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Lyft driver racially abused for asking a passenger to put mask on has now tested positive for COVID

A Kenyan Lyft driver working in Washington state has tested positive for coronavirus, six days after he was racially abused by a passenger he asked to put on a face mask.

David Kangogo, 30, confirmed the results of his COVID test on Instagram on Tuesday.

‘I got diagnosed with COVID-19,’ he wrote.

‘I now am quarantined and I trust and believe I’ll get through this!

‘Thank you for all your support!’

David Kangogo, 30, confirmed on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19

Kangogo, 30, had his test results returned on Monday, he said, and was in quarantine

Kangogo, 30, had his test results returned on Monday, he said, and was in quarantine

He urged everyone to wash their hands, and wear a face mask.

The driver hit the headlines after the abuse from Joe Kassuba went viral. 

Kassuba, who has now lost his job and been banned from using Lyft, called Kangogo the N-word and threatening to ‘p*** in his car’.

Kangogo asked him to put on his face mask, and pulled over when he refused to comply. 

The footage, filmed by the driver in Issaquah, Washington on November 17, shows Kasuba and a woman pacing around his car while insulting him.      

Kasuba can be heard calling Kangogo a ‘sand n*****’ over and over before the woman takes out her phone and starts filming, saying: ‘Joe stop, I’m videoing. Stop, stop. I’m videoing. You stop.’ 

Kangogo told Newsweek he picked up the couple and then noticed the man had taken off his mask. He asked him to put it back on.  

‘He ignored me the first time, I repeated [it] and told him he’s putting me at risk and all the other passengers I pick up after him.’  

Joe Kassuba has been banned from using Lyft after hurling racist abuse towardsKangogo

Joe Kassuba has been banned from using Lyft after hurling racist abuse towardsKangogo

Kassuba was banned from Lyft after the incident in Issaquah, Washington, on November 17

Kassuba was banned from Lyft after the incident in Issaquah, Washington, on November 17

‘So I just pulled over and got out of the car and told them I have canceled the ride, they can go ahead and get another drive,’ he added. 

Kassuba said: ‘You f***ing piece of s**t. You will never drive, you will never drive.’

The driver then asked them: ‘Are you happy now?’ to which the woman replied: ‘No, we expected a Lyft ride home, that’s what we expected.’

She added: ‘I got your license plate. You should never drive Lyft again.’ 

According to Kangogo, Kassuba was insulting him when he asked him to wear a mask

The woman filmed Kangogo and told him: 'I got your license plate'

Kassuba’s companion filmed him and told Kangogo: ‘I got your license plate’

Kassuba then threatens to ‘p***’ in the driver’s car and flings open the door. 

But he decides not to go ahead and adds: ‘Yeah I’m not, you stupid f***ing idiot’ before walking away from the vehicle. 

The driver then told them to ‘have a good night’ before getting into his vehicle.     

The video, which was shared on Twitter, has since gained over 331,000 views and hundreds of comments. 

One said: ‘So she’s recording her husband being a total racist…ok.’

After telling the driver he 'should never drive Lyft again', the pair took off

After telling the driver he ‘should never drive Lyft again’, the pair took off

Another added: ‘Seems like she will have to heavily edit her video.’

Meanwhile, one wrote: ‘The level of privilege with these people is unbelievable. I hope @lyft bans these people. Ridiculous.’

Lyft has since issued a Twitter statement in response to the viral video: ‘There is no place for discrimination of any sort in the Lyft community, and this behavior is unacceptable.

‘We have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community and are in touch with the driver to offer our support.’ 


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