Lyft Praised for Banning Maskless Woman Filmed Coughing on Uber Driver

Ride-hailing app Lyft said they have banned a woman who was filmed assaulting and coughing on an Uber driver from using their service.

San Francisco Police confirmed they are investigating reports that an Uber driver was attacked after picking up three women on Sunday, March 7.

A clip of the incident shows one of the women who was not wearing a mask reaching for the driver's phone, ripping off his mask, and coughing in his direction during an argument.

Police said one of the women also sprayed what is believed to be pepper spray into the vehicle after they exited the car.

The woman who was seen taking the phone later posted a video onto Instagram admitting some of her actions were "disrespectful."

But she also said the driver, later identified as 32-year-old Subhakar Khadka, should not have kicked the friends out on the freeway.

"That's why I take Lyft," the woman adds before stating she plans on suing Uber over the incident.

In a tweet, Lyft said that they have made the decision to remove the woman from their app because of the "unacceptable" treatment of the Uber driver.

"Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform, the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video compelled us to permanently remove the rider from the Lyft community," the company said.

"Driving in a pandemic is not easy. Please wear a mask, respect one another, and be a good person."

Although this incident did not involve the Lyft platform, the unacceptable treatment of the driver in this video compelled us to permanently remove the rider from the Lyft community. Driving in a pandemic is not easy. Please wear a mask, respect one another, and be a good person.

— Lyft (@lyft) March 9, 2021

Uber had previously confirmed that the woman seen in the video no longer has access to the app.

The tweet from Lyft was met with praise among social media users and has since been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

"Thank you for standing up for your drivers and all drivers, and being proactive in this situation," wrote @msawarenessfam. "This woman should be sued by the driver, if they haven't already done so."

Another Twitter user added: "Thank you for doing the right thing Lyft. Far too many people in this country have forgotten what it is to be decent and treat others respectfully.

"The drivers provide a very essential service many times and have to put up with unbelievably bad conduct."

This is responsible corporate policy. https://t.co/S4cVBMmhW0

— Patricia 🇺🇸🌵 (@pilarwish) March 10, 2021

Speaking to CBS San Francisco, Khadka says he believes he was harassed by the woman because he is a South Asian.

"I never said anything bad to them, I never cursed, I was not raised that way. I don't hit people, I am not raised that way, so they were not getting out of my car," said Khadka.

Lyft has been contacted for further comment.

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A Lyft logo is displayed on a vehicle driving through Times Square, March 19, 2019 in New York City. Lyft have said they have banned a woman who coughed on an Uber driver from using their service. Drew Angerer/Getty Images