Taco Bell says Uber rider arrested in attack on driver ‘can no longer work for us’ – Los Angeles Times

The Orange County man arrested this weekend on suspicion of assaulting his Uber driver is no longer working as a corporate manager for Taco Bell, the company said Monday.

Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach was taken into custody Friday night and booked on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and assaulting a taxicab operator, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Jerry Souza said.

Golden’s driver posted dashboard camera images of the alleged attack on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

In a statement provided to The Times, Taco Bell Corp. said that Golden had worked as a marketing manager for the Irvine-based company.

“Given the behavior of the individual, it is clear he can no longer work for us. We have also offered and encouraged him to seek professional help,” the company said in the statement.

Golden was arrested near Costa Mesa shopping center, where his driver had parked in order to kick him out of the car, Souza said.

The driver, Edward Caban, told police that Golden repeatedly hit him and pulled his hair, prompting him to respond by pepper-spraying the passenger. He shared video of the incident with police.

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