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Portland Police arrest woman after she bragged about road rage assault online

Posted by on September 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Chrissy Shoaff mugshot.

Roadway assaults between motor vehicle operators and people on bikes and foot happen all the time. They usually don’t end well. This one did. At least for the victim.

On August 27th, Portland resident Paul Jeffery and his friends were trying to cross SE Division near 48th when he was assaulted by a woman driving a car. Jeffery says that about mid-way across the street the woman, “swerved around me close enough that my hand come into contact with the passenger side mirror.”

After that close call he says the woman — who is employed by Uber — turned around and approached him. The two had a heated back-and-forth about what happened and then, Jeffery says, the woman accosted him. She walked up to him, yelled loudly, then tore the $400 prescription glasses off his face, crushed them to pieces, threw them into the street, got back in her car and drove away (despite Jeffery and his friends sitting on her hood to prevent her from leaving).

Paul Jeffery.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Jeffery, who goes by “PJ”, happens to be a citizen activist (we published a ride-along with him in 2012) who helped lead the community response to the death of Fallon Smart and spoke at a neighborhood panel on road safety earlier this week. Smart is the 15-year-old who was brutally run down and killed just a few blocks away by a man who was going twice the speed limit.

Given that, you can imagine how heated his words were with this woman whose dangerous driving nearly cost him his life. However, while Jeffery doesn’t deny using strong language during the exchange, he contends that unlike the woman in the car, he never got physical. He also denies causing any damage to the woman’s car, despite her assertions otherwise.

After the incident Jeffery immediately call the Portland Police and a few minutes later gave his statement to Officer David Arnold.

The next morning Jeffery emailed Uber to report their driver. He also shared several photos with them to serve as evidence of his story (a portrait of the driver, her Uber decal, the lack of damage to her mirror, and his broken glasses).


“I will be pressing charges against her,” he wrote, “and I require your cooperation to discover her name, and to remove her from your list of drivers.” (The police officer couldn’t immediately find the driver’s name because her car had temporary tags.)

Jeffery wanted to make sure the woman never drove for Uber again (or drove anywhere for that matter, “until she understands how dangerous her behavior is”). He also wanted to be compensated for his wrecked glasses.

Meanwhile, Jeffery posted about the incident on Twitter (he uses the platform frequently). He shared photos of the woman and asked the community to help him find her. Sure enough, a few hours after posting the information, Jeffery connected with someone who found the woman’s Facebook.

Her name is Chrissy Shoaff and she boasted about the incident to her friends.

“I ripped an old man’s glasses in half today,” she wrote. “I bet he didn’t see it coming.”

Here are the screenshots:

With her identity known, Jeffery grabbed screenshots of her Facebook account and sent them to Officer Arnold.

“He was really thankful [for the screenshots],” Jeffery shared with us via email. It was a strong lead. Officer Arnold then met with Jeffery one more time to talk about the case and collect the broken glasses as evidence.

After meeting with Jeffery (now eight days after the incident), Officer Arnold arrested Shoaff. She was charged with Criminal Mischief and Harassment.

Jeffery is now awaiting a court date. He plans to testify and feels confident that his case is strong. And Shoaff will have to pay for his glasses through the victim compensation program.

Shoaff, who bragged on Facebook that Jeffery “didn’t see that coming” before assaulting him, has taken her page down.

Jeffery says it’s a lesson that bragging about illegal behavior on the Internet is not a good idea. “And I bet she didn’t see this arrest coming,” he added.

UPDATE, 4:50pm: We’ve been contacted by Jon Isaacs, Uber’s public affairs manager for Oregon. He says Shoaff was immediately suspended and is permanently banned from driving for Uber.

Here’s his statement:

I want to clarify that Ms. Shoaff was not an employee of Uber. She is an independent Uber Driver-Partner. Driver-partners are not employees of Uber.

As soon as we received the incident report Ms. Shoaff was immediately suspended from accessing the Uber platform. She has since been permanently banned from driving on the Uber platform.

Driver, rider and pedestrian safety continue to be our top priority when supporting Uber driver-partners. We have a zero tolerance policy for any reckless or dangerous actions by drivers or riders.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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  • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’m mormon. TIL.

    They thought it was me because I retweeted PJ’s picture of her.

    It’s notable that Uber was entirely unhelpful- she was driving for them.

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    • Josh Chernoff September 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      If she was on the job I bet they are partly liable and in that case they would not be willing to help in their own conviction. Hints why some may plead the fifth.

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      • Paul in the 'Couve September 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

        The way Uber attempts to structure things, drivers are only actually “working for Uber” when they actually have a fare in the car and logged on the app. I hope that is weak in court, but that is when their insurance kicks in and when they consider the “contractor” to be working.

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        • Pete September 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

          I hope the “contractor” arguments are also weak after the same drivers are working for Uber for over a year or more. The IRS interprets things differently when it comes to multi-year 1099 forms with payments from the same corporation.

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        • Ray September 12, 2016 at 12:17 am

          An uber employee is someone like the person that does pr for uber.. Gets a paycheck and can claim unemployment when fired .. A driver partner is just an independent contractor that can be disposed of immediately… Technically not an employee

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    • maxadders September 11, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Uber has proven time and time again to be a negative force in our transportation industry– to customers, employees and innocent bystanders alike. I wonder why that is? Oh yeah: they hired Hales and Novick’s lobbyist, Mark Wiener, to represent them in closed-door meetings with city council before magically getting the green light to operate in Portland.

      Every time I hear the phrase “Sharing Economy”, I cringe.

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      • Greg Spencer September 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

        I don’t like the lack of accountability. However, the Uber drivers I’ve met have all said it’s a flexible way to make a few extra bucks. In the larger perspective, Uber is one service/asset of many (e.g. Trimet, grocery delivery service, the city’s cycling amenities) that enable people like myself to live here without owning a car.

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      • JTR September 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        You are joking right? Before Lyft and Uber, for-hire transportation in PDX was a complete joke. It is very user friendly now, which is a great thing.

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        • 9watts September 16, 2016 at 8:34 am

          The plural of anecdote is not data.

