Two young men were threatened by an angry, homophobic Uber driver who pulled a gun during a short ride from a gay Atlanta bar to a Buckhead apartment.
The men, both 24, ordered the Uber ride to pick them up from Burkhart's on Piedmont Avenue and take them to an apartment near the Lindbergh MARTA Station about two miles away. The incident happened about 4:30 a.m. on June 12.
The men jumped in the Uber vehicle and the short ride quickly took a violent turn, according to an incident report from the Atlanta Police Department.
The man who ordered the ride, a flight attendant, told police that he jokingly flirted with the Uber driver by telling him he was cute. The driver freaked, according to the incident report.
Upon saying that [the victim] stated that the driver got very upset and pulled out a gun on him and aimed towards him and told him "shut the fuck up".
The two men remained quiet for the rest of the ride to the flight attendant's apartment. But the Uber driver's rage wasn't over. Once the ride arrived at the apartment, the driver ordered the men out of the vehicle at gunpoint and stalked them, according to the incident report.
Upon arriving to [the victim's] apartment, [he] stated the driver pointed the gun at him again and told him to get out of the car, [the victim] stated that himself and his witness proceeded to do so and got off the vehicle, upon doing so [the victim] advised that the driver got off the vehicle as well, with the handgun still on his hand and proceeded to follow them until they got into the apartment complex.
The victim told Project Q Atlanta that he decided not to press criminal charges against the driver but declined to discuss the incident in greater detail. The other passenger in the vehicle could not be reached for comment.
The flight attendant reported the incident to Uber and the company advised him to get a police report, according to the incident report.
A company spokesperson told Project Q that the driver was removed from Uber when the company was notified about the incident. The company prohibits firearms and has a non-discrimination policy, the spokesperson added.
“This type of behavior would be in clear violation of our Code of Conduct. We’re investigating the matter," the spokesperson said.
In December, a man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by a passenger in an Uber that picked him up from BJ Roosters on Cheshire Bridge Road. The driver then dumped the man near Interstate 75 and Moores Mill Road.
[h/t Creative Loafing]