Why a Lyft Driver Dropped Off a Pilot in a Trader Joe’s Parking Lot

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Imagine ordering a Lyft to Los Angeles International Airport and being dropped off 7 miles away in a Trader Joe’s parking lot instead because the driver claims he won’t be paid that much for that ride. That’s what happened to one Lyft passenger, who is an airline pilot on his way to work last week.

The Lyft driver who was picking up the passenger was coming from LAX, and when he realized that his next pick-up was back to the airport, he wasn’t too pleased, as he claims that he only made $6 from his last ride, and it wouldn’t be worth it for him.

A better solution would have been for the driver to cancel the ride, however he picked up the passenger, drove him partially way there and then abandoned him in a parking lot, where the passenger was forced to get a new ride to the airport, causing him to be late for the flight.


A man who ordered a Lyft to take him to Los Angeles International Airport this week was dropped off at a random parking lot instead after the driver realized how little money he would be making on the trip, according to a video recording of the incident.

Darryl, a pilot for a major airline who didn’t want his last name used or his employer identified, was headed to LAX on Thursday morning for work when the incident took place.

It wasn’t until they got to Sepulveda Boulevard that the driver started talking about how little he was making on that ride, telling Darryl that he wanted to drop him off in the Trader Joe’s parking lot in Hermosa Beach, which is about 7 miles from LAX.

The driver responds that he has the right to refuse service; but then, he reveals the real reason he wants to abandon the ride – he’ll only make $6 for what would end up being about an hour’s worth of driving.

He hoped for an apology, but instead, Darryl said, he received just a “standard” form letter from Lyft assuring him the matter would be taken very seriously and that he would never be paired up with that driver again.

Have you ever had a Lyft or Uber driver refuse to take you to your destination? Feel free to share your comments below. 

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  1. Lyft likes to hold its drivers hostage with incentives and payments based on their acceptance and cancellation rate. If you don’t like this kind of nonsense, I’d recommend using Uber, which is more driver-friendly.

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