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  • Allan Rudwick September 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    interesting conclusion to the twitter conversation. Glad to see some resolution

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  • Adam H.
    Adam H. September 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    This person sounds like a sociopath. Also, PJ is definitely not an “old man”. 😉

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  • Anne Hawley
    Anne Hawley September 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    PJ? An old man? I don’t use Uber much, but damn, I hope I never get a driver with the attitude this one has.

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    • I wear many hats September 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I’m terrified of riding in Uber or Lyft. Why would I trust a complete stranger to perform the most dangerous aspect of my day to day life? Its insane. Cab drivers have medallions, and they are discouraged from wrecking into stuff. Hire a cab or walk.
      ps. super stoked that they caught this lunatic

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      • Spiffy September 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

        cab drivers are no better, they just have easier accountability… I can’t remember the last time a stranger (or most of my friends) drove me anywhere without breaking a law…

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        • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

          Agree, cabs aren’t really better. It says something about cab companies when a company as notorious as Uber is considered an appealing alternative.

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          • 9watts September 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

            by whom?

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            • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

              All of Uber’s customers. See desire path.

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              • 9watts September 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

                Ah, but what if the choice of Uber is in some unknown number of cases an unpreferred preference?
                See David George, Preference Pollution

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              • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

                Why would people spend effort to switch to Uber? There’s friction, even if it’s low: installing the app, linking credit card. (if those were frictionless, all my startup friends would be in heaven)

                I’ll put that book in my queue.

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              • 9watts September 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

                I have no idea why some people take up with Uber, but plenty of people take up smoking, and there is (I am told) quite a lot of what you call friction involved in that, too.

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        • Craig September 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm

          Which is why they are better.

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      • Pete September 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        My wife’s friend arranged an Uber ride for her after they were out having dinner and drinks. The driver stopped the car mid-way during the ride and got into the back seat with her and tried to sexually assault her. She may have been inebriated, but she’s also 6’2″ and physically quite strong and was able to get away and go into a nearby convenience store while she called my neighbor to come pick her up (I was overseas on biz). I know you could argue that a taxi driver could have done the same (and I have a female friend who had similar experiences traveling in South America), but most cabs I ride in these days are equipped with video equipment.

        Needless to say we don’t use those services.

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        • was carless September 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

          Well, I had a Yellow Cab taxi hit and run and threaten to kill me after he brandished a gun in NW Portland, but anecdotes are just that, aren’t they?

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          • Pete September 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

            Which is why I ride with video equipment.

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        • wsbob September 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

          Both taxi companies and the uber-lyft type rides for hire, need to look very closely at their screening process for getting people with integrity to drive for them. It seems a lot of taxi companies, though they been in the biz for a long time, have let themselves get dowdy, sloppy in their customer service, out of fashion…and generally left behind in the ride for hire business.

          Uber and Lyft are the hip new thing, and so those services have a lot of people rooting for them, even though they’re not necessarily better overall at providing good drivers than are the taxi companies. Somehow, apparently Uber managed to find that this Chrissy Shoaff person, fit the companies’ criteria for a competent, person of integrity, to drive for them: How did that happen?

          That’s the kind of question I’d imagine at least some Uber management personnel may be asking themselves. The company did damage control, promptly dumping Shoaff after she made a big public scene…but that’s not really enough. Much better to have some means in place to know in advance of hiring, if the person looks likely to be unstable and susceptible to emotional and physical outbursts, possibly of a violent nature, as this incident was.

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      • bjorn September 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm

        I had a broadway cab that was turning around in my driveway take out my retaining wall. They were just as unhelpful in dealing with getting it fixed and the cab driver fled the scene. Cab companies are absolutely no better than UBER about accountablility.

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      • dan September 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

        What the rating system is for. Im a uber driver, and a cyclist, and i do uber pedal to help riders that have drank to much get home safe, and stillb e able to get their bike home as well. I was a fed ex driver for years, and in 15 years ive never had a ticket, ive never had a wreck, heck not even a parking ticket, and i have driven downtown almost every day of my life for those 15 years. Many of the cab drivers i meet are rude, throw shit at our cars, and try to run us off the road. They block us in places. Most have come to accept it. And that cab driver is still just a stranger that paid for a medalion, they did nothing special to earn it other than pay out the rectum for it. The bus driver your ride with is a stranger, the barista at starbucks is a stranger who made your drink and could of spit in it for all you know. If your so afraid of strangers, i suggest ordering stuff online 😉

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      • Ozman September 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm

        Nope, cabs are horrible, and have been for decades. If I want to pay for a ride, I’ll go with Uber or Lyft. I’ve had great experiences so far.

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      • Charles mercuri October 7, 2016 at 2:30 am

        You gotta be joking? The cab drivers in this town are beyond rude and do whatever pleases them.
        I can’t even believe that people are making a “big deal” about Uber saying that their drivers are not employees… Try having any difficulty with any driver of an established cab company any YOU WILL GET THE SAME RESPONSE FROM THE CAB CO. THAT UBER GIVES.
        I know, I had difficulties as a disabled person and every time their was a issue I was told that their drivers are “independent” and can accept or deny service to whom they please.
        I have NEVER had any difficulty with Uber as a disabled person, quite the contrary. Since both Uber and established co. drivers claim they are independent (supported in this by their companies) I’LL TAKE UBER EVERY TIME. First they are cheaper by half! Second, the drivers I have met are polite and very helpful; try asking an established cab driver to drive you, wait, and then drive you back. ONCE I WAS GOING TO PICK UL MY SCRIPS AT MY PHARMACY, REQUESTING A WAIT & RSTURN AND WAS TOLD BY THE DRIVER THAT IF I WAS “SICK” (he was referring to my disability) I SHOULD GO TO THE ER!!!
        Do I really have to go on with a third, forth, fifth reason? My dear, these drivers are veted in the same manner as a cab driver… Do you really know who the cab driver is? Does his company? Anyone can lie to get a job and cab driving is notorious for hiring anyone that can pass a commercial driving test…in this country that means just about anyone. It’s not like London where the drivers must go through about 2 yrs. of internship and memorize like every street, avenue and ally way in that vast vast city.
        There are going to be a bad apple or two but as for Uber, I say BRAVO to their quick PUBLIC response. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT A CAB CO. WOULD. PUBLICALLY MAKE ANY STATEMENT? Their customer service dept. barely answer the phone and NEVER returns promised calls. Right arm to Uber! As far as I can determine, they are putting extra cash in the hands of folks who can definetly use it. Who can live off an American paycheck? Driving for Uber shows initiative and a willingness to WORK through these difficult times.
        Take your “badged” driver all you want but please do not GENERALIZE, which we all know is an easy way out to any truthful real discussion.

