DRUG BUST

Got to talking to an Uber driver on the ride home from nannying one night in 2016. He told me that he used to have a trucking company that delivered flowers. He started driving for Uber after his business was shut down by the government.

 

DRIVER

But, son of a gun, my business was twenty one years, you know? Very good business. And one day one Mexican guy, my driver,  he got caught with 21 kilo of cocaine at the Canadian border. That’s when the nightmare started.

[laughs]

 

COURTNEY

So, what happened?

 

DRIVER

Totally banned. Totally banned me. They didn’t say anything to me though. But they totally banned my company, I can’t even go to Canada. I’ve got a beautiful house there. Wife and kids can go there. I can’t go there. This company was mine and it was on my name.

 

COURTNEY

And you had no idea that…

 

DRIVER

Oh, I had no idea what he was doing. I thought he was a very loyal driver because he was with us almost, like, 13 ½, 14 years? But he was a very good man. You never know what’s going on. You know, I’m sitting in the office with other employees and you never know what the other guy’s doing in the truck. It’s tough sometimes. And he was so — bad luck for him too. Because he crossed the border, they gave him O.K. greenlight, so he went to Canada, he pull over after 4, 5 blocks from the border and, stupid guy, opened the cocaine bag and he starts snorting, sitting on the steering wheel. So they made this movie.

 

COURTNEY

So, wait.  How did they catch him?

 

DRIVER

They made this movie, they got everything, they’ve got cameras all over.

 

COURTNEY

Oh, I see. Wow.

 

DRIVER

They watch what people do when they cross the border.

 

[long silence]

 

I like night because there’s no traffic. Right now people aren’t really going out somewhere, most of them are Uber drivers, and most of the time there’s no traffic. This part is always traffic, so.

 

COURTNEY

Have you always been a night person?

 

DRIVER

I love night.

 

COURTNEY

Me too.