There’s no way to downplay the significance of situational awareness. This is the lesson 25-year-old Caroline Burt understands now. Burt was live-streaming for her Twitch followers while she was waiting for an Uber. When a random car pulled up where she was, she got in. It all seemed normal enough. But there was one big problem.
This was not the Uber she had been waiting for. To her credit, the car was parked where she expected her Uber to be. She even asked the driver if he was looking for Caroline. He said yes, so she got in.
“I was streaming on Twitch and I was getting an Uber home to my boyfriend’s,” Burt told Unilad.
“My Uber was literally parked right next to the car I got into. I asked the man if he was for Caroline and he said yes. So I got in the car, acted as if it was an Uber.”
“He started asking questions. I thought he was making small talk like some Ubers do. A lot of Ubers ask me about my stream and some do not like being on it so I thought it was normal when he was asking me to turn my stream off.”
That’s when her actual driver, still looking for her, gave her a call.
“Are you an Uber?” Burt asked the man driving the car she was in.
“Oh my god, pull over,” she said.
“I think he was scared because he knew I was recording and he acted accordingly because I also started to try to open the car door while the car was moving and I jumped out.”
“I couldn’t believe what had just happened to me. All I remember is looking at my Twitch chat and my whole entire chat being like ‘did that really just happen?’”
“I think he thought I was an innocent lost tourist he could maybe get it on with. Or maybe he did have good intentions, but I really don’t think so because why else would he be asking me to turn my camera off. It was very scary.”
“I felt scared. I felt like what was this creep of a man’s intentions picking up a random girl on the Blvd.”
“I was panicked as soon as he said he wasn’t an Uber driver and my first thought was ‘is this man going to let me out of his car? Am I taken forever?’ I immediately looked for the door handle and lock. I just went into panic mode.”
After the story gained traction, some of the viewers said that the man must have thought Burt was a prostitute.
“I was for certain not dressed like a prostitute,” she replied. “I had a fanny pack on with all my Twitch streaming equipment in it which made me look like a tourist.”
“I had baggy jeans on because I was out doing IRL and need to wear comfortable wear when I do very long streams.”
Just what the man intended remains a mystery. Could it be that the livestream was what saved her?