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    • jeff September 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      those drivers are some of the worst on the roads from what I’ve seen. typically lost, driving erratically, typically new to the area, looking for whomever just contacted them. they’ll never get my business. I mean, who the hell ever thought it was good idea to take rides from strangers?

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty September 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        I only go if they offer me candy and tell me there’s a puppy in the back.

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  • BikeSlobPDX September 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    “Jeffery says it’s a lesson that bragging about illegal behavior on the Internet is not a good idea.”

    Too bad it’s not a lesson that assaulting pedestrians with your car is not a good idea.

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. September 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      No, because assaulting pedestrians with your car is totally legal and the cops won’t stop you…

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  • rachel b September 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Ah. The nonjudgmental, unconditional, loving support of good friends when you do something really really rotten. And brag about it on FB.

    What a satisfying outcome. For once!

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  • Josh Chernoff September 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    BOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!! hot dam this made my day!

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  • Eric Leifsdad September 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks PJ, sorry you had to go through this. I hope we can find some way to get drivers under control that doesn’t cost a pair of $400 glasses and all this drama per each. How about some of those $300 fillable jersey barriers PBOT? Children need clear boundaries, especially if we’re going to let them drive cars.

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  • bikeninja September 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I think it is about time that the legal wall separating Uber from its drivers is broken down so they can be held accountable for “employeing” psychos to interact with the public and careen down the road in death machines assalting pedestrians

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  • jaronheard September 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    “who is employed by Uber” should be “who drives for Uber” or something. Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees, so saying that this woman was employed by Uber is not technically correct unless she has a role for the company other than as a driver.

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    • BB September 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Legalese BS. She represents their brand and they should be held partly liable for her actions.

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      • jeff September 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        her actions? did she have a paying passenger with her in the car? should your employer be held liable for your actions in your car after work hours?

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    • Jason Skelton September 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      That is Uber’s position of course. It is not technically anything until a jury or judge decides the issue.

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  • Tom Hardy September 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Kudos PJ. Good thing that you had the phone handy.

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  • Jayson September 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    So the lesson here is if you are a pedestrian victim of a road rage incident and battery and the perpetrator confesses with photos and texts on social media, the police will do something for you?

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    • Work Account September 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      At least maybe.

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  • stephenomist September 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    She’s obviously unhinged & will likely have to replace PJ’s glasses. Instead of suing her for add’l $ to cover pain & suffering or to impose punitive costs (which would prob’ly be tough to recover), PJ might offer an idea to educate those like her for the judge to impose as a sentence.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Why not both?

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  • Planenut September 9, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t condone Shoaffs behavior, it’s never ok to do what she did, but I am curious if Jeffery was crossing the street legally?

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    • John Lascurettes September 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Wouldn’t matter even if he wasn’t. She clearly saw him. It was a deliberate act.

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      • Planenut September 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

        How do you know she clearly saw him? Like I,said what she did is not right. I am curious because I see lots of people crossing streets between blocks, sometimes trying to beat traffic, just looking to complete the scenario.

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        • John Lascurettes September 11, 2016 at 8:16 pm

          You’re doing back bends to victim blame here.
          A) she deliberately swerved at him
          B) it was reported that he was in a legal unmarked crosswalk a couple of comments after this.

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    • Gabriel Amadeus Tiller September 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      I was crossing the street with him: yes. Unmarked crosswalk near a construction zones that literally had reflective cones (it was after dark) directing pedestrians to cross the street there.

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    • Spiffy September 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      if you can make it almost half way across the street before the car gets to you then the driver had plenty of time to stop…

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    • jeff September 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I think the actual assault was the problem here. not what precipitated it. She could have easily stayed in her vehicle…

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  • kiel johnson
    kiel johnson September 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    He might have seen it coming but probably not afterwards because she broke that old man’s glasses! Can’t wait to hear what happens, this story made my day! Congrats on finding her PJ.

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  • Andy September 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Perhaps Commissioner Novick could make another statement about personal responsibility. I’m sure this woman would be strongly influenced.

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  • Spiffy September 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    she better also be charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian because that’s the charge that will stop her from driving for uber… any traffic citation will help cut down on her time behind the wheel…

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  • J_R September 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Why not charges of assault and failure to perform duties of a driver for leaving the scene?

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    • BB September 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Curious about that as well. Despite everything in this situation it seems that the police still exhibit a heavy bias in favor of the person operating the motor vehicle.

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  • GlowBoy September 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Wow. That’s some crazy-ass behavior, including the online bragging afterward.

    This woman deserves jail time, both as a consequence as an warning to others. Maybe there’s even strong enough evidence that she won’t be able to plead her way out of it.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      I would prefer license revocation to jail time.

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      • BB September 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        If she’s in jail she definitely won’t be driving. If her license is revoked she definitely will.

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        • wsbob September 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

          Whether she is the kind of person that would drive despite her license being revoked, is a good question, one that ought to be considered with regards to anyone that has their license revoked.

          For some crimes they commit, people can stay out of jail before trial and possible conviction, by posting bail…if the court thinks they’re not going to stick around and show up in court…nope…they get to stay in jail. In other words, they get to stay out of jail if it’s thought they be trusted to do what’s been ordered of them.

          Similarly, though it would be an additional burden for society to bear, if people with suspended and revoked licenses aren’t willing to comply with orders made of them that they not drive, unless another more effective option can be devised, maybe they just need to be kept locked up until they’re willing to comply with the order not to drive.

