Video shows three women harassing and attacking San Francisco Uber driver Subhakar Khadka

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Subhakar Khadka, 32, a driver for Uber was verbally and physically assaulted by three passengers in San Francisco, March 7, 2021. Photo: GoFundMe

Subhakar Khadka, 32, a driver for Uber was verbally and physically assaulted by three passengers in San Francisco, California on March 7 after they refused to comply with Uber’s rider policy to wear facial masks during this Covid pandemic, a video that went viral shows.

According to San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), the victim, a Transportation Network Companies (TNC) driver picked up three female passengers at San Bruno Avenue and Felton Street at approximately 12:45pm. One of the passengers was not wearing a mask.

Khadka stopped and ended the ride a few minutes later at San Bruno and Silver Avenues.

An altercation occurred in which the unmasked woman is seen coughing on the driver and snatching his mask. She then reached over the driver’s seat and grabbed Khadka’s cellphone from his hands, which Khadka eventually retrieved.

The suspects exited the car and the third passenger reached into an open window and sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle and towards the driver, after which they fled the scene.

An Instagram account that appears to belong to one of the women in the car posted several public videos of the incident, according to ABC7 News.

The owner of the account claims that the driver was about to drop them off in a bad neighborhood or on the side of the freeway and that the video he shared did not capture the entire incident.

In the videos, the driver Khadka pulls into a gas station so that one of the women can buy a mask, but as she gets out of the car, the driver can be heard saying that he was canceling the ride.

“She started taunting me, cursing me, questioning me about being a man. The ladies were even talking about shooting me, calling their cousins to shoot me. They were making fun of my race,” Khadka told ABC7.

Cyan Banister, an early investor in Uber, set up a GoFundMe to help with his living expenses while he is unable to work due to the incident’s trauma. She says on the GoFundMe site that the cab company offered Khadka only $20 as compensation and later upped it to $120, which “appalled” her.

Support and donations from people came pouring in. A total amount of $61,401 was raised by March 11.

Responding to the video, Uber Support tweeted on March 8, “This behavior is completely unacceptable and goes against our Community Guidelines. Our team has investigated this situation and removed the Rider’s access to the Uber platform.”

The SFPD Robbery Unit is investigating the incident.

 

 

 

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