Uber CEO caught arguing with driver on video

Uber's controversial chief executive, Travis Kalanick, was caught on video arguing with a driver for the company who accused Kalanick of forcing him to bankruptcy.

Uber CEO caught arguing with driver on video

The video, obtained by Bloomberg, shows Kalanick getting into a heated argument with his driver, Fawzi Kamal.

Kamal accused Kalanick of driving him to bankruptcy with the constant changes Uber makes in terms of driver fees. 

Kalanick started to raise his voice and concluded with: "Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!"

Bloomberg reported that Kalanick apologised in an email to staff Tuesday after the video was published online.

Kalanick said: "To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement. My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away. It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it."

"That is not what I did, and it can not be explained away. It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it."

This video breaks after a recent blog post detailing the terrible treatment endured by a female software engineer at the company has placed the ride-sharing brand under a microscope. 

Even as Uber conducts its own investigation into the sexual harassment charges outlined in the blog post, more female engineers were coming forward with their own stories. The New York Times published a blistering piece about its workplace culture and reported that the company is currently facing three sexual harassment lawsuits. 

On a separate sexual harassment case, newly-hired senior vice-president of engineering at Uber, Amit Singhal, has resigned for failing to disclose that he had left his previous job at Google over a dispute regarding a sexual harassment allegation. 

Kalanick's support of US president Donald Trump resulted in a #deleteuber social movement that led to 200,000 deletions of the app from users' smartphones. As a result, Kalanick resigned from Trump's economic advisory council.

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