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Ex-Taco Bell exec doesn’t do public disgrace well

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This month’s Worst Communicator Award goes to Benjamin Golden. The former Taco Bell executive made headlines last October when he assaulted his Uber driver, Edward Caban, when Caban asked him to leave his car because Golden was too drunk to provide the driver with directions.

Caban, who had been taken advantage of by passengers before, captured the whole incident on a dashboard camera he installed to protect himself. He was also wise enough to keep a can of tear gas handy, which he used to end the attack.

Taco Bell fired Golden, and he issued a half-hearted apology stating that he was too drunk to remember the attack. Yet, seemingly in retaliation to a pending criminal case against him, Golden has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Caban, claiming himself as the victim.

Furthermore, he says that Caban is to blame for his injuries because he knew Golden was drunk and picked him up anyway. That’s right. Caban deserved to be hit, have his hair pulled and his face smacked against the steering wheel because … well … he was doing what Uber hired him to do. Additionally, Golden’s lawyer is trying to get the incriminating video thrown out of court, because Caban didn’t ask Golden’s permission to film him.

It doesn’t get any worse than this, people. The terrible behavior, the fake apology, the total lack of accountability, the blaming of the victim and the demand to be respected without showing an ounce of respect. To think this guy used to be a leader. Wow.

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