Auckland, New Zealand — A mother of a five-year-old boy took to social media to share a disturbing encounter she and her son had with an Uber driver last Tuesday.
“My five-year-old son was just assaulted by an Uber driver,” the mother, Anna Jobsz, wrote. “When we got out of the car the driver got out, followed us and pushed my son hard and stole his iPad.”
The uber driver then allegedly ran back to his vehicle and drove away from the scene.
“We are both very shaken. I’m hoping the police will catch him.”
A few days later, Anna posted an update regarding the incident. She states that they have found the iPad near her home in St Mary’s Bay, believing the driver must have dumped it.
Both the ridesharing company and local police have been notified. Furthermore, the Uber driver is reportedly being prosecuted for theft and assault of a child.
Anna claimed that her son only cried for a few minutes. However, he had anxiety about “being mugged by a big scary man”. She also added that she cried for an hour after the incident.
Moreover, Anna wanted to share her experience so other parents would be cautious when travelling in rideshares.
Meanwhile, Uber suspended the driver from driving for the company until the matter is resolved by the police.
An Uber spokeswoman said: “Without commenting on the specifics of this incident, it is our practice when we receive reports to remove the driver-partner’s access to the app while the matter is looked into.”