DC Karen banned from Uber after berating black driver in racist outburst


A Washington, DC, woman is being branded a ‘Karen’ after video surfaced of her hurling racist insults at her black Uber driver Wednesday morning.

The expletive laden encounter was recorded by a passerby and has since gone viral – and ultimately led to the woman being banned from the ride-sharing app later that day.

Neither the driver nor the rider have been publicly identified. DC police, meanwhile, are looking into the incident, which saw the customer repeatedly slam the driver as a ‘slave’ and a ‘n****r.’

In a statement Wednesday, Uber said that they were already ‘in touch with the driver,’ and confrimed that ‘the rider’s account has been banned from the app.’

A Twitter account covering community news in the D.C. area reshared the bystander’s clip Wednesday, garnering national attention and more than 2million views in a matter of hours.

‘I’m your fucking boss,’ the woman can be heard saying at one point in the footage, in which she is seen shoving the driver. ‘You’re a little piece of shit, n****r.’

A Washington, DC, woman is being branded a ‘Karen’ after video surfaced of her hurling racist insults at her black Uber driver Wednesday morning

The expletive laden encounter was recorded by a passerby and has since gone viral - and ultimately led to the woman being banned from the ride-share app later that day

The expletive laden encounter was recorded by a passerby and has since gone viral – and ultimately led to the woman being banned from the ride-share app later that day

The footage, filmed from inside of a building that overlooked the encounter, begins with an SUV parked on the street below with its back passenger door open.

Just outside the vehicle, a man and woman can be seen arguing on the sidewalk. The woman’s tone during the quarrel comes of as noticeably condescending and argumentative. 

It is not immediately clear what spurred the argument, though barbs between the two would suggest the blowup stemmed from a request to use the driver’s phone charger. The clip begins with the woman, who is white, complaining after apparently not getting her way.

The footage, filmed from inside of a building that overlooked the encounter, begins with an SUV parked on the street below with its back passenger door open

The footage, filmed from inside of a building that overlooked the encounter, begins with an SUV parked on the street below with its back passenger door open

'I'm your fucking boss,' the woman can be heard saying at one point in the footage, in which she is seen shoving the driver. 'You're a little piece of shit, n****r'

‘I’m your fucking boss,’ the woman can be heard saying at one point in the footage, in which she is seen shoving the driver. ‘You’re a little piece of shit, n****r’

Your phone was not plugged in!’ the woman shouts at first, after the driver apparently denied her request – potentially because he was charging his own phone. 

The video then shows the driver backing away from the woman as she walks toward him.

‘Get the f**k out of my face!’ the man shouts , attempting to distance himself from the disgruntled customer.

The woman, however, continues to press forward, shouting inches from the man’s face.  

At this point, the encounter grows increasingly contentious. ‘I employ you,’ the woman shouts defiantly, ‘I’m your boss.’ 

It is not immediately clear what spurred the argument, though barbs between the two would suggest the blowup stemmed from a request to use the driver's phone charger. The clip begins with the woman, who is white, complaining after apparently not getting her way

It is not immediately clear what spurred the argument, though barbs between the two would suggest the blowup stemmed from a request to use the driver’s phone charger. The clip begins with the woman, who is white, complaining after apparently not getting her way

'Your phone was not plugged in!' the woman shouts at first, after the driver apparently denied her request - potentially because he was charging his own phone. 'I'm your f***ing boss,' the woman continues, before beginning to level the first of many racist insults

‘Your phone was not plugged in!’ the woman shouts at first, after the driver apparently denied her request – potentially because he was charging his own phone. ‘I’m your f***ing boss,’ the woman continues, before beginning to level the first of many racist insults

Visibly irate, the man looks to back his rage, staying silent throughout the tirade – but keeping his hand outstretched as to gesture the woman to get out of his personal space.

‘I’m your f***ing boss,’ the woman continues, before beginning to level the first of many racist insults. 

‘You’re a little piece of shit, n****r,’ she shouts, repeating the slur several times as she starts to walk away.

The man, apparently fed-up with the woman’s behavior, at this point hurls back an insult of his own, calling the customer ‘a b***h.’ 

Druing the blowup, the man looks to back his rage, staying silent throughout the tirade - but keeping his hand outstretched as to gesture the woman to get out of his personal space

Druing the blowup, the man looks to back his rage, staying silent throughout the tirade – but keeping his hand outstretched as to gesture the woman to get out of his personal space

'Get the f**k out of my face!' the man shouts at one point in the clip, attempting to distance himself from the disgruntled customer

‘Get the f**k out of my face!’ the man shouts at one point in the clip, attempting to distance himself from the disgruntled customer

‘I’m a bitch?’ the woman responds. ‘You’re still a slave.’ 

The verbal battle quickly flares up once again, with the woman doubling down on her derogatory statements with several markedly worse. 

‘I asked for a phone charger, you fucking ignorant n****r,’ the woman shouts, berating  the man because her phone battery is low.

The clip ends after the woman continues to complain about her low battery, before hurling one more slur at the driver – and even shoving the man, despite his apparent attempts to avoid a physical exchange with the customer.

According to Uber, the employee seen in the footage reported the incident, and the rider’s behavior is currently being investigated. 

In the interim, her profile has been removed from the app, the company said.  

The San Francisco company did say, however, that the woman’s behavior as ‘sickening,’ saying it has ‘no place on the Uber platform or anywhere in society.’

The clip ends after the woman continues to complain about her low battery, before hurling one more slur at the driver - and even shoving the man, despite his apparent attempts to avoid a physical exchange with the customer. She has not yet been identified

The clip ends after the woman continues to complain about her low battery, before hurling one more slur at the driver – and even shoving the man, despite his apparent attempts to avoid a physical exchange with the customer. She has not yet been identified

The Metropolitan Police Department, meanwhile, has said that that without an official complaint, it cannot open its own investigation.

The force is therefore looking to see whether any reports received Wednesday coincide with the explosive exchange.

It is not yet clear if the driver reported the incident to local police. If he does, the woman could face charges of harassment and potentially even assault, due to her putting her hands on the staffer. 

In their statement Wednesday, an Uber spokesperson wrote that every customer’s experience should be a ‘safe, respectful, and positive’ one.

The ride-share giant, which is headquartered in Silicon Valley, on Wednesday commented directly under the post sharing the footage, writing, ‘Behavior like this is never okay. We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination.’

The firm then asked onlookers – many of whom voiced their outrage over the the incident – to contact them ‘if you have more information about the Uber rider or driver’

‘Please DM us so we can investigate this,’ the rep urged.

The ride-share giant, which is headquartered in Silicon Valley, on Wednesday commented directly under the post sharing the footage, during users to contact them if they had more information on the now widely seen incident

The ride-share giant, which is headquartered in Silicon Valley, on Wednesday commented directly under the post sharing the footage, during users to contact them if they had more information on the now widely seen incident

Neither the driver nor the rider has been publicly identified. Uber’s internal investigation is currently ongoing.

The Metropolitan Police Department, however, has said that that without an official complaint, it cannot open an official investigation, as is looking to see whether any reports received Wednesday coincide with the explosive exchange. 

The DCPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night. 

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