An Uber driver who was handcuffed to the steering wheel of her car during a robbery on the Gold Coast says she won’t be driving for the ride sharing service again.
The woman, 39, suffered minor bruising after being briefly handcuffed by a man wearing a mask and brandishing a knife on Saturday night.
Police say the man got into the woman’s car around 8.45pm in the Gold Coast suburb of Biggera Waters, ordering her to drive to the nearby Harbour Town shopping centre.
On the way he got her to stop the car and ordered her to hand over money.
After being given a small amount of cash, the man then handcuffed the woman to the steering wheel as he began to search for more money.
Not finding any he then removed the handcuffs and demanded she drive to Labrador.
He then jumped out of the vehicle and was last seen walking through a playground near the Broadwater.
The woman, who only wanted to be known as Mel, said she had only been driving for Uber for four days and won’t be doing it anymore.
“I want girls to know they shouldn’t be out there Uber driving that late,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“Maybe try Shebah and even men, as well, should be careful,” she said, referring to the ride-sharing service for women.
She said the man stole $10 she kept in a sunglass compartment in the car and some coins.
Uber said the man had not used their app to organise a fare with the driver but they would assist police if needed to help locate the thief.
The man is described as a Caucasian in his early 20s with a fair complexion.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the suburbs mentioned to contact them.