Uber driver pretends to be female passenger's boyfriend to protect from harasser

The world can be a scary place, but sometimes stories make you remember there are everyday heroes in the most unlikely of places. 

A US Uber driver has shared the moment he was forced to step in, to help a woman get away from a creepy guy who wouldn't leave her alone. 

In a Facebook post last week, Brandon Gale recounted he received a strange request from a passenger during a routine Uber run. 

"The rider sent me a message via the app, 'When you get here, can you pretend to be my boyfriend'?", he wrote.  

When he asked what she meant, she added, "I just need you to act like you know me, and that you're not my Uber driver".

Although confused, Gale gamely removed the rideshare stickers from his window and hid his wedding ring out of sight. 

"When I got there, I had my window rolled down. A man and a woman were in the front yard, talking," Gale wrote. 

"The woman looked over and yelled, 'Hi, Babe! I'll be right there!' I didn't want to leave her hanging, so I shouted back, 'Awesome because I'm starving!'" 

"I waved at the guy. He half-assedly waved back." 

Once the woman was in the car, she explained her strange behaviour. 

The woman says the man was in a group of friends she'd been out with, and had been "acting very forward with her and wouldn't take no for an answer". 

The passenger said the man also had a history of being aggressive. 

"She thought that she could leave him behind by heading to her car, but he followed her, claiming to be a gentleman. Before they got to her car, she claimed to have lost her keys. He offered to give her a ride, and that's when she decided to call her 'boyfriend'."

While the story had a happy ending, Gale says it "should never have had to happen". 

"Men, learn to accept the word 'no' as a response. Learn to take responsibility for your actions. Our sons are watching you and they're learning how to treat the women in their lives by example. Lead by a better one.

"Ladies, if you have the Uber or Lyft app, and you need an exit strategy, use the messaging system within the app. You can make special requests that could possibly save your life."

The post has racked up over 1000 shares and nearly 1500 likes on Facebook.