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Williamsburg, NY - Dual Investigations Launched As Uber Driver Makes Measles Comment To Chasidic Woman

Published on: May 24, 2019 12:11 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Yet another Chasidic Williamsburg resident found themselves the subject of harassment in connection with the ongoing measles outbreak, as an Uber driver reportedly made an obscenity laden measles-related remark to a 23 year old female passenger on Thursday.

The woman and her husband, who chose to be identified only by their last name, Krausz, and declined to share their first names publicly, said that the incident took just before 5:30. 

Mrs. Krausz was going to pick her son up at a relative’s house and asked her husband to call an Uber for her since she does not have a smartphone.  Mr. Krausz used one of his two phones to arrange an Uber, giving the driver a pickup location of Kent Avenue and Wallabout Street.

As she waited for the driver to arrive, Mrs. Krausz called her husband on one phone, while he contacted the driver on his other phone.  The Krauszes reported that as Mrs. Krausz got into the car, the driver said “You are of those [obscenity] measles people.”

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“At first, when I heard the statement, I wasn’t sure who he was talking to,” Mrs. Krausz told VIN News.

Still on the phone with his wife when the remark was made, Mr. Krasuz stayed on the call until his wife arrived at her destination, concerned for her safety.  While the driver, identified on the Uber app as Anthony, made no more negative comments during the ride, Mrs. Krausz said that the half mile trip took nearly twice as long as usual, and that it seemed as if the driver was deliberately slowing down to miss every light.

Mr. Krausz reached out to Yossi Gestetner of OJPAC who took out a billboard this week in Times Square to raise awareness about the high vaccination rate in the Chasidic community, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2VJr7Ak).  Gestetner shared the story on Twitter, tagging Uber in his tweet, drawing responses from the company and the TLC, who have launched investigations into the incident.

Both the Krauszes and their children are vaccinated.

Despite its disturbing nature, Mrs. Krausz did her best to put a positive spin on yesterday’s events.

“Maybe the driver was having a hard day,” said Mrs. Krausz.  “And there is a lot of misinformation out there about Chasidim and vaccinations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took a firmer stand on the matter tweeting last night, “Don’t ever accept bigotry like this. You have your rights and your city has your back.  Thank you to @NYCTaxi for your swift action in investigating this incident. Anti-Semitism has no home in this town.”



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 May 24, 2019 at 12:32 PM Secular Says:

Easy solution:

Let women drive !, and don’t put them in cars with strange men

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 May 24, 2019 at 12:53 PM puppydogs Says:

In Deblasio's NY. Great Big Bird is running for president.

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 May 24, 2019 at 01:24 PM ercsd Says:

There are 3 sides to every story. Why did she get into the car if she didn't like the comment? Why would the driver go slow if he was afraid of the measles. Maybe next time she should walk 1/2 mile.

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 May 24, 2019 at 01:26 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #1  
Secular Says:

Easy solution:

Let women drive !, and don’t put them in cars with strange men

I have never understood the "tznius" aspect of not letting women drive, but letting them take a taxi / uber is acceptable.
If anyone can seriously explain it I would appreciate it.

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 May 24, 2019 at 01:34 PM Pint12 Says:

To the first commenter: you missed the final paragraph in the article - "Don’t ever accept bigotry like this". Are you an Anti-Semite.

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 May 24, 2019 at 01:37 PM Worzel Says:

Reply to #1  
Secular Says:

Easy solution:

Let women drive !, and don’t put them in cars with strange men

What does women driving have to do with this? Do you know how many car owners use Uber in Brooklyn?

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:05 PM 5TResident Says:

The anti-vaxxer Chasidim are making a huge Chilul Hashem in addition to putting their children, and other people, in danger. This kind of thing has to be expected.

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

To #3- She was already in the car, when that jackass driver made the comment. Perhaps, she should have immediately exited the car.

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 May 24, 2019 at 03:50 PM Judith Says:

The haredi anti vaxxers are provoking this type of response . Half of the measles cases in America are from Orthodox Jews , while they only make up a fraction of a percentage point of the whole population .

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 May 24, 2019 at 05:28 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Secular Says:

Easy solution:

Let women drive !, and don’t put them in cars with strange men

Perhaps there is an "Easy Solution" for her and other Hasidic women in a similar predicament.
But are there any solutions, even a Hard Solution, for idiots and bigots like yourself?

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 May 26, 2019 at 12:34 AM Secular Says:

Reply to #10  
Aron1 Says:

Perhaps there is an "Easy Solution" for her and other Hasidic women in a similar predicament.
But are there any solutions, even a Hard Solution, for idiots and bigots like yourself?

You feel the need to insult me for some reason. Is it because my comment hit to close to home?

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