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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lyft Driver Lashes Out at Cameraman (Video)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

click to enlarge A shrine for Sophia Liu, who was killed by an Uber driver on New Year's Eve. - NBC
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  • A shrine for Sophia Liu, who was killed by an Uber driver on New Year's Eve.

As the turf war between cabbies and car-hire startups escalates in Paris, it continues to stew in San Francisco, where taxi drivers have taken to their cell phones to document instances of Uber and Lyft drivers behaving badly.

One such video was rebroadcast on local news station NBC this morning, showing a nasty altercation between a driver who'd idled his pink-mustachioed vehicle in front of a fire hydrant at a crosswalk handicapped ramp, and a pedestrian who began filming this spectacularly illegal parking job.

In follow-up interviews, the pedestrian characterized himself as an out-of-work cab driver who cares strongly about the cause. The Lyft driver said he was on his "personal time" checking on his father's robbery-plagued liquor store. He felt "threatened" by the impromptu video.

That this footage came to light just two weeks after an Uber driver killed a 6-year-old girl doesn't exactly burnish the image of app-based transit. We're waiting on comment from Lyft.

Here's the video, courtesy of NBC:

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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