Roaming the streets late at night, scooping up vulnerable young women and whisking them to safety. It might sound like some kind of a superhero comic, but Kathy Raydings doesn’t wear a cape, and she doesn’t have any special powers. Just a car, a license and a determination to get young women home safely.
Known as Grandma Uber, the 57-year-old has become somewhat of a phenomenon in Brisbane, where she currently spends more than 80 hours and seven nights a week ferrying people door-to-door.
More than 5000 women have ridden in her little Toyota since March, and it’s only climbing from there.
“I’m going to get as many of these damn girls home as I possibly can,” she told AAP.
“Our girls are precious. They can’t fend off men like men can fend off men.”
As well as a safe journey home, Grandma Uber’s passengers are treated to home-baked snacks – sweet and savoury – and she’ll even do a cheeky Maccas detour should you feel the need to soak up those ciders.
A workplace injury last year forced Raydings to hunt for a second job, and when she saw a Gumtree ad calling for Uber drivers she signed up on the spot.
She started out on the Gold Coast, but it was an eye-opening venture to night-club hot-spot Fortitude Valley that she realised where she was really needed.