Video shows Lyft driver kicking woman out of car for racist comment – NBC10 Philadelphia

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The video of the Lyft driver, in which two passengers of Lehigh Valley make racist comments and one of them is kicked out of the car, goes viral.

James Baud, Lyft driver, posted a video from the cabin of his car to his Facebook page late Friday night. Since then, the video has garnered millions of views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and more.

The incident took place Friday night near the Catasauqua bar, Fossil’s Last Stand, in Lehigh County.

District police have confirmed they are investigating the incident. Police say the woman in the video is Jackie Harford, who owns Fossil’s.

Video, lasting just over a minute, begins when Harford gets into Bode’s car. He asks if this is a trip for “Jackie” and she confirms that.

“You’re like a white guy,” Harford says, sitting in the car by the back passenger. Bode asks, “What is this?”

“What are you, white guy?” Harford asks, then walks to the center of the car. “Are you a normal guy?” Harford says. “Do you speak English?”

A quick pause before Harford laughs, pats Bod on the shoulder and apologizes. Bode then tells her to get out of the car, saying that what Harford said was inappropriate.

“If someone wasn’t white and sat in this place, what would be the difference?” Bode asked.

The back passenger door of the car is still open, and Bode repeats to a man, unidentified at the time, standing by the car that he will not drive.

“Really?” the man says, “You’re x —– r a – a hole.”

Bode points to the camera in the car and tells the man that everything is on video.

“I’ll punch you in the face,” says the man Bode.

Bode calls the couple “racist devils” when Harford gets out of the car.

That’s when a man calls him. “[n-word] lover ”.

Bode throws back the window and tells the couple that he is calling the police.

Katasaukua Police Chief Douglas Tish confirmed that Bode had made a police report at 10:27 p.m. Friday. He said the incident continues to be investigated.

The elevator answered the Bode video version has over 3.3 million views on Twitter.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Lyft driver @ Jameswb333 for the immediate cessation of this hatred and the preservation of our anti-discrimination policy of intolerance, “said Lift.” We are considering these riders and contacting James to thank them. “

Calls made to Fossil’s Last Stand early Monday afternoon did not pass. Their website and Facebook pages have been deactivated.

Yelp and TripAdvisor closed comments for both pages of the bar after they were flooded with negative reviews and ratings in one star.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Bode’s initial post on Facebook from the video received nearly 4,000 comments.

Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful. However, in a message early Monday morning, Bode expressed gratitude for the support he saw.

“But it must be everywhere, every time,” Bode wrote. – I don’t have to be the “guy” who did it or said it… we all have to be that kind of person. Speak when you are uncomfortable because it makes them uncomfortable as it should be. B ** a racism, ”Bode wrote.

Dean Durant of NBC10 said the father of the Lyft driver died last year, and people who saw the viral video are donating to cover the cost of his funeral. Others share invigorating tips with his Lyft.

Fossil’s Last Stand was closed on weekends and Mondays.

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