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          • Dan A September 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

            Car is seized and sold at auction. Or fine of $5000. Whichever is more.

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      • rachel b September 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm

        Perhaps most painful of all would be to take her FB away.

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      • GlowBoy September 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        Revocation won’t do squat. Driving without a license isn’t even a criminal offense in Oregon.

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  • Paul in the 'Couve September 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    So it is a forgone conclusion that there are no teeth in Oregon law (like every other state) and she will remain on the road and licensed not even suspended….please say I am wrong.

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  • Dan Kaufman September 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Unwavering diligence wins the day. Thank you, PJ, for holding your ground and following through.

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  • anon September 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I’m curious to know whether she knows that every intersection is a crosswalk. Actually, I’m curious to know what percentage of Oregon drivers know this, despite recent marketing campaigns. Far too many drivers don’t seem to know this basic law. I’ve seen drivers try to “show people a lesson” by accelerating at pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks and yelling at them for jaywalking. People like this need to have their licenses suspended and car impounded! It’s scary to think that she’ll be driving again in no time, and likely with even more of a vengeance.

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    • soren September 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Just a few days ago I was crossing Belmont at 28th and a driver saw me, sped up enormously, and passed me with only a few feet to spare. I flipped them off and shouted “crosswalk”. They screeched to about a block away and screamed back: “There is no crosswalk, bleep bleepity bleep”.

      The cussing was not typical but the behavior was, sadly, very typical.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        From your description, it sounds like R2D2 was driving. Someone check it’s Twitter feed!

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        • El Biciclero September 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm

          Oh, my!

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    • B. Carfree September 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      If I had to guess, I’d say you could round off the percentage of Oregon drivers who know what a crosswalk is to zero percent.

      I’ve also had motorists speed up at me when I’m crossing in unmarked crosswalks. Then again, while it is slightly less common, I’ve had them do that when I’m in a raised, marked crosswalk.

      I’m seeing more and more letters to the editor in my local rags where motorists express frustration that people cross the street in crosswalks. The seem to think it is horrible that motorists should be expected to slow down or stop for humans. Considering the lack of enforcement, I don’t see this getting better soon.

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      • rachel b September 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm

        I just saw a driver honk at a mother pushing a stroller across SE 26th, at Woodward. It’s not the first time. Stupid mother! Stupid, stupid baby! I got places to BE!

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        • Chris I September 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

          Cars seem to turn a lot of people into sociopaths. It would be fascinating if it weren’t so deadly.

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          • Middle of the Road guy September 10, 2016 at 4:52 pm

            I’ve often wondered about that. It seems like there certainly are extremely disproportionate responses drivers have when behind the wheel and seemingly inconvenienced.

            I think these incidents are simply triggers for a lot of pent up rage. Heck, it happens to people in line at Starbucks. Anyway, just something to ponder.

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        • devograd September 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

          Wow, that’s bad. Drivers hardly ever stop for me and my 4-year-old when we’re crossing at that intersection to go to his preschool (maybe a 15% success rate?), but honking at a woman with a stroller? That’s low.

          P.S. I just submitted a request to PBOT for a painted crosswalk at that intersection, both for my own benefit and because I see high school kids running across the street to the bus stop after school lets out, and I’m worried they’ll get hit. Maybe if we got a painted crosswalk there, drivers would behave a little better?

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm

            You might want to contact HAND (the neighborhood association for that area). They have been talking about the same thing, and they might give you a good platform for making your voice louder.

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          • rachel b September 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm

            I’ve thought the same thing, devograd! I have a good view of that intersection and have watched everyone from elderly folks to parents pushing strollers to parents w/ toddlers (like you) to h.s. students scrambling across the street while speeding drivers ride RIGHT up on them, some never slowing at all (they figure they’ve got it timed right–so you’ll maybe only get clipped).

            Thank you for submitting that request, and best wishes! It’s a good spot for a crosswalk. I see so many folks crossing there and it’s become a bit of a de facto major neighborhood intersection, what with all the cut-through traffic/Clinton avoiders. Have seen a few car collisions there, too.

            HK–I know you were speaking to devograd but a platform would be great, though my normal speaking voice is a yodel, so it is usually heard.

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      • JeffS September 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        Was riding my bike north on SE 12th the other day. Stopped (in the middle of the right lane) so a couple could cross the street at an intersection.

        The cars coming up behind me didn’t stop. In fact, five or six cars passed me while I was sitting there, several close enough for me to touch them. These were cars spread out close to half a block apart.

        In hindsight, I should probably be thankful that one of them didn’t run me over while I stood there for probably a minute, which felt like days.

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        • rachel b September 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm

          Ugh! 🙁

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  • Andy K September 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    PJ is the man. (Thank you for standing up for vulnerable road users)

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  • Jolly Dodger September 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Some people. Damn. I know women that would’ve pounded her ass

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) September 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Uber says Shoaff is permanently banned:

    Here’s the statement we just received from their public affairs manager:

    I want to clarify that Ms. Shoaff was not an employee of Uber. She is an independent Uber Driver-Partner. Driver-partners are not employees of Uber.

    As soon as we received the incident report Ms. Shoaff was immediately suspended from accessing the Uber platform. She has since been permanently banned from driving on the Uber platform.

    Driver, rider and pedestrian safety continue to be our top priority when supporting Uber driver-partners. We have a zero tolerance policy for any reckless or dangerous actions by drivers or riders.

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    • anon September 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Awesome! Does this prevent her from being able to drive for Lyft as well?

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      • Adam September 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        If she goes to jail it might.

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      “Driver-Partner”, lolol.

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    • kittens September 10, 2016 at 1:20 am

      Riiight. “Safety is our number one concern!” Especially when the media is paying attention.

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    • bikeninja September 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

      To truly show its good intentions and help seperate itself from “bad” drivers we should push uber to introduce a helmet cam documented complaint system where reports of driver misbehaviour ( accompanied by video) would be sufficient to get motorist banned from driving for Uber , or LYFT. Since they are not “employees” no due process beyond this should be needed. My experience is those with the little Uber and Lyft stickers on the back window are among the most impatient and agressive drivers in the city and this flood of “speed for money” motorists is partially responsible for the recent increase in dangerous road conditions.

