EDMOND, Okla. – An Oklahoma mother is warning other parents after her 12-year-old child was picked up by an Uber driver in the middle of the night.
“It was frightening that a driver would pick up a 12-year-old without an adult in the middle of the night and drive him somewhere without any parental consent,” said Michelle Seelig.
It was around 2:30 a.m. on Monday when the Uber ride was requested by the pre-teen, who wanted to go from his Edmond neighborhood to a location about seven miles away.
Seelig says she had no idea what her son had done until she was told by another parent.
“I took his phone, went through his phone and found out that he had taken an Uber at 2:30 in the morning to their house and charged it to my credit card,” said Seelig.
She says her son took her credit card information without her knowing, and is now warning other parents about the dangers.
“I want to get this story out there so other parents can be aware that this could happen and it might be easier than they think,” said Seelig.
NewsChannel 4 reached out to Uber, who said users are supposed to be 18-years-old to use the app. Once KFOR informed Uber of the boy’s age, the company said, “We have removed this account holder’s access to Uber.”
The company also says that it is the driver’s discretion on whether to continue the ride at pickup.
For Seelig, she plans to make technology more transparent in her home.
“Not have a password lock on their phones or other devices so that anytime you could randomly go in and check what they’re doing,” said Seelig.