Lyft has fired a driver who allegedly told a gay D.C. man he was going to burn in hell, after picking him up at the Newseum’s “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” exhibit.
Greg Alexander told the Washington Blade that on March 7, at around 9pm, he was picked up from the museum and began talking to the driver, who asked what he had seen there. When Alexander told him, the driver, identified only as Jeremy, said, “Gay rights? What is that? Is this a new movement? There is no need for gay rights.”
As they approached Alexander’s residence, he said the driver asked him if anyone had ever told him God loves him, chanted Bible verses, and said, “Please God grant Greg salvation! He needs to accept Jesus Christ as his savior.”
When Alexander asked Jeremy to unlock the door and let him out of the car, the driver told him he would only do so if he prayed with him first. Alexander refused, opened the door, and got out. Once safely out of the vehicle, he asked what the man thought would happen to him since he is gay.
“You will burn in hell,” the driver told him, according to Alexander. “God loves everyone but he hates your sin.”
Alexander filed a complaint and got an automated reply. After the Washington Blade ran a story on the incident, Lyft followed up and told Alexander the driver had been fired. The Washington Blade reached out to the company and confirmed the firing.
“The behavior described is absolutely unacceptable. Safety is our top priority and there is no place in our community for harassment or discrimination of any kind. We have permanently banned the driver from the Lyft platform and reached out to the passenger to offer our support,” Campbell Matthews, a Lyft communications manager, told the publication.