• Uber driver says he was attacked, accused of being Muslim

    By: Scott Wickersham

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte Uber driver said a passenger attacked and threatened him because he thought he was Muslim.

    Samson Wolde-Michael, who immigrated from Ethiopia and is a Christian, got a call about 2 a.m. Sunday to pick up someone on Park Road.

    The customer was a man leaving a bar, and Wolde-Michael said the ride went just fine.

    “We had a good conversation. (He) told me he was from Boston,” Wolde-Michael said.

    That suddenly changed when they arrived at his home.

    “He turned to be hateful, said he would end me,” Wolde-Michael said. “And said he would shoot me in the face, strangle me.”

    He said the passenger called him a Muslim, yelled hateful words and told him to get out of the car.

    Wolde-Michael said he decided to start driving.

    “He hit my head. Thankfully I didn't lose consciousness,” he said.

    Wolde-Michael said the man kept hitting him, so he blew the horn until the man got out of the car.

    He said he was worried that the man had a gun, so he drove off. He called police, who are investigating.

    Wolde-Michael hopes other people who aren't from America but who believe in it don’t fall victim to the same hatred.

    “These people should be educated. There are good people who believe in America,” he said.

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