A Miami man claims his Lyft driver pulled out a gun, called him homophobic slurs, and said he wanted to kill all gay people before assaulting and throwing him out of the car, NBC 6 reports.
“I can tell he was with an attitude, and even from the beginning with this bad energy,” says Andres Berreondo, who had two boxes in the backseat and had to ride in the passenger seat.
The driver allegedly became enraged when Berreondo pointed out that he wasn’t following GPS, brandishing a gun and telling the passenger, “I want to kill everyone that is gay.”
Fearing for his life, Berreondo called 911. After about 10 minutes, he says, the driver finally forced him out of the vehicle.
“I start getting scared and somehow he stops,” Berreondo continues. “He pulled me out like that and kicked me in the leg.”
Berreondo, who wants the driver apprehended, says he’s sharing his story in hopes that Lyft will become more careful with whom they hire. “What happened if it was another person? Or what would happen if right now I would be dead?”
Miami police is currently investigating the incident.
“The safety of our community is Lyft’s top priority, and the behavior described here is unacceptable,” says a Lyft representative in a statement. “There is no place in the Lyft community for discrimination or violence of any kind. As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we permanently deactivated the driver. We have been in contact with the passenger to offer our full support, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation.”
While both Lyft and rival ride-sharing company Uber include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies for drivers and passengers, multiple cases of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence have been reported by passengers.
A Chicago Lyft driver was arrested last year after allegedly pulling a gun on a gay couple. RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Aja and boyfriend Lizard Lemon were reportedly kicked out of a Lyft in New York for kissing.