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UBER-DEAD: Chicagoland Uber driver meets Jesus & family sues Walmart, not Uber

June 29, 2017

Uber Dead.  Photo from rideordriveuber.com 

Don't invite the man into your life, home or car.  The same goes for crazy, I've learned through the school of hard knocks.  But for Uber drivers, not only does Uber demand them to leave their Roscoe at home, but they can't keep crazy out of the passenger seat.

An Uber driver in Chicagoland learned that fateful lesson after a 3am fare hacked him to death.  Now the dead driver's family filed a lawsuit not against Uber, but against Walmart.   Because, you know, Walmart shouldn't have let the woman steal a machete and knife at oh-dark-thirty which she then used to perform thoracic surgery on a Mr. Uber as he drove his car.

Here's the original story from the Chicago Tribune:

A teenage girl from Chicago who has been charged with killing an Uber driver randomly attacked the man with a knife and a machete that she had just stolen from Walmart, authorities say.

Eliza Wasni, 16, kept her eyes mostly to the floor Wednesday afternoon as a Cook County judge ordered her held without bail in the killing of Grant Nelson of Wilmette — an act prosecutors called "heinous" and "not provoked in any manner."

Prosecutors said Nelson, 34, had picked up Wasni early Tuesday a few blocks from a Walmart in Skokie and, minutes into the ride, near the corner of Touhy and Lincoln avenues in Lincolnwood, she began stabbing him.

He managed to pull over his Hyundai and run to a nearby condominium building lobby, where he pushed buzzers and yelled, "Help me, help me. I'm going to die," Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Cunningham said.

We just covered Walmart's new signage announcing that they now "apprehend" shoplifters.  The old signage warned that Wally would prosecute thieves.  Apprehension failed for the 16-year-old woman who literally walked right past two Walmart employees or security people on her way out carrying the "weapons" at 3am, according to the latest story in Chicago Tribune.

Photo via Chicago Tribune

The family of an Uber driver who was hacked to death while on the job has sued Walmart, where authorities said the driver's teenage attacker stole weapons — a machete and knife — moments before the killing.

Grant Nelson's family filed suit in Cook County court Monday against Walmart and two companies that handled security for the retailer's Skokie store. Authorities allege that 16-year-old Eliza Wasni stole the machete and the knife from a Walmart about 3 a.m. May 30, then got into Nelson's car and hacked and stabbed him to death moments into the ride.

The wrongful death lawsuit said Walmart's security contractors were negligent because they failed to stop Wasni, question her or ask her to show a receipt as she allegedly left the store carrying the weapons.

According to the lawsuit, two Walmart employees or contractors were standing immediately in front of the door as Wasni exited, passing within feet of them.

…"We feel strongly that Walmart had an obligation to stop this young person at 3 in the morning who had been walking around in their store with an 18-inch machete and 5-inch hunting knife and didn't purchase them and … no one did anything to stop her," Bingle said.

The family completely omits the Uber service from blame in the lawsuit.  Then again, their dead relative did little to protect himself from lunatic fares.  That's a risk one takes when they sign up to be an unarmed Uber driver.  Some might say that's Uber-stupid.


5 Responses to UBER-DEAD: Chicagoland Uber driver meets Jesus & family sues Walmart, not Uber

  1. Matt on June 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    This article seems to be blaming the victim for being killed. While suing Walmart seems like a grasp at straws, blaming the driver for being unarmed per company policy is ghastly.

  2. Richard P. on June 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Nobody wants to take responsibility for anything.  You pick up a fare as an Uber driver at 3am and the person has a machete?  Hell-O!  Is that like a big fuckin' clue?  That's one fare he should have blown off.

    Blaming Walmart for that crazy bitch is just plain insane.  Unless you're a lawyer wanting some "go away" money from deep pockets at WM.

  3. johnjohn on June 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Perhaps Uber drivers should consider using prisoner transport vans instead of conventional cars to keep the driver isolated from an attack from behind…..even if this "bad actress" had only a 5 inch knife, the driver would have been vulnerable from an attack as he is watching the road and not the person or persons sitting in the back seat of his car…..chances are if he was carrying concealed he would have suffered fatal stab wounds before he could draw his weapon. 

    • Doc L on July 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Maybe, but if driver was armed, we wouldnt have to worry about a trial. I wonder how many uber drivers carry, despite company rules.

  4. Nick on July 15, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Fuck you, you human pieces of garbage! To the author: you are big and bad with your "weapon" but can't even attach your name to this article. Fuck you, pussy! You too will meet Jesus one day.