What’s a son to do when his dad is a terrible person? In this case, be an equally terrible person. The son of a notorious NYC landlord accused of illegally forcing rent-stabilized tenants out of their apartments and refusing to fix potentially fatal building issues was captured on video in an Uber rant that makes Sid Phillips seem warm and affable.
Uber driver Artur Zawada taped Jake Croman going off on a verbal tirade after he reportedly canceled their ride, Gothamist reports. "F**k you Artur, you little f****t f**k," the son of Steve Croman shouts. "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 f****t! Go f**k yourself! You're working all night! Guess what? I'm gonna sit on my ass and watch TV. F**k you!"
Zawada says that Croman and his friends have been harassing him for months. As a result, Croman had been banned from using the rideshare service but he accessed it through his friends’ accounts.
"This is 4th time that I have been harassed by this rider and his friends. Nov. Dec. and twice in March. I told him on 3rd occasion that I requested Uber to banned him but he is/was using friends accounts. Told him and his friends that I will not take them and that he/they need to get out of my car….. For that I was falsely accused, called names etc. 4th time… Rider knew from Uber application who is the driver. He had option to cancel to avoid any issues but he/they proceeded to abuse, [harass], belittle and provoke like kindergarten thugs." Zawada said. He also filed a complaint with Ann Arbor police.
Croman has since spoken out, claiming he was being discriminated against."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. What you don’t see in the video is that the driver had made a number of offensive anti-Semitic remarks that provoked my response. 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 university spokesperson that they are looking into the situation.