A video (below) of an Uber passenger identified as Benjamin Golden for assaulting his driver, Edward Caban, on Oct. 30 has gone viral. Now, the passenger, identified as Benjamin Golden, is reportedly facing charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and misdemeanor assault.
Edward Caban, the Uber driver, reportedly picked up an intoxicated Golden in Newport Beach, California, with the intention of dropping him off in nearby Costa Mesa, CBS Los Angeles reported. Caban wrote in the video’s description on YouTube that Golden grew belligerent and swore at him during the drive.
“I grabbed the pepper spray from my center console and put it under my right thigh and flipped my camera around and, as i always do when my spidey senses start tingling, made a u-turn, then pulled into a nearby well lit shopping center, and asked him to get out of the car,” Caban wrote.
Golden tried to pay Caban, but he already had, so Caban told Golden to get out of the car. At this point, Golden allegedly began hitting him. Caban managed to pepper spray Golden until he got out of the car.
“There have been a lot of situations of late that have made me uncomfortable," Caban told CBS Los Angeles. "That’s why I stopped driving [late] at night. But the scary thing is, this happened at the end of my day shift, at 8 o’clock."
He added that he believes Uber needs to do more to ensure driver safety. A spokesperson for the company said they’re glad Caban is safe, but that they’re still assessing the incident. Golden has been banned from Uber.
“I don’t feel safe driving for Uber anymore,” Caban added.
The video, filmed from Caban’s dashboard, has been viewed more than 450,00 times.
“Uber drivers don't get paid enough to deal with this s---,” Caban concluded.
Golden was arrested on Nov. 1, police confirmed to CBS Los Angeles.
This isn't the first time Uber has made headlines. On Oct. 8, a lawsuit was filed against Uber in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, CNET reported at the time.
The lawsuit alleges that Uber markets specifically to young women who have been drinking but doesn't conduct sufficient background checks on its drivers. This thus leaves women vulnerable to sexual assault while using the transportation service.
The lawsuit was filed by two women who claim they were sexually assaulted by their Uber drivers.
Warning: Video contains violence and profanity