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Comedian Rosie Jones left stranded by Uber driver who mistook her cerebral palsy for being drunk

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

Well-known comedian Rosie Jones was left stranded by an Uber driver who mistook her cerebral palsy disability for being drunk.

The 31-year-old comedian and actress was left upset by the experience and urged the private hire operator to ensure its drivers were aware of the difference between the two.

Jones, a stand-up comedian who has appeared on comedy panel shows such as Would I Lie to You?, The Last Leg and 8 our of 10 Cats Does Countdown, shared the experience on Twitter with over 160,000 of her followers.

Rosie Jones responded to a message from the ride-hail firm Uber which accused the comedian of not wearing a face cover or mask at the time of being picked up. Jones said: “Just received this message from Uber. I was wearing a mask and the driver drove away. I had a hand on the door and I was left in the road. He thought I was drunk. I wasn’t. I have cerebral palsy. Please make sure your drivers know the difference between the two. This is ableism.”

According to an Uber spokesperson said: "Everybody should feel safe and welcome when riding with Uber. The experience Rosie described is totally unacceptable and we offer our deepest apologies.

"As our Community Guidelines state, we have zero tolerance for any discrimination based on disability and we’ll be contacting the driver involved and carrying out a full investigation."


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