Last October, a Taco Bell executive (now a former Taco Bell executive) became a viral sensation when this video of him assaulting an Uber driver spread like wildfire. The passenger, Benjamin Golden, was allegedly intoxicated and began to slap and hit the driver when the driver terminated the trip due to Golden’s intoxication. As a result, Golden was charged with misdemeanor assault. The driver had video cameras installed in his car that recorded the incident.
Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, Golden has now sued the driver, claiming invasion of privacy, negligent affliction of emotional distress, intentional affliction of emotional distress and assault, which arose from the driver’s use of pepper spray.
In this day and age, more and more businesses are using video recording wherever possible. They should be aware, however, that not everyone wishes to be videotaped and some may reasonably possess an expectation of privacy. Caution is useful.