When Arsenio Hall shared on Twitter that his Uber driver probably smoked a bit of weed and Uber asked him to identify the miscreant, Hall declined their request and kept the Uber driver’s identity safe.
When literally anyone with a new(ish) car and a driver’s license can be certified as an Uber driver, you’re going to come across a couple of drivers who have an *ahem* alternative lifestyle. Late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall found this fact out for himself when he hopped into an Uber car earlier Thursday and smelled a particular odor emanating from the interior.
Either the driver or a previous passenger enjoyed a bit of marijuana before Arsenio entered and the lingering smell caught his attention right away. After tweeting about his experience, someone from Uber promptly tweeted back demanding that the miscreant driver be handed over. Arsenio was having none of that. Check out the exchange on twitter below.
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As the tweets above attest to, rather than turning his driver in, he let the driver go like the kind human being that he is.
Although driving impaired by any substance is never ok, there is a significant difference in statistics in drivers who test positive for marijuana and those who tested positive for alcohol. In fact, according to the NHTSA, there’s little difference between those driving high and those who hadn’t used any drugs or alcohol at all.
Despite this fact, we’re sure that any Uber driver would be cut off if proof was provided that recreational drug use was impairing an Uber passenger’s experience.
As for Arsenio Hall, it was his prerogative to turn someone in or not and he chose not to.