Just because you are paying for the ride, doesn't mean you can do whatever you please. Uber updated its community guidelines to let misbehaving passengers know that using Uber cars has rules too, just like everything in life.
In its first set of rules, according to NY Daily News, Uber explicitly banned flirting in its cars, and disobeying customers could lose their accounts.
"(D)on't touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule.That's no sexual conduct between drivers and riders, no matter what," the guidelines said.
Uber spokeswoman, Rachel Holt, said in the company blog that the new set of guidelines is the "kind of behavior that they expect from both drivers and riders." The rider policy is derived from Uber's community guidelines, which are universal, but has been written specifically for the US market - hence references to "leaving your guns at home," News.com.au said.
In the statement about their policies, the company said that drivers show the respect that they deserve. But some passengers really just don't care at all, like leaving their trash in the car, throwing up in the backseat after too much alcohol or asking the driver to break the speed limit so they can get to their appointment on time.
However, it's not just the passengers, but Uber's drivers also sometimes really just go beyond the line. The ride-share watchdog, "Who's Driving You?" listed more than 50 instances this year of alleged sexual assault from Uber drivers.
The National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a two-year study, and found that Uber drivers discriminate against black customers. The study also said that women have to pay extra for "chatty" drivers who drag out their rides. Uber is yet to release any new oversight of drivers to prevent assaults.