Charlotte Uber passenger tells driver to ‘go back to Asia’ – WSOC TV
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A Charlotte Uber passenger was filmed on Saturday night telling his driver to “Go back to Asia.”
Outhay Chokbengboun drives for Uber part-time.
The longtime Charlotte resident from Laos spoke exclusively to Channel 9 about the incident and said he had never experienced anything like what happened to him on Saturday night.
“I don’t understand why people want to do this,” he said. “I’m just trying to do my job, and be on my way, that’s all.”
Chokbengboun said he picked up a small group who ended up wanting to go to a different destination than the one entered in the app.
“They don’t want to go to the bar and I was like ‘You have to change this on your phone’, I’m like ‘I can’t do this, I’m driving,'” he said.
He said the situation started to escalate with one of the runners and he decided to go to a gas station to let them out.
In the driver’s dash cam video, one of the passengers can be heard asking the driver, “Sir, can I bribe you to take us home?” Before another passenger said, “No, we don’t want to go home with that f ***** a ******.
The camera recorded this runner using both profanity and racist slurs towards Chokbengboun.
Then she said she was calling 911.
“I’m just trying to be calm and you know, let her do her thing and I just want her to get out of my car, but she started coming behind my car and stuff like that and wanted my address.” , did he declare.
In a cellphone video outside the car, the woman could then be heard saying, “F ***** a ****** Go back to Asia.”
“She said to go back to your country,” Chokbengboun said. “I was like, ‘I don’t understand that, why do you have to say all this? What have I done to you? I just drive.
This is the latest hate incident that we have seen unfold on video across the country, particularly against Asian Americans.
Channel 9 checked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and as of May, no documented anti-Asian hate crimes had been reported since 2019.
Police note that for an incident to be classified as a hate crime, it must meet certain basic elements.
Channel 9 tried to contact the woman in the video via her work email and a listed phone number, but was unable to contact her.
Her employer told Channel 9 he has zero tolerance for discrimination and she has since resigned from her job.
Uber removed the woman’s access to her app, calling the actions in the video “appalling.”
Chokbengboun told Channel 9 he had this message for those who see the video: “Treat others as you want to be treated. “
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