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      • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

        speed for money is how car2go operates… any delay is costing you money so you’ll want to drive faster afterwards…

        luckily a lot of their users are pedestrians that understand the need for safety… but many are not…

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  • Adam September 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I wonder if this is the same Clarissa Kelley who left comments on the accused’s Facebook post saying “He can ride into oncoming traffic for all I care F**k that dude!!!”

    You know, the same Clarissa Kelley whose LinkedIn profile lists her interests as “Human Rights” (ummmm…), and “the Environment) (DOUBLE ummmm… she apparently cares so much about the environment, she hates bikes!!).

    Or the same Clarissa Kelley who states on said LinkedIn page – “My work objective is to be part of a team where I can show my integrity, knowledge, creativity, and positive attitude”.


    This idiot driver’s Facebook friends are as classy as she is!!

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      You could ask her…

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  • Todd Hudson September 9, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    This is great Friday evening justiceporn.

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  • wsbob September 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    ***This portion of your comment has been deleted because it was insulting, unproductive, or just plain mean. Please be more considerate next time. Thanks. — Jonathan. ***

    Why is someone with such an apparently very low level of self control, being allowed to operate a motor vehicle? How many people has she pulled this kind of stunt on since she’s been driving?

    Was it lack of maturity that had her do this? I don’t like to make an issue of age, because immaturity can be present in a range of age groups…not just people in their teens or 20’s, 30’s for example. Maybe she has some axe to grind. Or likes to harass people for thrills. Who knows?

    She sounds like a head case. People can and do have all sorts of issues they carry around with them in their daily routine. If they’re functional, meaning they can conduct themselves responsibly in typical day to day activities like getting up, feeding themselves, going to work, getting along with people reasonably well…fine, maybe they’re competent to drive.

    If their trying to do those things has them hitting the ceiling, they’re probably not fit to drive a car, or ride a bike. Maybe, they should be supervised while walking across the street.

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    • Mossby Pomegranate September 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      ***This comment has been deleted. Judging people solely by their looks is not accepted here on BikePortland. Thank you. – Jonathan ***

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      • wsbob September 10, 2016 at 12:14 am

        ***This comment has been deleted because I don’t like how you are judging this person by her looks. Please don’t do that anymore. – Jonathan ***

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        • El Biciclero September 11, 2016 at 1:18 pm

          How can you tell by looking?

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    • 9watts September 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      “By her mug shot, she doesn’t look stupid.”


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    • Chris I September 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      ***This comment has been deleted. – Jonathan ***

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      • 9watts September 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

        My, how charming, your assessment.
        I’m intrigued that all of you can apparently deduce so much from a picture.

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        • Middle of the Road Guy September 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

          It is ironic that cyclists can tell what kind of person a driver is simply by the type of automobile they drive. SUV drivers, anyone?

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty September 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

            How many people really need an SUV, especially around town? When I see one, I do usually form an opinion about the driver.

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            • Dan A September 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

              Whenever I drive my SUV about town (18-year-old CR-V) I feel I have much better visibility than when I drive my wife’s car. It’s a little more upright, and has very few blind spots, with large non-tinted windows. I also like the extra mobility when I take the kids skiing. That said, I wish I still had my Del Sol. 40 mpg easily, and much more compact.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty September 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

                Last summer myself and 4 other adults went on a week-long hiking trip through the Olympics, and we got ourselves and all our gear into a Honda Fit.

                I’ve traveled in that same vehicle with 3 other adults, along with all our equipment, to do a ski trip in Utah.

                Most people think they need a bigger vehicle than they do.

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              • Dan A September 14, 2016 at 6:38 am

                We have the CR-V and a small wagon. My family takes the wagon whenever possible, but often times we take family trips with the CR-V completely full, with 4 bikes on the back.

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          • Dave September 14, 2016 at 11:01 am

            Profiling drivers is a valuable defensive skill; I have 45+ years of cycling that says so.

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      • q September 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

        Maybe the police should start going through DMV’s driver license photos and targeting such people for license revocation. Get them off the road BEFORE they harm others.

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    • was carless September 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

      There are a non-insignificant % of the human race who exhibits these kinds of total lack of empathy or caring towards others. Its called being a sociopath, and roughly 3% of people fit the definition.

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      • Todd Hudson September 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        It also seems that she needs to bring attention to herself through dramatic means and outlandish behavior. Thus, the ridiculous FB post where she proclaimed she attacked a person.

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    • wsbob September 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      Jonathan…I think you’re misinterpreting and over-reacting to the part of my comment(s) you’ve deleted. I posed a question as a statement, related to intelligence, I think any reasonable person would have upon seeing someone depicted in a mug shot. People naturally will wonder whether intelligence of people pictured, had something to do with the arrest of the person .

      The parts of my comments you’ve deleted were definitely not made to insult, be unproductive, or mean to the person arrested, but to help readers question what possible reason Chrissy Shoaff my have had to do what she did.

      Because in comments responding to mine some readers questioned the initial statement I posed, in followup comments to my initial one, I answered the question in the negative…in other words, that I didn’t think she was what some readers posting comments to your site, seem to have taken great delight in thinking she is. I think they were wrong to write what they did, and if I had been editor of this site, probably would have deleted theirs for pointedly callous, mean and superficial, far sooner than it happens they were.

      I wish the best for Chrissy Shoaff, as I do anybody that’s in serious trouble, needs help, and shows some hope of being set back on the track of being a decent human being.

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      • wsbob September 12, 2016 at 11:16 pm

        maus….I just want to add, that if ever you have a question about my intent in something I’ve written in a comment, or you’d like me to revise some part of what I’ve written,differently to have it be less susceptible to misinterpretation, I’m happy to answer as best I can, and possibly make changes. I can’t guarantee I’ll make changes, but will consider them as time allows.

