The mad taxi driver is a stock character

But this is new:

The gunman who drove in and around a western Michigan city randomly shooting people and killing at least six is an Uber driver.
A spokesman for the online taxi app told the Telegraph on Sunday that 45-year-old Jason Brian Dalton, who has been arrested in connection with the shooting, was one of their drivers, as details emerged that he may have picked up fares during the killing spree.
Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Office at Uber, said: “We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”
Dalton had also passed a background test, Uber’s spokesman added.

Cue all sorts of people screaming about how Uber’s background checks aren’t good enough.

But the fascinating bit is that he was picking up fares in between the shootings. Truly weird behaviour.

11 thoughts on “The mad taxi driver is a stock character”

  1. How weird and desperate is the anti-Uber campaign becoming?

    Licensed cabbies were/are deeply involved in the rape gangs oop North. And…er….so what?

  2. He could have been trying to establish an alibi

    Given Uber has his location data maybe he didn’t think it through….

  3. He is one of a group of non-obvious nutters that exist in this world.

    They always will exist and always have.

    They exist in every area of life.

    Some kick off–some don’t

    It is likely that taxi-driving attracts no more than any other area of life.

    Politics attracts the cowardly end of the problem. Those with grand and evil schemes but with much bigger ambitions and often those who want triggers pulled en masse but lack the balls to do so themselves.

    As said above …so what?.

    Nutters can’t all be tracked or countered other than by hitting back at the time. Trying to create a society that tracks nutters would play into hands of political scum-nutters who would be happy to create such tyranny while ensuring their own madness and oncoming evil would remain unobserved or noted let alone countered.

  4. Writing as an ex-taxi licensing board member, it’s not the job of the taxi control centre to do background checks, it’s the job of the taxi licensing authorities. Uber did all due process by having sight of the driver’s valid taxi license. And if this chap had no previous convictions, how do you predict he’s going to commit a crime in the future? Hiring PreCog is beyond our resources.

  5. “But the fascinating bit is that he was picking up fares in between the shootings. Truly weird behaviour.”

    Just ‘cos you’re as mad as a box of frogs doesn’t absolve you from the need to make a living – some things never go away.

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