As much as I hate threatening peoples’ livelihoods, I think the answer here is an obvious “yes,” right?
Lyft driver calls someone a f****** n*****
I’ve often written about what a frustrating experience it can be to drive in Miami, as I’m convinced we have the worst drivers in the United States (and possibly the worst drivers in the world). As a defensive, alert driver, I’d say that maybe every 10 minutes I’m on the road in Miami, I nearly get into an accident, as someone swerves in front of me, etc.
Honestly, the poor quality of drivers in Miami is one of the reasons I just choose to stay home most of the time. For those situations where I take an Uber or Lyft, I feel like there’s a near miss every few minutes, especially if the driver isn’t defensive. My point is simply to say that I have really low expectations of rideshare drivers in Florida, but even I was shocked by what I heard today.
Long story short, this morning I was in a Lyft on a street with two lanes in each direction. We were in the left lane and needed to get into the right lane to make a turn, but the person to the right of us wouldn’t let us in. Now, if it were me, I’d slow down and get behind the person that clearly doesn’t want to let me in, but the Lyft driver just kept trying to get in ahead of this guy. Of course he wasn’t budging, because this is Miami, and his fragile masculinity was at risk if he couldn’t show his superiority on the road.
When we missed our turn, the driver said “I’m not racist, but f****** n*****.”
If I were the driver and someone in my car said that, I would have kicked them out. But since I was in someone else’s car and I wasn’t sure how he’d respond if I called him out on that horrible remark, I didn’t say anything. After a minute he said “sorry about that,” without expanding on what exactly he was apologizing for.
Reporting this Lyft driver is the right thing to do, right?
I mean, what a horrible thing for someone to say. And of course I can’t help but note how he started his sentence with “I’m not racist, but…” That’s like insulting someone, but starting your sentence by saying “with all due respect” — like, it doesn’t change the substance of what you’re saying. And yes, if you say that you are being racist, full stop.
I feel strongly that I should report this driver to Lyft. This kind of behavior is simply totally unacceptable, and it’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard a ridesharing driver say.
I guess my slight hesitation is that I recognize that people rely on these platforms to make a living, and I’d hate to threaten someone’s livelihood. At the same time, if you’re going to act like this, you should expect there are consequences for your actions. That’s most definitely not the first time that he has thought that, and I have to imagine it’s not the first time that he has said that.
And let me just state authoritatively that there are bad drivers in Miami of all races, nationalities, etc.
I guess the other unfortunate reality of living in Miami is that there are just a lot of really crappy people. I barely bat an eyelid when I hear racism, homophobia, etc., since it’s just accepted by many as fine.
While I’ve had some bad ridesharing experiences, I’ve never seen someone be so openly racist before. My Lyft driver wasn’t happy about another driver who was (admittedly) being an aggressive jerk, but it doesn’t excuse making a racist comment.
Would you report the driver in this situation?