An unmasked woman who coughed over an Uber driver in San Francisco and grabbed his cell phone in unholy rage admitted it was disrespectful but claimed the situation could have been avoided. (Look the following video).
Video of the confrontation went viral as police investigated. As of Tuesday, no arrests had been made, cops told HuffPost. The names of the passengers have not been released.
According to police, the driver picked up the three women on Sunday, but ended the trip shortly thereafter because one refused to wear a mask. It was then that the confrontation broke out, with one of the passengers coughing on the driver, snatching his cell phone and removing his mask, while the other two yelled profanities and insults.
In a social media clip seen by the San Francisco CBS affiliate on Tuesday, the coughing passenger gave her side of the story, downplaying her assault. “All I did was remove the mask and cough a little,” he said.
“Okay yeah, I’m not going to lie,” he continued. “That was fucking disrespectful. I was completely wrong about that. But it could have been avoided. “
She accused the driver of trying to drop the passengers off in an unsafe neighborhood. “He could have waited and made sure we were safe,” he said.
He threatened to sue Uber, which in a statement Monday called the riders’ behavior “appalling” and banned it. Then he made an impromptu endorsement of Uber’s rival.
“That’s why I’m staying with Lyft!” she stated.
Not anymore, she doesn’t. Lyft also banned it.
“Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform, the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video forced us to permanently remove the passenger from the Lyft community,” the ride-sharing company said in a statement to KPIX. “Driving in a pandemic is not easy. Please wear a mask, respect others, and be a good person. “
The driver, Subhakar Khadka, said one of the women pepper sprayed him as they got out of the vehicle. Khadka, 32, from Nepal, also said the women yelled intolerant comments because he is an immigrant.
In other videos that preceded the altercation, the women refuse to leave the vehicle until another Uber arrives and Khadka threatens to leave them “in the middle of the freeway” if they do not get out immediately, CBS noted.
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