Lyft driver Shawn Pepas Lettman had an eventful weekend after one of his passengers decided to make a scene after his request to play music was declined.
“I came out of a gay club and your driver is racist against gay people,” the passenger said, on the phone with Lyft customer support while saying he felt threatened by the unmoving driver. As Lettman, who lives in Brooklyn, records the event, the passenger insists that he’s being racially targeted for not “being black”, that he’s going to sue the pickup car service, and that he wants the $8.01 back he was charged for the partial ride from Lettman.
Between calls to Lyft and the police, where he insists police use their resources to come to the scene, the passenger proclaims that he knows his rights as an American citizen that voted for Donald Trump, and that he’s going to make Lettman’s night “a living hell.” The passenger proceeds to video call one of his friends that he was on the way to meet and describes the driver with racial slurs. “Tell me why I’m in a Lyft and the n*gger fucking pulled over… The n*gger’s recording me without my consent.”
For his part, Lettman kept up an impressively impassive face during the encounter and let viewers know that he had been suspended from Lyft pending investigation at the time he posted the video. He has since been reinstated and has raised over $22,000 on a GoFundMe page he created when he was unsure of the future of his job. Watch, below.