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WATCH: Bengaluru Uber Driver Engages In Heated Argument With Passenger Over AC Usage

A viral video capturing a heated argument between an Uber driver and a passenger over air conditioning usage has sparked a debate online. The incident, which occurred in Bengaluru, showcases the passenger requesting AC, leading to a confrontation.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 21, 2024 19:06 IST
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A heated argument between an Uber driver and a passenger over the use of the car’s air conditioning (AC) has gone viral, sparking a wide-ranging debate online. The incident took place in Bengaluru and was caught on video by a passenger and later shared on social media.

The video opens to show the man saying the trip was fine until the uber driver suddenly became angry, asking him to turn on the AC. The man claimed that the driver, who initially spoke to him in Hindi, lost his temper and later claimed that he spoke in Kannada.

Sharing the video on Twitter, the man wrote: ‘Since everyone forms their own opinion, I want to share the context here – the 16-second video is the first, followed by the second video. I refused to sit with his friend Indica because it had no air conditioning and was dirty. Then I sat in his car, and he spoke to me only in Hindi.’

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‘But the moment I asked him to switch on the AC, he started charging. Hear him answer ‘AC Nahi Hai’ in Hindi. It’s not about the language. This is an arrogant and irresponsible person who uses Kannada as a smokescreen for keep going BLR: to cheat credulous people traveling for work,’ he added.

The passenger also shared an image of the cab’s number and mentioned that he had already reported the driver to Uber Support.

With over 139.8k views and counting, the now-viral video has gone viral and received several opinions on the matter. Social media users have created a comment section to share their thoughts. Some called the behavior “horribly wrong,” while others shared similar experiences they encountered in the state.

X-user posted, ‘Couple of such drivers I met in NCR and Bangalore was taught a nice lesson from me. Those drivers will never forget me. It was during my college days. ‘Many other people reacted in different ways and posted comments like – ‘Another added, ‘This is terribly wrong with Kannada. Maybe he is hiding behind linguistic chauvinism to avoid the bad condition of his car.’ ‘I am a Kannadigas; I call his behavior arrogant and that is far from what we Kannadigas are.’

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At the same time, taxi drivers like Ola, Uber and Rapido have started the ‘No Air Conditioner’ campaign, causing inconvenience to passengers. The campaign launched by the Telangana Gig and Platform Union (TGPWU) details how taxi drivers associated with Uber and Ola apps are unable to switch on air conditioners in their cars due to high fuel and maintenance costs.

First published on: May 21, 2024 07:06 PM IST

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