We've reported on plenty of instances of Uber drivers attacking, kidnapping, and raping passengers. Here's some shocking video from the other side – a drunk passenger brutally attacking a driver.
In a video uploaded on October 30th, an Uber driver repeatedly asks a passenger to give him directions, and the passenger can be heard slurring, burping, and generally being unable to give directions. At about two minutes into the video, the driver flips his dashcam around.
At about 2:30, the driver pulls into a parking lot and says "sorry man, I gotta kick you out."
"You're too drunk to give me directions," he says.
The passenger argues with the driver for about a minute, but the driver says he's already ended the trip and tells the passenger to get out of the car, or he'll call the police.
At about 3:20, the passenger starts hitting the driver in the face. About 10 seconds into the attack, the driver is able to turn around and spray the passenger with pepper spray.
You can check out the video below:
The driver, Edward Caban, tells the story like this:
It all started when i got a ping while in Newport Beach to pick up a passenger near baja sharkies on the peninsula in Newport, the passenger was incredibly intoxicated and when i pulled up, he came up to the window and asked if I was an uber driver, he appeared to be on the phone with another driver, asking him about what car he was driving. I said yes, and he immediately got in. I confirmed destination, my gps said the black night at the triangle in Costa Mesa, I asked if this was correct, he said yeah, im close to there ill tell you where to go, I asked again if he could just give me his address because I have been down this road before. He refused and insisted on telling me where to trun. We start driving, he begins fading in and out of consciousness while become belligerent and aggressive, and refusing to put his seat belt on, swearing at me, telling me to "fucking turn this piece of shit around" I didn't feel comfortable when I picked him up and I no longer wanted him in the car at this point. 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. He insisted on continuing, even though I had already ended the ride. We went back and fourth a bit before I told him if he didnt get out i would call the police. At which point he opened his door and began beating me over the head. I fumbled with the safety on the pepper spray while trying to protect my face with my other arm, I broke free from him grabbing me by the hair on the back of my head, and sprayed his face until he got out of the car, at which point i left the vehicle. Uber drivers don't get paid enough to deal with this shit.
Being an Uber driver and dealing with drunks surely sucks, and this is about as bad as it can get.
6abc reports that the passenger has been identified, and is facing assault charges.