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Most Uber rides are humdrum affairs, and some are—on rare occasion—terrifying and awful. Every once in a while, though, there’s a ride-hailing story that melts your heart. Such is the case with Onur, a deaf Uber driver based in London.
Onur hangs a note in his vehicle welcoming passengers and explaining that he is deaf. It asks passengers to either text him if they need to tell him something, or to use a notepad in the car to write things down and show him when the vehicle is stopped. It also says that passengers are welcome to play their own music, and if the bass is strong, he’ll be able to “hear” it, too.
Rider and Twitter user Rachel Hastings posted a photo of the note to Twitter, and now Onur is a veritable Twitter celebrity.
THIS WAS THE PUREST THING WE LOVE ONUR pic.twitter.com/YkWCXjQYAt
— lil ghost girl (@Iilghostgirl) April 17, 2018
Since sharing, a host of Twitter users have said that they want to ride in Onur’s Uber, including deaf artist Nyle DiMarco.
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) April 19, 2018
Others shared their experiences signing and riding with deaf Uber drivers.
I had deaf uber driver last night, and I told him I knew sign and we didn’t stop talking the whole ride 💛
— kat (@_katkouture) April 19, 2018
What area was this in? My friends and I had a deaf Uber in San Francisco and it was the sweetest thing ever. He was awesome
— noodles (@monicacecilia0) April 19, 2018
Onur, keep on shining. As for the rest of us, it’s a good reminder that knowing a few basics of sign language (phrases like “thank you”) can be a useful thing.
Christina Bonnington is a tech reporter who specializes in consumer gadgets, apps, and the trends shaping the technology industry. Her work has also appeared in Gizmodo, Wired, Refinery29, Slate, Bicycling, and Outside Magazine. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a background in electrical engineering.