Ride-share driver kicks passengers out over 'racist' comments

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A ride-share driver's encounter with a couple booking a ride has gone viral after the couple were kicked out of the car for making racist remarks.

The video was shared to Facebook by Lyft driver James W. Bode who was behind the wheel on Friday night when he went to pick up a woman in Pennsylvania in the US.

Mr Bode greets a woman named Jackie, as she gets into his car.

"Wow, you're like a white guy," she says, as Mr Bode turns to look at her with a shocked look on his face.

"What's that?" he asks.

"You’re like a normal guy, like you speak English," Jackie says, before reaching over and patting his arm and apologising.

He then calmly tells the woman she can get out of his car and says what she said was inappropriate.

The Lyft driver was shocked when the woman seemed relieved when she saw he was white. Source: Facebook
The Lyft driver was shocked when the woman seemed relieved when she saw he was white. Source: Facebook

"It's completely inappropriate, if somebody was not white sitting in this seat what would be the difference? he asked the woman, who is sitting in the back with a look of shock on her face.

A man goes to follow the woman into the back seat and Mr Bode explains to him what she said, and that he won't be driving the two of them.

"You're a f**king asshole," the man says to Mr Bode, who tells the man the entire interaction is on camera.

"I should punch you in the f**king face," the man then added.

"You're going to threaten me? With assault? Because you guys are racist f**ks?" Mr Bode says as the woman gets out of the car.

The argument heats up as the pair gets out of the car.

The man calls Mr Bode a "F***ing N***** lover" and said "f**k you" before slamming the door. Mr Bode looks to get out of his car and the man tells him to "get the f**k out of here".

Mr Bode responds saying he is calling the police, and that "it is all on camera". He mocks the bar the couple came from and tells them to "f**k off" before the video cuts out.

Driver praised for standing up to racism

The bar in question has since been hit with negative reviews, many calling out the racism after the video went viral.

After the video went viral on multiple platforms, Mr Bode made two posts addressing the ordeal, the first was to thank people for their support, the second to ask people not to wrongfully identify the two people involved.

"For everyone reaching out and showing support, thank you. I appreciate it, truly. But this is the way it should be everywhere, every time," he said.

"I shouldn’t be 'the guy' who did it or said it…we should all be that person. Speak up if you’re uncomfortable with it because it makes them uncomfortable, as they should be. F**k racism."

In the second post he said he had been made aware of some people misidentifying the man in the video as someone else, and asked for anyone who identified the wrong man on social media to remove their post and apologise.

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