Lyft passenger hurls racist abuse at driver and threatens to p*** in his car after he pulled over ‘when the man refused to put his mask back on’
- According to the driver the incident occurred in Issaquah, Washington, US
- He says he pulled over when the rider refused to put his mask on
- The man then started verbally insulting him while the other passenger is filming
- Due to the incident, the passenger has now been permanently banned from Lyft
A passenger has been banned from using Lyft after hurling racist abuse towards a driver, when he was asked to ‘put his mask back on’.
The rider was filmed calling the Lyft driver the N-word and threatening to ‘p*** in his car’ when the driver allegedly pulled over as the man wasn’t wearing a face covering.
The footage, filmed by the driver shows the two passengers, a man and a woman pacing around his car while verbally insulting him.
The man can be seen calling the driver a ‘sand n****r’ over and over while the woman takes out her phone and starts filming saying : ‘Joe stop, I’m videoing. Stop, stop. I’m videoing. You stop.’
The Lyft driver, David Kangogo, 30, said to Newsweekthe incident occurred in Issaquah, Washington, on Tuesday night.
He said he picked up the couple when he noticed the man had taken off his mask and asked him to put it back on.
A passenger has been banned from using Lyft after hurling racist abuse towards a driver
The man was filmed threatening to ‘p*** in his car’ but eventually decided not to go ahead
‘He ignored me the first time, I repeated [it] and told him he’s putting me at risk and all the other passengers I pick up after him.’
According to Mr Kangogo it was then when the man started the racist abuse towards him.
‘So I just pulled over and got out of the car and told them I have canceled the ride, they can go ahead and get another driver.’ he added.
The man went on a racist rant against the driver while the woman was filming.
The man said: ‘You f***ing piece of s**t. You will never drive, you will never drive.’
According to the driver the man was verbally insulting him when he asked him to wear a mask, while the woman was filming
The driver then asked them: ‘Are you happy now?’ to which the woman replied, ‘No, we expected a Lyft ride home, that’s what we expected.’
She added: ‘I got your license plate. You should never drive Lyft again.’
The man then threatens to ‘p***’ in the driver’s car and flings open the door, but decides not to go ahead with it and added: ‘Yea I’m not, you stupid f***ing idiot’ before walking away from the vehicle.
The driver then told them to ‘have a good night’ before entering into his vehicle.
The video, which was shared on Twitter, has since gained over 331,000 views and hundreds of comments from Twitter users.
One said: ‘So she’s recording her husband being a total racist…ok.’
After telling the driver he ‘should never drive Lyft again’, the pair took off
Another added: ‘Seems like she will have to heavily edit her video.’
Meanwhile, one wrote: ‘The level of privilege with these people is unbelievable. I hope @lyft bans these people. Ridiculous.’
Lyft has since issued a Twitter statement in response to the viral video: ‘There is no place for discrimination of any sort in the Lyft community, and this behaviour is unacceptable.
‘We have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community and are in touch with the driver to offer our support.’