Uber drivers expose the rise in illegal lockdown parties, nail treatments and steamy Tinder dates among their passengers – while public patience with marathon lockdown is rapidly waning
- Uber drivers say growing number of Sydneysiders are breaking lockdown rules
- Apple Maps data also supports these claims with more direction requests
- Rideshare employees say passengers go to secret parties and dates
- ‘White and privileged’ customers are the biggest culprits, say Uber drivers
Uber drivers have spilled the beans on Sydney’s growing number of lockdown rule breakers who are getting rideshare services across the city to attend secret parties and hook up with Tinder dates.
Sydneysiders are now entering their 14th grueling week under strict stay-at-home orders as coronavirus cases continue to rise at around 1,400 infections per day.
But in the past two weeks, rideshare employees say an increasing number of fed-up residents are starting to flaunt the health regulations, and that it’s mostly “white and privileged” people living in suburbs outside the worrying LGAs.
Uber drivers in Sydney say more and more people are breaking lockdown rules
“There are a few booty calls you pick up in the morning, and the occasional failed Tinder date. Then they try to be shy about what they’re doing, but it’s hard to be shy about what you’re doing when you’re holding a six-pack or a suitcase,” Glebe’s driver Graham McLaughlin told the newspaper. Sydney Morning Herald.
He said Friday nights in particular are much busier with young men going to their partner’s places to watch ‘the footy’ after they get tired of Netflix.
Women are also blatantly violating lockdown rules, with at-home hair cosmetics services becoming increasingly popular.
An Uber driver from the Shire in southern Sydney who asked to remain anonymous said she dropped off a woman who said she was “getting her nails done.”
One of the giveaways a passenger gets on an illegal Tinder date is when they aren’t sure of the address, drivers explained.
Amanda Honey, an Uber driver in western Sydney for six years, said another telltale sign is when a passenger immediately tries to “justify why they are going somewhere” after getting into the car.
The most common excuse is that they are going to meet their other friend in their designated “singles bubble”, which is allowed under the restrictions.
An increasing number of Sydneysiders are getting rideshare services all over the city to attend secret parties and connect with Tinder dates (stock image)
“They’ll all be fresh and clean, showered and shaved, and they’re unnecessarily offering what they’re doing or where they’re going because they’re concerned,” she said.
But some passengers are not at all concerned about what they are doing.
“I was driving with a plumber who lived near Bankstown last Friday and he said to me, what lockdown? He said, ‘I have a business to run and I’m willing to risk the fine, I’m just ignoring it completely’.”
Another alarming trend is that more customers are refusing to wear a mask, a legal requirement for access when they get into a shared car.
Wayne Newton, who lives in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA, which has even stricter regulations than the rest of Sydney, said last Thursday of his 10 fares that eight were not wearing face masks.
Another alarming trend is that more Uber customers are refusing to wear face masks, claiming they are exempt
Mr Newton said they claim they have a statewide health mandate waiver and there’s not much he can do to stop them.
Over the past two weeks, the number of people searching for directions through Apple Maps seems to confirm the Uber driver’s claims.
The eight-day average was 55.68 percent of normal, but rose to 60.22 percent in the week to Sept. 8, indicating more people are getting around in lockdown Sydney.
The NSW government will significantly ease restrictions on fully vaccinated individuals in mid-October, when Covid vaccination rates eclipse 70 percent for those over 16.