It’s hard to imagine Uber passengers being rude or verbally abusive to their driver’s, but i’m sure it happens. A recent incident in the US has gone viral after an Uber driver captured a verbally abusive passenger who just happens to be the oldest son of one of New York’s most infamous landlords. Jake Croman was filmed telling the driver “Go f**king drive, you little f**k. Minimum wage fa**ot. Go f**k yourself” and kept insulting the driver after he was apparently kicked out of the taxi.
Warning: foul language.
The driver, Artur Zawada apparently has an Uber rating of 4.8 after 2600 rides and had this to say on Youtube.
“This is 4th time that I have been harassed by this rider and his friends. Nov. Dec. and twice in March. I told him on 3rd occasion that I requested Uber to banned him but he is/was using friends accounts. Told him and his friends that I will not take them and that he/they need to get out of my car….. For that I was falsely accused, called names etc.
4th time… Rider knew from Uber application who is the driver. He had option to cancel to avoid any issues but he/they proceeded to abuse, harrase, belittle and provoke like kindergarten thugs.”
Croman though has responded to Buzzfeed saying
“This video shows one side of an argument I had with an Uber driver two weeks ago after he refused to pick me up on the basis of my religion. What you don’t see in the video is that the driver had made a number of offensive anti-Semitic remarks that provoked my response. I am not proud of my reaction to his discrimination and I regret my choice of words. Shortly after the verbal altercation, I filed a complaint with the Ann Arbor Police Department and they are now dealing with the issue.” [BF]
Croman is the son of Steven Croman, CEO of Croman Realty.