A University of Michigan student's profanity laced rant against an Uber driver landed him in some seriously hot water.
The video in question was taken by 50-year-old Artur Zawada, an Uber driver based out of Ann Arbor who claims he was verbally assaulted by a University of Michigan freshman named Jake Croman.
In the 33-second video, which currently boasts over 326,000 views, you can see Croman dressed in a black jacket, recording his own cell phone video and ranting about Zawada. He says,
They don't give a sh*t about you. They don't give two f*cks. There's 50 of you, and there is one of me here. Who spends the most money, you little f*ck? Yeah, f*ck you, Artur, you little faggot f*ck. You wanna kick me off? Kick me off, you little piece of sh*t. You're an Uber driver. Go f*cking drive, you little f*ck. Minimum-wage faggot. Go f*ck yourself... You're working all day? Guess what? I'm going to sit on my ass and watch TV. F*ck you.
Here is where it gets tricky.
According to The Tab, Croman said the video “shows one side of an argument" he had with Zawada, claiming Zawada refused to drive him because of his religious beliefs. He went on to say,
I am not proud of my reaction to his discrimination and I regret my choice of words. Shortly after the verbal altercation, I filed a complaint with the Ann Arbor police department and they are now dealing with the issue.
Zawada denied these claims, telling The Tab he had a previous bad experience with Croman. He said,
I already told him I would never take him again. He knew that but he didn't cancel the trip. I pulled in, I didn't even say anything to the guy, and that happened. So I pulled out my cell phone and recorded him. He should just have canceled before I came over. They were looking for trouble. They were hoping I would lose my cool.
A spokesperson for the University of Michigan now released a statement to BuzzFeed, seemingly taking the side of Zawada, saying,
Our dean of students has talked with both the Uber driver and the students. We are extremely disappointed in the behavior depicted in this video. No one should be treated with such disrespect.
Croman's frat, Tau Kappa Epsilon, also released a statement sort of siding with Zawada, saying,
We are extremely disappointed by the individual's demeaning words. As an organization founded on the personal worth and character of the individual, our members come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds of race, creed and orientation. At the conclusion of our swift, thorough investigation, we will handle the situation with appropriate action. Depending on the details of the investigation, this could include the expulsion of membership.