Uber, the San Francisco-based ride service known for its monstrous valuation, its myriad regulatory battles and its recurring trouble with driver behavior, has ended its relationship with a New Jersey man who climbed into the back seat with a woman passenger and fondled himself.
The episode made the rounds Tuesday via a video posted on Facebook and elsewhere. Beware -- it's creepy, gross and graphic.
Here's how NJ.com summarizes the incident, which reportedly took place after a trip from the Jersey shore town of Sea Isle City to nearby Avalon:
The video shows a middle-aged man rubbing his crotch over his pants as he tells the woman in a heavy accent, "I love your body. My god, I love your body. Your body is beautiful."
The woman says to him, in slurred speech, "I don't, I don't," though it's not clear from the video what she means.
The man then tells her, "No, you do, you do. Why you say you don't? You do."
"What do you want me to do?" he says to her.
"I don't know," she says. "(Inaudible) buggin' me out."
The man then gets out of the car as he tells her, "Have a good night. Call me, alright?"
In an emailed statement, company spokesman Taylor Bennett said, "The driver has been permanently removed from the Uber platform for his inappropriate behavior, and we have reached out to the rider to apologize for such an uncomfortable experience."