A Lyft driver reportedly berated for being Muslim found comfort from his next passenger, whose kind words are now tugging at social media heartstrings.
Mark Lane got into a Lyft Tuesday night in San Diego, and struck up a conversation with his driver, he wrote on Facebook.
Lane said he made small-talk, asking the driver where he was from.
“He said ‘Lebanon.’ He then said, ‘Do you want to know if I’m Muslim also?’ I said, ‘No, why would I want to know that?’ He said, ‘Everyone asks me that,’” wrote Lane, who then recounted a story Badr told him about his last passenger.
“The ride I just gave was [to] an old white man I picked up from La Jolla. He asked where I was from, then he asked if I was Muslim. When I said ‘Yes,’ he started cursing me. Calling me so many names, the F-word. The whole ride, insulting me, Islam, my family. He made me cry. I thought you must hate Islam too,” Lane wrote that the driver, identified as Badr, told him.
When he asked the driver why he didn’t boot the man from his car, he told him: “Because that would have made him right. I apologized to him and thanked him for his business. That is Islam. I wanted him to have a positive experience with a Muslim.”
Lane said, “I apologized to him for that man’s behavior. I told him how impressive his behavior and attitude were, because I would have tossed him out. We talked about a lot of things. When I got out of the car he shook my hand and said thank you for not hating me. I told him, he was un-hateable.”
The post has garnered more than 1,800 reactions on Facebook and has been shared more than 800 times as of Friday morning.
“You were meant to be his next customer. You are the light when there’s darkness. Thank you for representing the kind of person we ALL need to be like!” commenter Michelle Macrorie wrote.
Another Facebook user, Flor Franco, wrote: “Tears… thank you friend for sharing! You are one good man.”
Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said in a statement: “What is being described in this situation is completely inappropriate and against our values as a company, and we take that very seriously. We ask anyone facing discrimination of any kind to report those incidents to our critical response line so they can be properly investigated.”