Last week, an Instagram picture was getting shared and reposted as a warning to women in Los Angeles. The caption detailed a young woman’s story of a near-kidnapping by two men posing as Uber drivers.
PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES- I was just standing outside a Starbucks in Brentwood, where I was waiting for my uber when a large, beige car drove up to me and tried to get me to think they were my uber. There were two white men (age 20-30) in the driver (blonde hair) and passenger (brown hair) seat with an uber sign on their front window, but they were most definitely not uber drivers. When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn't answer me and said to get in the car. They didn't have the uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own. Protect yourself and never ever get in a car without checking that it's the correct car first!!! I was in too much haze of fear that I wasn't thinking straight enough to think to take a picture of the drivers or the license plate, but if you see a car like this PLEASE report it to the police and stop them from trying to pray on other young girls!!! We have already reported it to the police, but more information would be helpful in finding them. Be careful and look out for yourself/others!!!!
It’s a terrifying story, but one that we hear versions of so often that I didn’t even think to look at the name of the woman sharing. These things happen to all types of women, but as it turns out, this one had a slightly higher profile as she’s Kevin Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith. It almost seems callous to point out any sort of silver lining to an experience so horrible, but having celebrities spreading this story, and reminding other women to be vigilant like Harley Quinn was, can potentially save lives.
BE ALERT! Two white men in beige Jeep posed as @Uber and just tried to talk my kid into getting in their car outside Brentwood Starbucks.— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 31, 2016
The other bright side of this is that Kevin Smith was able to apologize for his entire gender in the best possible way possible. Because what kind of gift can you give a woman to make her feel better about living in a world where people drive around trying to trick and abduct you? How can you make that okay?
You can’t. But you can buy her cake.