Drunk Man Who Assaulted an Uber Driver Just Lost His Marketing Job at Taco Bell

The drunk passenger who brutally assaulted Uber driver Edward Caban on Oct. 30 has been identified as Benjamin Golden, a senior marketing manager at Taco Bell, according to CBS news.

Taco Bell released a statement to AdWeek saying:

“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.”

benjamingolden

Caban picked up Golden around 8 p.m. in Newport Beach, California, but did not receive an exact destination because Golden told Caban that he knew where he was going. After Golden started to drift in and out of consciousness in the back seat of the Uber, Caban turned his dash cam around to record the inside of the vehicle.

In a video that lasts over three minutes, Caban can be seen eventually pulling into a nearby shopping district and calmly telling Golden to get out of his car.

Golden, clearly intoxicated, refused to comply with Caban’s request and started assaulting the Uber driver instead.

After multiple strikes to the head, Golden began pulling Caban’s hair and slamming his head into the driver’s side window. Caban was eventually able to slip free from the clutches of the intoxicated passenger and, in a frantic attempt to defend himself, sprayed the passenger with mace.

Golden immediately got out of the car and tried to flee the scene but did not make it very far as the police arrested him soon afterward.

Golden posted bail that night, but he is now facing charges including assault on a cab driver and public intoxication.

Uber released a statement that said:

“We’ve been in contact with Mr. Caban and are thankful he is doing OK. … The rider involved in this incident has been permanently banned from the platform.”

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com