        Though I’m not a paying member of this site, this shouldn’t be too hard to do. You could maybe just post a note into the comment before releasing it from moderation. I’ll read your suggestions and requests, and respond and make changes as I feel I can, and then post them for moderation in a new comment nested below the earlier one. …thanks…ws

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  • Dave J. September 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Woah, is Jon Isaacs of Uber the same Jon Isaacs who used to work for Portland Public Schools as their chief spokesperson? He has neatly and swiftly transitioned from “kids, the water is safe to drink!” to “the people who receive money from us, contract with passengers using our proprietary app, and who drive cars using our insignia are not our employees!”

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Nice catch. Appears so.

      My favorite bit from that article:

      As WW reported last week, PPS officials have hired an outside investigator to review a $11,000 contract under which Isaacs hired a friend to create a nine-page spreadsheet.

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  • pooperazzi September 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    This is likely to an unpopular opinion, but this person will get what she deserves through the courts. Her real name and those of her friends should not permanently be made public through a google-indexed website.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I happen to agree with you, but that’s not how it works in America. In other counties, the names of arestees are not published until a conviction. Here, the accused get their name dragged through the mud just for being arrested.

      Luckily, the police never make a mistake, so this works out well.

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      • pooperazzi September 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        Well at minimum, the names of her bottomfeeder buddies should be blurred

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty September 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm

          They chose to publish their idiocy on the entire internet for all to read.

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        • Adam September 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

          Why? If you don’t want your third-grade level opinions reposted on a well-read blog alongside your real name, you shouldn’t ever POST them anywhere on the internet, under your real name.

          I don’t understand how people can’t understand this.

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          • lyle w. September 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

            Turns out making intelligent choices to protect your identity isn’t really an option available to unintelligent and unhinged people.

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    • Chris I September 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Disagree. Don’t post it on the internet if you want it to be kept private.

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    • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Sarah Blankenship has nothing to hide, her comments weren’t horrible…

      Clarissa Kelley should rightfully be ashamed…

      Miles Starr, Aleathia Heimlich, and Shelby Bennett are hopefully regretful…

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  • Evan Manvel September 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Uber claims various things in various lawsuits. In some, it claims its drivers are employees. In others, it claims they’re independent contractors.

    In these cases, Uber consistently claims that they are not sending ads, but offers of employment, which don’t require written consent. That would make Uber an employer seeking workers…

    So Uber is an employer when trying to wriggle away from unsolicited advertising laws, but not an employer when trying to wriggle away from labor laws.

    A third type of court case argues that, if Uber’s drivers are independent contractors, the company is guilty of fixing prices among competitors, as all the contractors charge the same rate for rides, based on an algorithm managed by Uber.


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  • kittens September 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Super story, Johnathan! Makes up for that awful road rage you posted a few days ago.

    I have first hand experience of being a professional cab driver and “rideshare” Uber is a bloodsucking leach on society. They do nothing but skim 30% off the top for the privilege of connecting two dots. They take advantage of unfortunate suckers who can’t foresee the inordinate risk, liability and cost driving for them entails. But you will never hear this from a driver, they can’t talk about it for fear of reprisal.

    Further, as this case perfectly illustrates, there is so little accountability or liability for the company. They simply cherry pick all the profit and leave the driver to pick up the tab. And when something like this happens, they get to wash their hands. It is like the worst of the corporate world mixed with good old fashioned laissez-faire libertarianism. If this lady was driving her car for the purposes of making money with Uber, then would it not follow that she was “employed” by the company? The way they twist words and meanings makes my head spin.

    The bottom line is they try so hard to hide the fact that they are basically evil, prey upon desperate people and will stop at nothing until all competition is decimated. Then you will get to see what true “surge” pricing is.

    Please consider using your local options before you have none left 🙂

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    • KTaylor September 11, 2016 at 1:14 am

      Amen to that! It really bothers me how comfortable people are with the lack of accountability in Uber’s sharecroppy business model.

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    • q September 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Exactly. The “sharing economy” is not altruistic. Much of it is companies taking profit while evading liability and passing on risk and negative impacts to others.

      I wonder where Uber would be if this were a story about an Uber driver saving someone’s life? I bet they wouldn’t be clarifying that the driver isn’t an employee.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty September 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

        It’s not a”sharing economy “, but rather a rental and piecework economy.

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  • TonyT
    TonyT September 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Jeez, her friends. “lol assault!” It appears SB has hidden her FB profile.

    This is the sort of justice that makes me giddy.

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  • (The other) PJ September 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Ahem, HA HA!

    I hope her license gets suspended for a few years, clearly she’s got some rage to walk off.

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  • Adam September 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

    One thing that nobody has brought up is the possibility that the driver was inebriated.

    It’s dark. She’s being a loud-mouthed, bravado-fueled, justice-seeking weirdo.

    I wonder if she hadn’t just left a bar? Of course, we’ll never know, because she didn’t stick around for the police to breathalize her.

    But a millennial, in Portland. Throw a dart at them, and they’ve probably just gotten into their car after leaving the bar…

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    • rachel b September 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      People seem more comfortable with being “loud-mouthed, bravado-fueled, justice-seeking weirdo” jackwits nowadays, whether they’re high or not. Again–I blame epidemic social media-fueled narcissism.

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      • Ktaylor September 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

        That is spot-on, Rachel b. The confidence so many people seem to have now that they’re in any way qualified to teach others a lesson is both astounding and terrifying – and definitely spawn of the Internet echo chamber. I miss self doubt.

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        • rachel b September 12, 2016 at 12:24 am

          Hear, hear…self doubt, and shame!

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  • Lizzy September 10, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    It’s sad and disturbing that more and more people have such anger that they seek easy outlets for it, like endangering someone’s life on the road. This needs to be legally stopped with stiff consequences or it will continue on a larger scale.

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  • Kyle Banerjee September 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I wear many hats
    I’m terrified of riding in Uber or Lyft. Why would I trust a complete stranger to perform the most dangerous aspect of my day to day life? Its insane.

    I hate to break this to you, but you do this every time you ride a bike on a public street. At least with Uber/Lyft, you’re belted in a steel safety cage.

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    • Eric Leifsdad September 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Per-mile, riding a bike is still statistically safer and you get some exercise while doing it. Although, riding in the back seat is supposed to be safer, but that might be one of those statistics where most people are riding in the front (because SOV) just like people who didn’t wreck their bike while not wearing helmets didn’t show up in the ER to get counted.

