An Israeli diplomat in Chicago was thrown out of an Uber after answering his phone in Hebrew. The company has removed the driver from its app.
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Itay Milner, the Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, says an Uber driver threw him out of the car for speaking on his phone in Hebrew.
“I just had the worst experience of my life,” Milner wrote on his Facebook page. “I was just thrown out of an Uber in the middle of the highway only because I answered my phone in my mother tongue.”
“Ten minutes into my ride, with no prior interaction between the driver and myself, it took only two words in Hebrew to get my driver (to) start yelling at me, ‘Get the $#@* out of my car!'” he added. “When I asked him if it’s because I’m speaking Hebrew he said yes and kept yelling at me to get out.”
“I never thought something like this could happen in America, such awful racism,” Milner concluded. “This cannot be tolerated!”
Uber said in response, “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination. We are reaching out to the rider to extend our support for the experience he described here. As soon as we were made aware of this, we removed the driver’s access from the app as we look further into this.”