Florida Uber Driver Arrested for Refusing Ride to Blind Man, Service Dog

July 12, 2016

An Uber driver in Florida was arrested after deputies say he refused to transport a group of blind people and their service dogs.

According to news outlets, citing an arrest report, 60-year-old Simon Pierre Andre Nau was picking up Robert Stigile, who’s blind, and other blind people in Stigile’s group July 4 in Orlando.

Stigile says that when Nau showed up, he said, “I don’t take dogs.” Stigile explained the dogs were service animals and Nau allegedly replied “I don’t care.”

Stigile says he was standing in the open door frame and felt the car move forward, striking him.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nau on charges of failure to transport a blind person with a service dog and battery.

Deputies say Nau laughed about the incident as if he “didn’t fully understand that he had broken the law.” It’s unclear if Nau has an attorney.

Topics Florida Personal Auto Sharing Economy Ridesharing Uber

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