SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An Uber driver in San Francisco was assaulted and coughed-upon by a woman riding with two other women after he refused them service for not wearing masks, in an attack the driver captured on video.
San Francisco police also said one of the women sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle and toward the driver after leaving the vehicle. The incident happened Sunday at about 12:45 p.m. at San Bruno Ave. and Silver Ave.
The video was shot on Sunday by the driver, identified as 32-year-old Subharkar Khadka. In it, three women are seen in the back seat berating the driver using profanities. At one point, the woman who coughed on the driver also grabbed his cellphone from the center dash area and ripped off the facemask he was wearing.
The driver said he had pulled over to tell the women to wear facemasks and the driver is heard telling the women to get out of his car. The video begins with one woman telling the driver, “F— the masks!” and then repeatedly coughing at him.
Uber confirmed the incident and in an email to KPIX 5 said, “The behavior seen in the video is appalling. The rider no longer has access to Uber.”
San Francisco police said the driver was able to regain possession of his phone from the woman and the three women fled after the attack.