Seriously, beer is on me in Chicago if you are here!
So who ever said that metal kids can't be heroic, bad ass, and just plain cool about shit? Well, it seems that Drew Gage, formerly of the band Hatriot, has proven he is all of those traits, and then some! This may actually serve as a great deal of positivity towards Lyft, and other ride-sharing services (who themselves are constantly under fire by outdated taxi companies trying to bully the newcomers out of a changing game), but most importantly it is a story of great compassion, bravery, and general bad-assery.
It isn't your average guitarist who will go above and beyond his job description of Lyft driver, to come to the aid of a blood-curdling scream of an older woman in trouble. This is exactly what happened however when Drew Gage reacted in a heartbeat to a screaming woman, who was amidst getting her purse stolen. Gage ran after the thieves, got his foot run over, faced potential gunpoint, did some very metal strangling, and well, why don't I just let HIM tell the story!
Just had the craziest Lyft experience I've experienced since giving my first ride November 10th of last year. I saw a woman get robbed from inside my car, chased down the 4 hoodrats who robbed her, got inside their car, got her purse back, and got my foot ran over.
I was parked on Union and Jones in front of a driveway waiting for a request. An older woman was walking up the hill on Union closely followed by 4 girls around 18-22, who were walking so close to her I actually thought they were all together. 5 seconds later I heard screams, and looked to see the 4 girls sprinting down the hill holding her purse, while the woman ran after squirting blood on the sidewalk.
I floored it, drove up to cut them off at the next block and they hopped around my car. I threw my wallet inside my car, got out with just my keys so I could run, and sprinted full speed after them. They got into their car and I held the rear passenger door open and got halfway inside.
I grabbed one of the girls in the back by her sweatshirt, and yelled at the top of my lungs, "GIVE ME THAT FUCKING BAG." The driver yelled, "I HAVE A GUN." I looked around and saw one girl holding a pair of scissors and another holding a key, and yelled back, "SHOW IT TO ME." With one girl's sweatshirt in my left hand, I grabbed shotgun's neck of her sweatshirt and pulled back against the seat so she couldn't move. The car started moving, and they ran over my left foot. I yelled one more time, "IS THIS WORTH IT? GIVE ME THE BAG!" I saw the bag in the driver's lap as she was trying to grab the lady's purse.
I let go of shotgun, grabbed the purse before she could take the wallet out. By this time, all of the neighbors had come out as well as a PG&E team working on the street, all got pictures of the girls and the car. 3 of the girls bolted in opposite directions, one drove the car off, cops and ambulance came, and we found out the car was stolen. And found out Mary-Rae got the purse in London years ago, and that it was worth over $1,000. I hugged her, and she told me was going to use Lyft for the rest of her life.
I really need a beer.
I mean if that isn't the coolest story this side of the Mississippi, then I don't know what is! It reminds me of when a very, VERY brave Matthew Leone (Madina Lake bassist) intervened as another musical good samaritan to help a woman in Chicago who was being beaten and choked by a cowardly boyfriend. Sadly the Madina Lake bassist received a much worse outcome than Gage, as he was beaten nearly to the brink of death, being left in the streets unconscious- thankfully saved by urgent medical care. Don't worry however, Leone has fully recovered, and is back in action! Justin Pivec however... got off the hook with a shocking "not guilty". Madina Lake has since sued him, so let's hope for the best on that.
So to all of you musical great souls out there, keep up the brotherhood, and keep standing up for what's right. It's true that no matter what kind of music you play, even if it's heavy and dark, your soul is often brighter than most!
Check out this interview with Gage himself: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/06/lyft-driver-jumps-into-action-after-woman-attacked-robbed-by-group-of-suspects-in-san-francisco/