In a three minute video posted to YouTube an LA Uber driver explodes on his passenger as he brings her to the emergency room. The entire altercation doesn’t get on video until the end but it’s clear the Uber driver is very agitated. Watch the video below and we’ll pick up the story afterward.
We’ve absolutely no clue what happened before the passenger started recording video so the full context is muddy here. It’s easy for someone to whip out a camera and act completely different from how they were acting just before video was being taken. It’s very obvious the Uber driver is irritated and angry in this situation and his tone and attitude was probably way over the top.
What we do know about the story is, the passenger requested an Uber ride to the emergency room and indicated she was in a hurry. The Uber driver indicates that the passenger was not ready when he arrived and made him wait even when she said she was in a hurry, We don’t know what transpired in the vehicle before the video or what words were exchanged between the Uber driver and passenger. All we see is one pissed off Uber driver and one seemingly calm yet equally condescending passenger who, while in a hurry to get to the emergency room, seemed to be okay taking extra time to take video of an angry Uber driver.
Some Uber and Lyft drivers have defended the viral video drivers actions, pointing out that driving in Southern California is inherently stressful. And that we do not know what the woman and her male backseat companion did previous to the short video, to make the driver so stressed out and determined to get away from them.
Uber has taken the man’s access to Uber away and are investigating the matter.
“This conduct has no place on our platform and we’re reviewing the matter,” an Uber spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
The woman finally got out of the car and was walked to the emergency room by a bystander who was witnessing the exchange.
What do you think of this altercation? Was the Uber driver out of line? Was the passenger prodding him to gain the reaction she wanted? Do you drive for Uber or Lyft? What stories do you have? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source: Santa Monica Observer