Thousands raised after drag queen allegedly robbed on Uber ride


Instagram photo of Sydney drag queen Mulan
Image: Instagram

Drag queens have rallied to crowdfund thousands of dollars to support a performer who allegedly had her drag stolen from her by an Uber driver.

Sydney-based queen Mulan said on Friday night she caught the Uber to a Surry Hills photoshoot when she requested a stop on the way to pick something up.

While she was inside, Mulan claimed the Uber driver cancelled her trip and when she returned he had driven away.

But Mulan said her luggage was still in the car, including her wallet, as well as outfits, wigs and accessories. Mulan estimated the contents were worth around $3000.

After the performer contacted Uber, Mulan said Uber told her the driver had searched but couldn’t find her bags.

On Tuesday, numerous Sydney drag queens rallied to support Mulan. In just a few hours, a crowdfunding page started by Sydney queen Mynx Moscato raised thousands to replace the performer’s drag.

“Thank you so much to everyone who shared and donated today. There are no words to describe how thankful and grateful I am,” Mulan wrote on Instagram.

“I feel so loved and the whole community have my back.”

Police investigating alleged Uber theft

NSW Police are investigating the incident. An Uber spokesperson said they had suspended the driver’s access to the platform while they investigate and assist police.

“We understand how distressing this situation is for the rider, and have been in contact to offer our support and a contribution for the lost items,” the spokesperson said.

“We take reports of theft extremely seriously and hold users accountable for their actions.

“Our dedicated law enforcement engagement team will assist the police in their investigation.”

Mulan said she was frustrated and angry with the ridesharing platform and encouraged users to take safety steps to protect themselves.

“If you ride an Uber yourself share the trip status with your friends, screenshot the driver’s details and never leave any belongings in the car,” she wrote.

“Please stay safe.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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