It was a quiet car ride pic.twitter.com/F9ubGUoHAI— decent pigeon (@decentbirthday) December 14, 2017
At the time of writing this, the tweet had been 'liked' over 501,000 times and retweeted over 190,000 times.
Closer to home, the image was also tweeted by author Amish Tripathi, who wrote he had received the viral screenshot via WhatsApp.
Classic!— Amish Tripathi (@authoramish) December 15, 2017
Received on WhatsApp pic.twitter.com/YYJWLcie6Z
Almost immediately, people started calling out the screenshot as fake.
sorry this is FAKE because uber now disguises your phone number and it wouldn't show as a blue text it would be a green text FAKE NEWS!!!— feral yellin raccoon (@goodburrito) December 14, 2017
"Absolutely fake, the first line is a set up for the joke," wrote one person on Reddit, where the screenshot was among the most upvoted posts of the day on Friday. "This has to be fake. Don't they usually say, 'I'm outside.'?" wondered another.
But most found humour in the exchange - regardless of whether it was real or an elaborately scripted situation in an attempt to go viral.
I actually don't even care if this is fake. This is fantastic.
Also, hang in there.— Jill (@jedichica) December 14, 2017
True? who cares? its a great story.— Tommy Tucker (@ttuckerwwl) December 15, 2017
I refuse to accept that this funny tweet is not fact I'm heartbroken— tinesha (@TineshaCapri) December 14, 2017
I tweeted this yesterday, and then texted with an Uber driver last night. My text was in green, and it was a text message, not an iMessage. Not saying this is for sure fake, but... fiction can also be deeply inspiring. https://t.co/l5PW9l91vr— Stu Loeser (@stuloeser) December 15, 2017
"I take this as a joke at face value and assume 70% chance it's fake (but still funny)," wrote one Redditor. "My experience with both Uber and Lyft is that the driver would call me if I wasn't already outside waiting. I've never personally gotten a text. The only one sent was the alert from Uber that the driver is outside. IMO, this seems like a funny but totally scripted text situation," commented another.
Real or not, the exchange clearly made the Internet smile.
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