He told Lettman that he intended to wait for the police to arrive and would not be paying for his fare. I know America is better than this and despite the hate we have to deal with from a few, my heart tells me, the world is mostly good. He apologized for being a stupid drunk. Well done for keeping your cool, Shawn Lettman, and best of luck going forward! Ortiz believes he and his friends were treated differently because of their ethnicity and sexual orientation. Not to play you music. Nobody is shaming him he's a shame unto himself. I just wanted everyone to know that I really appreciate all your kind words and I really thank each and everyone for their donations.
This is the United States. Lyft driver Shawn Pepas Lettman of Brooklyn, N. Lettman set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. If he can turn this into a teachable moment, good for him. I was willing to forgive him for his drink actions and we got over it.
Lettman to express our support. It contains details about the types of data we collect, how we use it, and your data protection rights. Lettmen because of your comments. Lettman to express our support. The driver, Shawn Pepas Lettman, remained admirably calm.
Robert Ortiz was filmed by his driver, Shawn Pepas Lettman, engaging in a more than 16-minute tirade filled with racial slurs and accusations of anti-gay discrimination. He said he does not want any pity; he just wants to put everything in the past. Possibly they simply asked for the driver to put on music. I just wanted to share that bit with everyone. On the other hand, the passenger was clearly and actually racist, going by the actual evidence in the video. Boing Boing is published under except where otherwise noted.
They only keep them around as Aunt Tom's to deflect valid accusations of homophobia. Robert Ortiz left had his Lyft account permanently disabled after a video of him berating driver Shawn Pepas Lettman right went viral. As for Lettman, he received kind words, praise, and donations from the people of the internet. As a father of 2 my single means of providing for my wife and children is driving a rideshare, accommodating people from all walks of life, All of which i treat with the utmost respect, after all I must provide for my family. After Ortiz recited his name and phone number on the video, internet sleuths did some digging. I really dont want to hear the crap. Driver : When my mother died she taught me a very important lesson, which was always useful but more now than ever.
You just smell it in the air. Ortiz description of the problem provides no context for that assumption. To contact the team of moderators, write to. But when things got heated in the car, the driver pressed a button on his phone and recorded the whole 16-minute tirade. Dude is an entitled prick. Because using that same logic, I can claim that your are biased against black men because other posters unrelated to this post have shown their biases against black men before.
You're gonna tell me to stop talking? The video ends just as Ortiz gets ready to repeat his argument yet again. Related: After Letterman uploaded the video of Ortiz online, it quickly went viral, leading to Ortiz being at a local urgent health care clinic. When Ortiz requested certain music, Lettman declined, which left Ortiz absolutely furious. They got into an argument and the driver pulled over. He was abruptly told no. This behavior does not represent the values of our team or the values we hold dear.
But matters descended even further when the driver started recording what was going on in the back of his car. New York is a one-party consent state, which means that it's legal to record someone as long as one person involved has consented. All of which I treat with the utmost respect, after all, I must provide for my family. Also people that think they are superior to other people you know. Also I have heard some rumors about a lawsuit coming my way from the use of the video captured on my phone and I want to be fully prepared if that does happens. It was just things that I said because I felt just some sort of way at that moment. Dumb it down enough for you? There are dozens of verified instances of Uber and Lyft drivers tossing Gay fares out of their cars.