A video showing University of Michigan students cursing at his Uber driver went viral Sunday.
According to reports, on March 20, Jake Croman, and his friends attempted to enter an Uber car in Ann Arbor, Michigan, despite being banned from using Uber’s service numerous times.
Artur Zawada, the Uber driver, refused to allow the students into his car, and Croman started to yell at Zawada, calling him a “minimum wage faggot.”
“They don’t give a shit about you,” Croman said, referring to the university. I spend the most money here.”
“Fuck you, Arthur, you little faggot fuck,” he continued.
Before he walked away, Croman added, “You have to work all day? I’m going to go sit on my ass and watch some TV!”
Zawada captured the incident on his camera phone and posted the video.
“We have seen the video. Our dean of students has talked with both the Uber driver and the students,” the University of Michigan said in a statement to TheTab.com, a campus life news site. “We are extremely disappointed in the behavior depicted in this video. No one should be treated with such disrespect.”
Croman’s fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, also released a statement.
“Tau Kappa Epsilon has begun our investigation into the video which allegedly contains one of our members,” the fraternity said. “We are extremely disappointed by the individual’s demeaning words. As an organization founded on the personal worth and character of the individual, our members come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds of race, creed, and orientation.”
“At the conclusion of our swift, thorough investigation, we will handle the situation with appropriate action.”
“Depending on the details of the investigation, this could include the expulsion of membership.”
Croman told TheTab.com that the video shows only Zawada’s side of the incident, and said the driver made an offensive remark and “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,” Croman said. “Shortly after the verbal altercation, I filed a complaint with the Ann Arbor police department and they are now dealing with the issue.”
Zawada disputed Croman’s accusations.