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Man claiming to be Uber driver asks UCD student for kiss as payment

In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.
In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. AP

A UC Davis student reports that a man claiming to be an Uber driver asked for a kiss as payment early Sunday, officials report.

Andy Fell, associate director of news and media for the UC Davis Police Department, said a male driver picked up three women at 400 Parkway Circle on campus and dropped two girls off before driving to West Village.

“The doors locked automatically and he hadn’t unlocked the doors to let her go,” Fell said.

The driver insisted on a kiss as payment for the ride, a UC Davis campus “Timely Warning” release reports.

Fell said a UC Davis Police Department Safe-Rides vehicle drove passed the parked car and the driver unlocked the car to let the woman go. She left the car and fled to her apartment.

Fell said the UC Davis Police Department is in contact with Uber to discuss the situation and inquire about the driver.

“Verify your driver before you get in and trust your instincts,” Fell said. The Uber phone app allows passengers to take note of the driver’s ratings, Fell said.

UC Davis offers the Safe-Rides service after hours, free of charge for students. The vehicles can be accessed by calling 530-754-2677 and on the free smartphone application, TAPRIDE.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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