioning 24 hours in major cities like Bangalore today (Mumbai is an already established 24 hour city). However what hasn't changed is safety.. we as a people are meek as well, ready to surrender, throw our hands up and twiddle our thumbs when danger grabs us by the throat. Gun laws must be approved in India and fast, however I do understand that the propensity to misuse guns due to the novelty factor will be a billion times more than America where guns are commonplace. Perhaps certain people of standing who're verified as balanced individuals should be able to apply for training and license without having to prove threat to life, and surely there must be more training centres all over rather than just in the outskirts.

Imagine this, you're in a cab.. the doors are locked and the driver is hijacking you and you have absolutely no option to force him to stop. Its a horrible situation. One can easily sucker-punch the driver and stun him but for the fact that its a moving car and also what the driver may do after is anybody's guess. I'm sorry if this post is uncomfortable due to the mention of violence or just due to its negative overtones but the question remains that if we as the civilized, keepers of a sane, anti-anarchic society face a danger that can possibly threaten our life, what are we to do?

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One can easily sucker-punch the driver and stun him but for the fact that its a moving car and also what the driver may do after is anybody's guess
Imagine the legal and police harassment for doing so.

You or me suspecting a hijack doesn't make it hijack. But you or me doing that violence is definitely an one way road towards police and legal harassment.

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A trick to be on the safer side, especially for women is just after sitting in your taxi pretend to call someone sharing the details of your Ola/Uber cab.
And if highly suspicious, take a pic of the car as it's approaching you (ensure driver sees you taking a pic) and whatsapp it to your family. Have used & recommended this tip to many people.
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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

Kudos to the police team for their swift action. Good work by the cops rarely gets praise nowadays.
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All Ola/Uber cars are equipped with a GPS tracker. I don't think the kidnappers knew that they could be easily tracked by Ola/cops.

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Imagine this, you're in a cab.. the doors are locked and the driver is hijacking you and you have absolutely no option to force him to stop. Its a horrible situation. One can easily sucker-punch the driver and stun him but for the fact that its a moving car and also what the driver may do after is anybody's guess. I'm sorry if this post is uncomfortable due to the mention of violence or just due to its negative overtones but the question remains that if we as the civilized, keepers of a sane, anti-anarchic society face a danger that can possibly threaten our life, what are we to do?
Best to sit in the front seat. There is no child lock there. But yeah, sitting in the front seat is not advisable for a lady!

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One tip on cabs which I got on whatsapp a while back, especially for ladies is that, while getting into the cab make sure to check the child lock on the door you are getting in from (at least). When the child lock is engaged in a car we all know what happens. I am sure many of you too might have got this as forwards but sharing it here again because I found it to be very much doable for a driver with vested interests.

Having Tasers is another option apart from guns. Is comparatively safe but the problem which I have felt in keeping any kind of weapon is that, it can be easily used against you itself if you don't handle it well. So its a double edged sword really!
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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

NCR region has become one big black hole.
Nothing can work better for criminals than the ease of committing crime & moving into any of the three different states while police gets entangled in formalities.

They kept using docs phone (including internet to send videos) and police could not locate them for 13 days!!!

We do can appreciate the police work now because the result was not fatal but we cannot rule out the possibility that this could have got uglier.
I shudder to think, if the cabbie had chosen to kidnap a woman.

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Kudos to the police team for their swift action. Good work by the cops rarely gets praise nowadays.
This looks like a 13 day affair.
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Default Re: Ola driver kidnaps customer; calls Ola for ransom!

In all my interactions with Uber drivers (I haven't taken an OLA cab yet), the drivers have always praised Uber's timely payments. They never have to follow up and their linked bank accounts are credited without any fuss. In the same breath they complain about Ola's poor policies and untimely payments.

While lack of payments does not justify kidnapping a customer for ransom, Ola does need to fix their credit mechanism.
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