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Not Fare: Wisconsin Rideshare Driver’s Defensive Encounter

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On a seemingly regular night of February 20, 2021, Scott Javoroski, a dedicated father of five and part-time rideshare driver, was navigating his black Audi A6 through the highways of Milwaukee. The night was brisk, and as the city lights approached, his phone signaled the first ride request with a peculiar username, “Alpha.” Despite the odd nickname—a not-so-rare occurrence on rideshare platforms—the location was a familiar one in the North Meadow neighborhood.

Javoroski, an IT consultant by day, had turned to rideshare driving about four years prior, amassing over 7,000 rides. His motivation was straightforward: to supplement his income to cover his children’s extracurricular activities and reduce family debt. His choice of an Audi as his rideshare vehicle not only elevated his service into the luxury category but also boosted his earnings with every trip.

That night, what started as a routine pickup turned precarious. As he arrived at the designated location, the atmosphere felt unsettling. The passenger, Alpha, exhibited aggressive behavior as soon as he entered the vehicle. Sensing imminent danger, Javoroski relied on his quick thinking and the concealed firearm he legally carried for personal protection.

The situation escalated quickly, but Javoroski managed to defend himself effectively, ensuring his safety without breaching any legal boundaries. His actions not only protected him but also underscored the importance of the right to self-defense, particularly for those in vulnerable positions like rideshare drivers working late nights.

Javoroski’s experience is a potent reminder of the crucial role firearms can play in personal safety. As someone who upheld a near-perfect five-star rating through excellent service and respect towards his passengers, this incident was a stark deviation from his usual encounters. It highlights that even the most routine situations can turn perilous, and being prepared can make all the difference.

Ready for the Moment

Javoroski credits his firearms training and education, much of which came through his USCCA Membership, for diffusing the situation — without any shots fired — and very possibly saving his life.

Javoroski reads every issue of Concealed Carry Magazine from cover to cover and especially enjoys the True Stories section as well as any stories covering legal issues. He also watches all of the videos released on the USCCA YouTube channel.

“All of those additional bits of knowledge kind of fill out the library you’ve got in your head,” he said.

For training, Javoroski has taken a couple of NRA courses but relies primarily on practice and drills at the range and dry-fire and laser-training exercises at home. He regularly practices his draw, including from inside his vehicle, to make sure he can clear clothing and any other potential obstacles. Staging his gun in the driver’s side door compartment means he must draw with his off hand, which requires additional practice reps. He also practices shooting left-handed in case it’s ever necessary.

“I’m a firm believer in Murphy’s Law,” Javoroski explained. “You wouldn’t train as a martial artist or as a boxer with only your right hand, so why would you do that with a firearm?”

This story is a testament to the fact that good guys with guns can indeed play a pivotal role in ensuring their safety and the safety of others in critical situations.

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