Having sex, being mean and puking: Things that will get riders banned from Uber

The ride-sharing company released its guidelines — basically the “Golden Rule” — on Thursday.

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MJ Slaby

It’s largely common sense: Don’t flirt with people who don’t want to be flirted with. Don’t damage things that aren’t yours. Don’t be rude.

But now, that behavior could get you banned from taking an Uber.

Yes. Banned.

On Thursday, the ride-sharing company released for the first time a list of what could get you banned from ever riding in an Uber again. If Uber learns that a rider did something ban-worthy, those riders will be contacted as part of an investigation, according to the company.

“Depending on the nature of the concern, we may put a hold on your account during our investigation. If the issues raised are serious or a repeat offense, or you refuse to cooperate, you may lose access to Uber,” according to the company. It’s basically the Golden Rule (and Uber acknowledged that in its announcement).

Here are the four ways you can get you banned:

  1. Damaging something that’s not yours. That includes the driver’s car, as well as items belonging to the driver and other riders. So don’t intentionally spill things, take phones that aren’t yours or smoke in the car. And if you and/or a friend have been drinking so much you’re going to be sick, find another way home, because drunken vomit counts as damage, too.
  2. Respect personal bubbles. Don’t touch the driver or other riders — including if you’re angry OR trying to flirt. Also, Uber points out multiple times in the announcement that it has a no sex rule. “As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what.”
  3. Don’t say or do rude things. That means no threats, no overly personal questions, and no tracking down your Uber driver on social media and sending unwanted messages.
  4. Don’t break the law or ask your driver to break the law. (Duh.)

It’s worth pointing out that Uber considers the person with the account that called the car to be responsible for the whole group, as well as anyone using the account. Also to use the ride-sharing app, riders have to agree to terms of use that include bans on firearms, discrimination and fraud.

But this isn’t a one way street, there are also ways Uber drivers can lose access too. Read them here.