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Gay man accuses Lyft driver of pulling a gun on him and using slurs

Gay man accuses Lyft driver of pulling a gun on him and using slurs

Andres Berreondo discussing his Lyft experience

A gay man in Miami, Florida is accusing a Lyft driver of pulling a gun on him and using homophobic slurs.

Andres Berreondo told local news station NBC 6 that he called a Lyft ride on Thursday (15 November) afternoon. He was traveling from his downtown apartment to the office of a family friend.

Traveling with two big boxes meant he had to sit in the passenger seat of the car.

‘I can tell he was with an attitude, and even from the beginning with this bad energy,’ the told NBC.

The ride got worse from there.

According to Berreondo, the driver was not following the GPS direction. Then he began spitting homophobic slurs at Berreondo.

Berreondo began fearing for his life when the driver allegedly pulled out a gun and said: ‘I want to kill everyone that is gay.’

That’s when Borreondo called 911 and the driver finally stopped the car, violently forcing Borreondo out of the car. ‘He pulled me out like that and kicked me in the leg, I get out of the car,’ he described.

Lyft responds

In a statement released to NBC, a Lyft spokseperson said:

‘The safety of our community is Lyft’s top priority, and the behavior described here is unacceptable. 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.’

Miami police are also reportedly investigating.

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