Portland Commissioner Who Wants to Defund the Police Calls Cops on Lyft Driver

Portland Commissioner Who Wants to Defund the Police Calls Cops on Lyft Driver

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty got into an argument with a Lyft driver which led to both her and the driver calling 911. Despite the frequent riots in Portland, Jo Ann Hardesty has been an advocate of defunding the police. She wanted to take $18 million from the Portland Police Department to “reinvest” elsewhere.

She has also accused the Portland Police of arson.

“I believe Portland Police [Bureau] is lying about the damage—or starting the fires themselves—so that they have justification for attacking community members.”

In other words, this is a woman who hates and undermines the police at every opportunity. Yet, when she was so difficult that her Lyft driver wanted to drop her off at a gas station to get away from her, she refused to get out of the car and ended up calling the police on him. Both of them made calls to 911.

In hers, Hardesty said,

“Well, I’ve got a Lyft driver that decided he would just drop me off at a filling station. Well, I’m not getting out of the car, in the dark, at a filling station, not happening. All because I asked him to put the window up. I’m not leaving. I am not going to allow him to leave me on the side of the road. I paid for a ride and he says he canceled it, so I’m just going to sit here until he sends me another ride.”

In case you are wondering, keeping the windows cracked is a COVID-19 related Lyft policy. Although the dispatcher explained to Hardesty that the driver wasn’t committing a crime, that she is sitting in the Lyft driver’s property, and that she, not the driver, would be the one to call Lyft, she insisted on having a police officer come out anyway. Meanwhile, the poor Lyft driver dealing with this nut had this to say in his 911 call,

“I’ve got a customer that I canceled the ride. I’m a rideshare driver and I canceled the ride, and I’ve taken her off the freeway to this filling station so that she can order another ride. I canceled the ride so she’s no longer involved or engaged with me. She’s refusing to get out of my car.”

The driver also added this when talking to the press,

‘I spent 40 years in the service business. ‘There’s always a few people, you cannot please them no matter what you do.’ He added that he felt the call ‘was so unnecessary … To argue and belittle and to treat me the way I felt she treated me was completely unnecessary.’

Hardesty sounds like a real treat to be around, but of course, the real irony here is that the same woman who wants to defund the police can’t even make it through a Lyft ride without calling the cops. Police are the worst, most horrible, terrible, no good people in the world, but who does she call when she badgers a regular person just trying to make a living to the point where they just want to get away from her? The police. What a hypocrite.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here, Twitter here, and his Facebook page is here.

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