Bizarre footage has emerged of the moment a passenger berates his Uber driver in Sydney’s CBD before getting behind the wheel of the vehicle and then claiming he’s intoxicated.
Video which the animated passenger reportedly circulated on social media shows him hounding the driver after claiming he’d taken him on the wrong route to Dover Heights.
"He's taking me over the f****** Harbour Bridge, taking me all around Sydney, doesn't know where the f*** he's going,” he says as he holds the camera to his face before panning to the driver.
The passenger screams at the driver to “say hello to the f***ing camera”, however he glances away appearing nervous.
He announces to the camera the driver is “never going to drive an Uber again in his life, it’s his last trip”.
The passenger then barks at the driver to pull over.
“I’m driving,” he announces.
“Or else I’m going to cancel your Uber account, cancel your licence.”
The driver tries to remonstrate with the passenger but he persists with his demands.
Eventually, the driver caves in to the pressure and slides across allowing the passenger into the driving seat.
“I am the driver now!” the man proclaims while still holding the camera before placing it in his lap.
“Would you like a minty? Would you like a bottle of water?” he asks the Uber driver.
However, moments after being allowed to get behind the wheel, he lambasts the driver for allowing him to take control of the vehicle.
He had been smiling at the camera in his lap while driving back over the Harbour Bridge. He looks back at the road and reacts suddenly as if he nearly crashed and immediately starts abusing the Uber driver for letting him take the wheel.
“How did you let me do it? I’ve been drinking alcohol for four f***ing days, I’m over the limit,” the passenger says.
He also claims he is unlicensed and is under the influence of drugs.
“Are you crazy? [The Uber driver] will be going to jail for the next 30 years,” he proclaims.
‘Reckless, dangerous, stupid’
Uber confirmed to Yahoo News Australia the passenger has been banned from the ride sharing app.
“Threatening, rude or aggressive behaviour is a clear breach of our community guidelines,” a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said they are assisting authorities with the matter.
A NSW Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia investigations into the matter are ongoing and are conducted by Burwood Police.
Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said NSW police are urging anyone who knows the two men featured in the clip to come forward.
He told Yahoo News Australia the incident was “reckless, dangerous and stupid behaviour” that “put those involved and other road users at great risk”.
He also criticised the passenger’s desire to self-promote himself on social media.
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