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      • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:09 am

        I’ve never seen statistics showing that cycling is safer per mile than driving… they all show cycling is far more dangerous, although walking is still the most deadly per mile…

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        • Eric Leifsdad September 12, 2016 at 9:22 am

          Sorry, I guess that’s per-hour. Though I wonder how the numbers turn out in Portland, particularly if you discount freeway miles.

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    • I wear many hats September 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

      I hear you , but I get to control my bike, can hop a curb or bail when I’m riding. I cannot ditch out of an Uber car as easily.

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      • q September 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

        Oh, come on. It’s not like an Uber driver is going to go around picking up passengers and killing them.

        Well, not usually, and never more than 6 victims at a time anyway.

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  • q`Tzal September 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Make drivers who earn money driving be required to hold COMMERCIAL driver’s licenses.

    As commercial drivers we are always pressured to go faster; same with bicycle couriers.

    The difference with at least the truck freight industry is that the employer shares in the legal ramifications of a driver driving for them either as a direct employee or a contractor. If I get a speeding ticket it shows up on my record and my employer’s. We both have consequences for my theoretical bad driving thus motivating the employer to enforce safety standards.

    Uber and similar ride sharing services DO fill an important niche HOWEVER they are avoiding the legal and economic overhead of ANY responsibility (road safety, wages, criminal screening) for the people that they employ under their brand’s name.

    Make em fight on a level playing field with taxis and make the ride sharing companies have real skin in the game when someone driving for them is unsafe.

    Just. Like. Trucking. Companies.

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    • wsbob September 10, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Here’s a link to a .org website that has details on special licenses required in Oregon, operators of different types of motor vehicles must have. Notice in the big blue box at the top of the page, ‘Pass your CDL written exam the first time with DMV Cheatsheets!’.

      “…The difference with at least the truck freight industry is that the employer shares in the legal ramifications of a driver driving for them either as a direct employee or a contractor. If I get a speeding ticket it shows up on my record and my employer’s. …” qtzal

      What you’re suggesting, sounds like something outside of requirements made of people seeking to acquire an Oregon CDL. More like something in Oregon law for regulating the trucking industry. Which some people likely are thinking that pseudo taxi outfits like uber and lyft should be subject to as well, or more thoroughly if they’re not already subject to that sort of thing.

      When she actually was transporting a passenger, arranged by Uber, how does Chrissy Shoaff’s record show she performed her job and conducted herself as a driver? Good driver or bad? And if the former, how can the CDL testing requirements screen out from qualification, people that may be apt to go off the deep end when they’re driving on their own free time?

      I’m not sure what Oregon currently has for laws that would allow it to refuse issuing a driver’s license to someone that can pass the driver’s tests, both the written, and the on the road test, but then once on the road on their own, their behavior behind the wheel is inclined to be very unsuitable for safe driving.

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      • wsbob September 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        Forgot to include the link:


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      • q`Tzal September 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        Please read up. This is a wonderful bureaucracy that helped to end the wild “Smokey and the Bandit” style of truck driving.

        “CSA is FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) safety compliance and enforcement program. FMCSA is promoting safety compliance to help keep our Nation’s roadways safer for everyone.”

        State laws can add but not subtract driver and employer accountability.

        While common sense says that the rule set that applies to taxis is most appropriate it is also older and more byzantine. The CSA is newer and much more flexible in its potential application. Also it ensures that poor driving consequences are shared with the employer no matter what. This really forces the company in question to take driver safety very seriously.

        And I lack even the least little bit of familiarity with the taxi industry that would have come from watching the tv show Taxi.

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    • Robert Hurst September 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Yes they want to avoid all those responsibilities you mention but the biggest reason to hire ‘independent contractors’ instead of ’employees’ is the tax bill, which is roughly double for employees. (The independent contractor gets to pay that extra tax instead. When independent contractors fight to become employees as at FedEx they are fighting for many thousands of dollars per contractor.) Also when independent contractors are ‘let go’ or the company goes under or downsizes there is no cost in unemployment benefits. There are some interesting advantages to being an independent contractor too — it’s not all bad.

      Independent Contractor

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    • B. Carfree September 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Perhaps this could be coupled with a new program to actually train commercial drivers and require them to be regularly retested for both knowledge and skills.

      Assuming such a program demonstrates reduced collision rates, it could then be extended to all motorists and we’d finally have better drivers.

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    • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

      I’ve been pushed off the road by truckers plenty of times… when nobody is looking they’re just as bad or worse than normal drivers because they have lots of muscle to push you around…

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      • Dan A September 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

        Good luck getting a tractor trailer drive to give you the legal minimum passing space when cycling on the shoulder.

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  • Planenut September 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I think this is a story that should be reported by the Oregonian/Oregonlive but I did not see any reporting on this at all. In light of the high number of vehicle/pedestrian/bicycle incidents lately (not to mention the Uber connection) I think this story is more important and relevant than much of what they are reporting on.

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    • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

      it is odd that the Oregonian hasn’t covered this at all since it’s exceptionally good click-bait for their audience… especially if they connect PJ to bicycle advocacy…

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    • Kyle Banerjee September 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Oregonlive is hardly great journalism. But no one cares about garden variety road rage. That an activist is connected to it makes it even less interesting.

      BTW, when I was out jogging this morning, FOX12 had a van filming an intersection I run through where drivers often don’t stop and where I understand there have been some accidents.

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  • Tom Hardy September 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    In all likeleyhood she will walk, Just like the Saudi that killed the young lady a couple of weeks ago. The judge reduced bail and he was out in 20 minutes. Nickel to a hole in a doughnut he will be out of the country before midnight. At least the tax payers will not need to pay for his incarceration for the next 8-10 years.

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    • wsbob September 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      “…Just like the Saudi that killed the young lady a couple of weeks ago. The judge reduced bail and he was out in 20 minutes. …” tom hardy

      Was there a story published on that development? I don’t remember it being reported here on bikeportland.

