Taco Bell has fired executive Benjamin Golden after word of his violence towards Uber driver Edward Caban went viral. 


A visibly intoxicated Golden was caught on video attacking Caban after being asked to leave the vehicle for being too drunk to give directions. The video shows Golden repeatedly slapping the driver across the face before Caban takes out a can of pepper spray in retaliation and kicks the man out of his car. Police report authorities found Golden vomiting from pepper spray.

The assailant now faces charges of assault and public intoxication in addition to losing his job.


Taco Bell, Golden’s previous employer, tells CNBC,

“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.”

CNBC reports that Golden was a seven-year veteran of Yum Brands—the corporation which operates Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC. Since the incident, Golden’s LinkedIn and Twitter have been barred from public viewing.

Caban explains to CBS that despite Uber’s policies, which promote the safety of the driver as well as the passenger, he has no plans on continuing his work as an Uber driver.

[via NBC News]