A new video showing Jake Croman, (son of one of NYC’s most powerful landlords, Steven Croman,) calling Uber driver, Artur Zawada, homophobic slurs has gone viral.
The video shows Croman abusing the Uber driver after Zawada apparently canceled his ride. The clip has since been scrubbed from the internet.
Here’s some fast facts:
1. Croman Says He Was the Victim of an Anti-Semitic Diatribe From Zawada Prior to the Recording; Something that Was Backed Up by a YouTube Commenter
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(Screengrab via YouTube)
In a statement, that was first released to Buzzfeed, Croman accused Arthur Zawada of being anti-semitic. The release read:
This video shows one side of an argument I had with an Uber driver two weeks ago after he refused to pick me up on the basis of my religion. I am not proud of my reaction to his discrimination and I regret my choice of words.
Shortly after the verbal altercation, I filed a complaint with the Ann Arbor police department and they are now dealing with the issue.
A YouTube commenter, Rebecca Weiss, appeared to back up Croman’s allegations, saying:
I am a sophomore at the university. I have had this uber driver before. I wrote several emails to uber about him to which they responded each time they would “deal with him”. This man, Artur, after seeing my name when I got in the car asked if I was Jewish.
I asked why it was any of his business. He said “You are. Your are one of them. You dirty Jew get out of my car I don’t want your dirty blood in here.” I was appalled and told him to take his anti Semitic beliefs back to nazi Germany. I emailed uber right away. The next time I had him, my friend had called the car. When we got in he seemed very angry.
Neither of us said anything for 6 minutes until he burst out saying, “This city is full of dirt of the earth kykes, I just had two of them in my car”.
I then realized it was him. I emailed uber once again. Good for this kid for standing up. Yes he used vulgar language but I’m sure what this asshole driver said to him was much worse. Thank you, to this kid who stood up to him.
For the record, here is the full text of Croman’s rant:
They don’t give a s**t about you. They don’t give two f***s. There’s 50 of you, and there is one of me here. Who spends the most money, you little f**k?
Yeah, f**k you, Artur, you little fa**ot f**k. You wanna kick me off? Kick me off, you little piece of s**t. You’re an Uber driver.
Go f**king drive, you little f**k. Minimum wage fa**ot. Go f**k yourself.
You’re working all day? Guess what? I’m going to sit on my ass and watch TV. F**k you. h/t theheavy
The video was viewed over 300,000 times before it was removed on YouTube.