Taco Bell may be catering to stoners and drunkards with its 4th Meal advertisements, but apparently that may be the lifestyle that some of their executives live. A 32 year old sales executive, Benjamin Golden, allegedly attacked an Uber driver on his late night ride home from Cost Mesa California. The driver picked up Golden, and was then asked to change course to go somewhere other than where the original fare had been calculated. That is when the situation turned ugly for both the Uber driver and for the Taco Bell executive.
Taco Bell Exec, Benjamin Golden, Attacks Uber Driver After 4th Meal
After some disagreement, the Uber driver, Edward Caban, asked Golden to get out of his vehicle, and politely asked him to leave. Golden took matters into his own hands and attacked the driver from behind, repeatedly striking him in the head. Golden then grabbed the driver by the hair and attempted to smash his head into the driver’s window. Not to be defenseless, the prepared Uber driver took out a can of Mace and sprayed Golden directly in the eyes. With the passenger door already open, Golden attempted to flee, but the persistent Uber driver got out of the vehicle as well to confront his assaulter.
The entire incident took only a couple minutes to play out, with the assault lasting only a few seconds. There is no telling how brutal the attack could have become had the driver not been able to defend himself. The incident was captured on video from Caban’s Garmin device mounted on the windshield. This damming evidence will likely lead to the conviction of Golden in court, and has likely already cost him his career with Taco Bell.
Golden was arrested and charged with Assault and Public Intoxication. The public intoxication charge does seem to be a little bit absurd, seeing as how everyone who drinks at a bar or restaurant is technically intoxicated in public, but the assault was definitely uncalled for.
Taco Bell Exec, Benjamin Golden, Attacks Uber Driver After 4th Meal.