Don't use your real name on the Internet
So anyway I, [real name, birthday], was at [employer] and let me tell you all about my [ass backwards ideas] about [group]
1992 - Don’t talk to strangers.
- Don’t get in a strangers car.
- Don’t talk to people on the internet.
2021 - Literally summon strangers from the internet with intent to get into their car.
@Full_node I will never get used to this. I mean, I've gotten into plenty of strangers' cars, but rideshares...
during the 90s rave era, complete strangers used to get into others cars all the time to get lifts to raves; despite about 60% of the drivers not having all the required paperwork (such as full driving licences, or insurance) and about 90% of them not even being sober; surprisingly little bad stuff happened (this was of course in the days before ANPR cameras and on board computers, and probably a big reason /why/ these things got deployed fairly soon after)
UK used to be like that and even in London, Scotland Yard were overwhelmed with other crimes, but Cleartone Electronics in Wales, working alongside ARM upgraded existing Police radio control units to handle telemetry for sirens/blue lights, GPS, CCTV and ANPR.
as for hitch-hiking, as a single man I'd be wary of picking up a younger person for fear of safeguarding issues (are they <18? have they run away from home?) and/or risk of false allegations, alas...
it seems that as comparatively recently as 30 years ago; people in meatspace trusted each other a lot more.. even a rideshare app is just a taxicab app with slightly less regulation (although in some countries Uber/Lyft are only allowed to operate *if* they comply to same regulations existing taxicab services work with which usually require a background check on the driver as well as assessing their safety on the roads...)
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