- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2016

Ride-sharing company Lyft has fired a Salt Lake City driver who was caught on video making anti-Muslim comments before kicking two supporters of Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, out of his vehicle.

Passenger Samuel Grenny, who was on his way to a Bernie Sanders for President party with his girlfriend, Sara Day, posted video of the exchange on his Facebook page Thursday.

Shortly after learning that the couple supported Mr. Sanders, the driver, who was not named, started talking about businessman Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, Mr. Grenny told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Mr. Grenny then criticized the GOP candidate’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants entering the U.S., when the driver allegedly declared that, “Muslims are terrorists and pieces of [excrement].”

Mr. Grenny said the driver also called Hispanics “worthless and rapists” and threatened him physically.

The video shows the driver and Mr. Grenny shouting profanities at each other.

“You better watch your [expletive] mouth,” the driver says before threatening to kick the couple out of the car.

Mr. Grenny responds, “You told me in a cab that I’m paying for that Muslims are pieces of [excrement].”

“Muslims are pieces of [excrement],” the driver confirms. “Why don’t you pull your head out of your [expletive] ass.”

The driver then pulls over and kicks the couple out of the car. “[Expletive] you, get out of my car,” he says.

Mr. Grenny alerted Lyft about the incident. By Thursday, the San Francisco-based company sent him an apology and a refund, The Tribune reported.

Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said Friday that the driver had been fired.

“Lyft is committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming environment, and discrimination and racism are not tolerated. This driver’s access to Lyft has been permanently removed,” Ms. LaManna said.

Mr. Grenny said that he is happy with Lyft’s response.

“We are not hating on Lyft. This could happen to any service,” he said. “They have now taken appropriate action, and we are extremely satisfied with the role they have played.”

The Tribune’s efforts to further identify the driver and reach him for comment, were unsuccessful.

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