The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of us all.
Yet, not all heroes are working in the hospitals, as there are numerous other people who make daily sacrifices to serve others and continue doing their jobs.
When one San Francisco woman refused to wear a mask, and then coughed on her Uber driver, and attempted to steal his phone and mask, authorities criminally charged her.
On March 7, 2021, in San Francisco, three young women called an Uber. When it arrived, one of them, Arna Kimiai, refused to put on her face mask.
The driver, Subhakar Khadka, recorded the entire scene on an in-car camera.
When the woman kept refusing to wear a mask, he pulled over at a gas station and asked her to get out of the vehicle.
The 24-year-old woman and her two friends were upset by the driver’s request to take them where they wanted to go, and started shouting racial slurs, and demanded to be driven to their desired destination.
Kimiai then reached around the back seat and pulled off the man’s mask.
At this point, she coughed on him, and eventually left the car and tried to pepper spray Khadka before leaving the scene.
She was consequently charged by authorities as follows:
- Assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury against a transit operator
- First-degree attempted robbery on a transit operator for trying to take his phone from the dashboard of his car
- Battery on a transportation driver and violation of a local Covid-19 health ordinance
The robbery charges were dropped since, but the other charges remain. If convinced, the young woman faces up to 16 years in prison and fines of up to $3000.
One of the two other girls, the 24-year-old Malaysia King, has been charged in the incident as well.
In the video, she can be heard shouting, “I’ve got corona!”.
She was arrested in Las Vegas and returned to San Francisco. She has been charged with battery on a transportation driver and violation of a local Covid-19 health ordinance.
The Las Vegas Police explains that King was arrested for trying to use a fake ID to illegally withdraw funds from a bank account.
The incident shocked and chook the driver, understandably.
“I never said anything bad to them. I never cursed, I was not raised that way. I don’t hit people, I am not raised that way. If I was another complexion, I would have not gotten that treatment from them.”
Moreover, Uber banned Kimiai from ever using Uber again. Appalled by her actions, Lyft banned her, too.
Finally, Uber paid Khadka $120 to have his car cleaned, and to remove the pepper spray.
Khadka was supported by the public, and people even launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help him out. Although the initial goal of raising was $20,000, it has raised over $106,200 so far.
The two girls are awaiting court dates where a judge will determine the final ruling.