<p>The Uber driver before we was assaulted by one of his passengers</p>

The Uber driver before we was assaulted by one of his passengers

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An abusive passenger coughed on, assaulted and attempted to steal the mobile phone of a San Francisco Uber driver, all because he merely asked her to wear a mask.

A viral video that has surfaced shows three women sitting in the back of a car verbally abusing Subhakar Khadka, the driver of the Uber.

One of the trio, who is unmasked, begins to violently cough on him, propelling herself forward to snatch his phone, which is hooked up to the car’s dashboard.

“I never said anything bad to them, I never cursed, I was not raised that way. I don’t hit people, I am not raised that way.” He said speaking to KXIX 5.

He described picking up three passengers on Sunday in the Bayview area of the city. After seeing that one of the women were not wearing a mask, he requested she does so. When it was revealed she did not have one on her, Khadka drove her to a nearby petrol station. This move led her to lose her temper, yelling “F*** the mask!” and lunged at him.

After their removal from the vehicle, Khadka reported a funny smell that impacted his breathing. Police believe it to be pepper spray.

Responding to the clip, Uber have banned the assailant from using the ride-sharing app, in a statement, they said, “the ride no longer has access to Uber.”

Despite this ban, Uber have not fully compensated Khadka for the damage caused by the passengers. In a series of text messages seen by ABC 7, Khadka said the cost of repair was $250 (£180) but the company only gave him $120 (£86), initially offering him $20 (£14).

Khadka believes we experienced this treatment because he is an immigrant from Nepal, saying “it’s easy for them to intimidate me.”

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