The woman who was seen on video assaulting and coughing on a South Asian Uber driver has also been banned from Lyft.
On Tuesday, Twitter user @davenewworld_2 posted an Instagram Live of what is believed to be the woman who attacked 32-year-old Subhakar Khadka during a Sunday Uber ride in San Francisco.
In the shocking video taken by Khadka, the woman — who sits next to two other female passengers — is seen taking off her mask, coughing on the driver, grabbing the driver’s cell phone, ripping the driver’s mask off, and seemingly accusing him of leaving her and the other passengers “in the middle of nowhere.”
In the Instagram Live, the woman eventually admits her alleged actions were “disrespectful,” but says “75% of people I know would have smacked the ---- out of him.” In an interview with the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Khadka says he pulled over because one of the women refused to wear a mask. He says he then drove to a gas station so the passenger could purchase a face covering.
At the end of the clip, the woman declares, “That’s why I take Lyft,” and announces plans to sue Uber, who have acknowledged the incident and say they have banned the woman.
After the woman’s IG Story went viral, Lyft responded to @davenewworld_2’s tweet by saying they have also removed the woman from their ride-share app due to her “unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video.”
“Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform, the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video compelled us to permanently remove the rider from the Lyft community,” the company wrote. “Driving in a pandemic is not easy. Please wear a mask, respect one another, and be a good person.”
Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform, the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video compelled us to permanently remove the rider from the Lyft community. Driving in a pandemic is not easy. Please wear a mask, respect one another, and be a good person.— Lyft (@lyft) March 9, 2021
According to San Francisco police, one of the women sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle and toward Khadka after leaving. However, it is not known whether this alleged incident was caught on video.
Officials also say Khadka was able to regain possession of his phone from the woman after the attack.
Khadka told KPIX 5 that he believes he was berated by the passengers because he is an immigrant from Nepal.
“I never said anything bad to them, I never cursed. I was not raised that way. I don’t hit people. I am not raised that way, so they were not getting out of my car,” he told the outlet.