The man who was caught on camera viciously assaulting a Los Angeles area Uber driver, has found himself out of a job.
Benjamin Golden, a senior marketing manager for Taco Bell, got into the car of Uber driver Edward Caban on October 30 at about 8 p.m. Golden was very drunk, refused to put on his seatbelt, and could not give Caban clear directions on where he wanted to go. Caban keeps a camera in his car in case he needs evidence of a problem with a passenger, and the whole incident was captured on video.
The video shows Golden falling over in the back seat. Caban says to him, “You’re too drunk to give me directions, man. I’m kicking you out. Get out of my car or I will call the police.”
Suddenly Golden begins attacking Caban. He pulls Caban’s hair, and repeatedly punches and slaps the driver. He finally gets out of the vehicle when Caban begins to douse him with pepper spray.
Thanks to this incident, Golden is out of a job as a senior marketing manager at Taco Bell. AdWeek reports that Taco Bell confirmed Golden’s termination in an email, which reads in part:
Given the behavior of the individual, it is clear he can no longer work for us. We have also offered and encouraged him to seek professional help.
CBS News reports that following the incident, Caban has temporarily stopped driving for Uber, out of concern for his safety. Uber drivers are finding out what taxi drivers already know: providing rides to strangers is a dangerous occupation. According to statistics, being a taxi driver or a chauffeur is a more dangerous job in America than being a police officer. When you consider that many taxis now have a partition between the driver and passengers, something that Uber drivers don’t have, it may turn out that driving for Uber is more dangerous than driving a taxi.
Fortunately in this case no one was seriously injured. Golden was charged with assault and public intoxication.
Here’s a report, from CBS News:
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