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Women cough on, pepper spray Nepalese Uber driver

Screengrab from video on Twitter

Three women were caught on tape for their verbal and physical assault on a Nepalese Uber driver who refused to continue driving them after they ignored his request that they wear masks for the duration of the ride, Arab News reports

In the video, one woman is shown ripping her mask off and purposefully coughing on the driver, Subhakar Khadkas, even after he repeatedly asked her to keep her mask on. She then proceeded to lunge forward and snatch his cell phone before pulling Khadkas’s own mask off and throwing it to the side. 

Khadkas said that after they finally left the car, one of the women stuck her hand into the front passenger window and pepper-sprayed him.

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) identified and arrested one woman, Malaysia King, “on suspicion of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery and other charges.” Another woman, Arna Kimiai, the one who coughed on Khadkas and attempted to steal his phone, told SFPD through legal counsel that she would be turning herself in.

Khadkas told ABC7 that he feared for his life to the point that he was scared to go back to work. “You know the pepper spray that was sprayed inside my car, it was everywhere, it was literally everywhere,” he said.

Uber later banned at least one of the women shown in the video. “The behavior seen in the video is appalling. The rider no longer has access to Uber,” an Uber spokesperson told ABC7.

When Khadkas attempted to receive compensation from Uber for the pepper spray in his car, the company only offered him $20 at first. According to screenshots he shared with ABC7, he was only able to negotiate up a $120 fund.

As a result, a GoFundMe page started by Cyan Banister was created to help Khadkas pay for the expenses of refurbishing his car and his living expenses while he is unable to return to work due to trauma. The GoFundMe has raised over $80,000 in just three days.

In response to outrage sparked online due to her actions, Kimai posted a series of videos on her Instagram, claiming that “he had us f—ed up and cropped the video.”

She later went live on Instagram, claiming that she would sue Uber. Though she admitted that she was wrong in having coughed on Khadkas, she also claimed that he was lucky she “didn’t have anything on her.”

When she stated that she preferred Lyft, Lyft itself responded, saying that it had banned her from its rideshare services as well.

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