I like to espouse that the disparity between rich and poor is a meaningless statistic. Unfortunately, douchebags like Jake Croman punch holes in the sails of my arguments. It’s strange that people who think they have a little bit of power over others tend to abuse it. Or, at the very least, exercise it at all times to prove that they are superior – because their fragile, self-hating sub-conscious must tear down everyone else in order for them to feel important. You know – like law enforcement privilege. Similarly, rich privilege thinks it has the right to belittle anyone who slights them. And in this case, anyone who refuses to serve them. Just like Luxury car owners who think they are better than other drivers (link, link, link), Jake thinks he has a license to be a dick to whomever refuses to bow down to his superiority. Just look at the video and witness the asshattery that takes place:
Now, I would tend to dismiss this as just youthful indiscretion, especially since they are trying to get picked up in front of the Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor – on Washington, between Ashley and Main Street. Perhaps they had a few too many mediocre brewskis and decided to take an Uber home but got miffed by the driver’s attitude. It can happen. But, unfortunately for Jake, the details of the story disprove his version of what happened – that the driver refused him service and threatened him because he’s Jewish. None of those claims hold any water. You can go to JakeCroman.com, a revenge site, to see links to all the details but let’s just go over the points of this story of human garbage:
- Croman claims verbal and Anti-Semetic remarks offended him and provoked this response. However, the driver, Artur Zawata, has previously had bad experiences with this passenger and reported it to Uber AND the Ann Arbor police. If Croman had a problem with this driver, he could have refused the service before Zawata showed up – but he didn’t.
- Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Aimee Metzer told BuzzFeed News that Zawada (the driver) had filed a complaint with police alleging he had been verbally abused on March 20 by Uber passengers (Croman) – proving the history between the two men.
- The Police have, more than likely, investigated this already by calling Croman on a preliminary basis for questioning. Considering Croman filed a police report based on the last encounter on March 20, it is more than likely the subsequent encounter and video was an act of revenge – including a police complaint by Cromer to counteract the previous report by Zawata.
- Croman did not use his own Uber account to call for a ride, he used his friends – probably to conceal his identity. It was, more than likely, a purposeful act since he probably knew a report was filed about him to the police and that Zawata would not show up if he saw Croman’s name as the passenger.
- Neither he, nor his friend bothered to cancel the ride when they found out who the driver was. According to Zawata: “This is 4th time that I have been harassed by this rider and his friends. Nov. Dec. and twice in March. I told him on 3rd occasion that I requested Uber to banned him but he is/was using friends accounts. Told him and his friends that I will not take them and that he/they need to get out of my car….. For that I was falsely accused, called names etc. 4th time… Rider knew from Uber application who is the driver. He had option to cancel to avoid any issues but he/they proceeded to abuse, harrase(sic), belittle and provoke like kindergarten thugs.”
It is not logical that Zawata would verbally abuse or threaten them with any form of bodily harm. He was outnumbered 5 to 1 and had an opportunity to just drive away to continue making his living. And it’s unfortunate that he did not record the encounter from the very beginning so that the prosecutor could charge Croman for filing a false police report. There are other inconsistencies with this story including why someone with his family wealth and privilege has to take an Uber in the first place. Is that what rich people do? No, most take Uber for convenience and because of the lower cost compared to a taxi service. And taxi service is readily available in Ann Arbor. But even without a taxi, this downtown area of Ann Arbor isn’t even that far from most of campus and the surrounding housing. But I guess a 20 minute walk was just too much work for these nice boys. And thanks, boys, for ruining my argument that having a lot of rich people in our society is of no consequence to the working class. You just exemplified White and Rich privilege as real, tangible things, and something to be ashamed of. And let’s also go ahead an mention besmirching the reputations of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan, and fraternities as a whole – with one infantile tantrum. Nice job.by