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    • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:34 am

      that was August 19th and the guy is still in jail on $1 million bail…

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  • Kyle Banerjee September 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    There are some messed up people out there. Anyone bragging about attacking someone and destroying their glasses clearly falls into this category. I’m glad they caught her, but we all know that when things like this happens, the perpetrator almost always gets away.

    I do sometimes wonder how some individuals seem to have extraordinary bad luck with crazies and so many near brushes with death when doing totally mundane things. No one deserves to be attacked, but I’m wondering his hand came in contact with the mirror as most people in fear for their safety would perform some sort of evasive move would that would make this type of contact unlikely.

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  • Mike Sanders September 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    You. Don’t. Do. That. Ever. She has a lack of smarts that is truly astonishing. Especially if you’re an Über driver. She needs to have the book thrown at her.

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    • 9watts September 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      “Especially if you’re an Über driver.”


      Do you know other employers who look favorably on this kind of behavior?

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      • q September 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm

        “Especially if you’re an Uber driver”, because poor driving behavior is especially bad in the case of people who take on passengers for pay.

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  • Adam September 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks the biggest crime is THAT MUGSHOT APPALLING EYELINER HATCHET JOB.

    That’s a crime against good makeup!!!

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      The only thing that’s missing is the teardrop showing how she’s crying for pedestrian that got away.

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    • q September 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      She looks guilty beyond eyeshadow of a doubt.

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  • mh September 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Good to see the report made public. PJ, glad the police appreciated and took advantage of your research.

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  • SE September 11, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Tom Hardy
    In all likeleyhood she will walk, Just like the Saudi that killed the young lady a couple of weeks ago. The judge reduced bail and he was out in 20 minutes. Nickel to a hole in a doughnut he will be out of the country before midnight. At least the tax payers will not need to pay for his incarceration for the next 8-10 years.
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    not even close. Driver charged with hitting, killing teen in SE Portland faces elevated manslaughter charge


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  • K'Tesh September 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    “By her mug shot, she doesn’t look stupid. ”

    You have to remember this…

    “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” ― George Carlin

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    • K'Tesh September 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      and since I’m doing quotes… I’ll add this one…

      “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”― Albert Einstein

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    • rachel b September 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Golly, I miss him. 🙁

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      • rachel b September 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm

        Er…I meant Carlin. But, ok…Einstein too…?

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty September 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

          They were both pretty fun at parties.

          Albert Einstein, George Carlin, and Hello, Kitty, walk into a bar… the rest writes itself.

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          • q September 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

            Carlin was funny. Einstein, only relatively.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty September 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

              Har har.

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              • rachel b September 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm


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    • wsbob September 11, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      George Carlin was a comedian. Humor was his business, and as part of doing that, he could be cynical to get a laugh and wax a bit philosophically. I don’t think Carlin really considered the average person to be stupid…not in an overall sense. Smart people, even those of better than average intelligence, on occasion do stupid things. On a pathological level? Like it appears this Chrissy Shoaff has done?

      I’m thinking it’s not stupidity that’s having her do what she did. There’s something else going on in her mind, and as I said earlier, I hope whatever it is, gets figured out before someone else is in a world of hurt far worse than what Paul Jeffery and his pals found themselves in, just trying to cross the street on foot.

      Carlin was a great comedian. Very smart, very intelligent. Well suited to carry out thoughtful commentary on the human condition through humor, in some of the traditions of Mark Twain.

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  • Robert Burchett September 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    As a person who sometimes walks across a street, and often rides a bike, I admit I formed an opinion about this waaay before I got to “drives for Uber”. But the comments about appearance made me wince. Really? You actually don’t want to trust a person who looks good in a mugshot.

    Anybody else? Is this cool?

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    • rachel b September 12, 2016 at 12:25 am

      I’m with you, Robert. Wince!

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  • jeff September 12, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Some not so good comments on the driver and her habits (driving drunk) from folks who claim to know her:


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    • Adam September 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

      So she’s a millennial Californian transplant who drinks and drives every night according to her friends.

      NO WAY!!!!!

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      • Chris I September 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

        “franticpantsFoster-Powell 13 points 1 day ago

        Decent driver, above-average drunk driver
        Cali transplant, yes. Trust fund rich kid, not really. I used to think she was rich cuz her parents’ house in high school was in a ritzy neighborhood by a golf course, but that’s only cuz they were living beyond their means. They’re now separated and live comfortably within their means in different houses.”

        The “above-average drunk driver” comment is so messed up, for so many reasons.

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    • Spiffy September 12, 2016 at 8:56 am

      one reply states that their boss was a witness and the scene went down just like PJ says it did…

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      • Seth D. Alford September 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        Suggestion: get a screenshot.

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  • Phil Richman September 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

    This weekend while driving the speed limit on Barbur Motor Speedway a speeding car passed me with a window sticker that stated: “Help Prevent Road Rage: Stay the F#$% out of my way”

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    • Dave September 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

      “Barbur Motor Speedway;” That’s brilliant!

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  • Planenut September 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Channel 12 news just reported on this during the eight o’clock news, (Monday) good info and good to see that this type of incident is being reported by the local mainstream media.

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  • Steve September 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Here’s a 2013 mug shot. looks like Uber may not do much of a background check:


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    • jeff September 13, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Wait, she’s been arrested for assault before? Oh my.

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. September 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      But Uber convinced us all that they do extensive background checks!!

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty September 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

        They combed through the background of her booking photo, and found nothing untoward.

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  • Middle of the Road guy September 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Could you imagine if we judged cyclists by how they looked? There’d be outrage But a driver? Well that’s just fine.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      I think it’s pretty hard not to judge people by how they look, when that’s all you’ve got to go on. I think formation of the judgement is not avoidable; the important thing is what you do with that judgement.

      And, in this case, we’ve chosen to mock the driver.

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  • Ryan Good September 16, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    “…my hand come into contact with the passenger side mirror.” Nice use of passage verbiage there.

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  • OrganicBrian April 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I noticed today she’s radically changed her appearance (and wouldn’t you?). I can’t attach an image to a BP comment, but here’s the link to her current FB profile pic:

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