Rider kicked out of Lyft by furious driver who screamed 'f**k your mom' in WILD video
Passenger Aaron Swetland, who was once a ride-share driver himself, said, 'I had a brief moment of 'well does she have a weapon?''
An average ride home from the Nashville International Airport turned sour for passenger Aaron Swetland as his Lyft driver was less than hospitable. This altercation ended with the driver kicking him out and throwing his luggage on the road. And of course, as it goes in this day and age, it became a viral video.
Swetland who goes by @aaron0383 on TikTok first shared a video of the incident on the video-sharing platform. Later it was picked up on other websites, and even a local news broadcast.
Lyft driver in Tennessee freaks out and leaves a passenger on the side of the road pic.twitter.com/YBUwjJkMPi— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 15, 2021
The video opens with him asking the driver to go the speed limit, to which she turns to shout at him before noticing he was filming their conversation. She then tried to grab the phone from his hands to which Swetland laughed and said, “Okay.” It was at that point that the driver screamed, “Get out of my car now,” a couple of times. “You’re gonna have to open that trunk. I’m not going anywhere ’til you open that trunk,’ he told the driver as she stopped the car. “You gonna have to get my bag out of your car.” The driver angrily got out of the car as Swetland continued to explain that he just wanted his bag.
Muttering away to herself, the driver opened the boot and threw his suitcase out, which fell quite a bit away from Swetland and the car. “You little b***h,” she told Swetland while closing the trunk and passenger door, visibly enraged. "F**k you and f**k your mom too,” she added before walking back to the driver’s seat barefoot. She continued to shout something which was unintelligible, before driving away. A visibly tickled Swetland laughed at the end of the video and said, “That just happened to me.”
This @lyft driver was last seen barefoot in Tennessee kicking out a passenger on the side of the road and the passenger says it was because he asked the driver to follow the speed limit and roll up the windows. pic.twitter.com/3zk21utlSv— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 15, 2021
Speaking to WTFV about the incident, Swetland, who was once a ride-share driver himself, said, "so I attempt to raise the window on the door and she has it locked out. First tip that something is kind of whack for me was like 'wait, you've taken control away from me to be able to do that?' That seemed kind of odd."
His Lyft driver informed him it was a Covid rule to keep the windows open. "So then I ask her if she doesn't mind to just reduce her speed — maybe that would be more pleasant for me if we're going to have to keep the windows down," he told WTVF. That’s when things reportedly escalated. Swetland said, "that's when I turned on my camera."
While he was calm during the incident, he told WTVF, "when she yanked my bag out of the vehicle and then returned to the trunk I had a brief moment of 'well does she have a weapon?'" He added, "This really can happen to anybody and you really kind of have to be cautious of your surroundings and just be aware. In this particular instance, for me, it was a change in tone, in attitude. She was very aggressive for no reason at all. Just be safe and watch out for yourself — nobody else is doing it so you gotta do it for yourself."
Following the incident, Lyft announced that it had suspended the driver. In a statement, Lyft said: "Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the incident shown in the video is concerning. We have reached out to the rider to offer our support and have suspended the driver's account pending a complete investigation."