But to make his dream a reality, he became an Uber driver, and he’s had to handle some difficult situations, he told CNN.
Khadka, 32, recently shared a 42-second dashcam video of a confrontation he had with three female customers inside his car. He said the dispute began over the women’s refusal to wear face masks.
San Francisco Police have identified two of the three women in the car as Arna Kimiai, 24, and Malaysia King, 24.
King has been identified as the woman in a red outfit seen on the far left of the video, while Kimiai has been identified as the woman on the far right, directly behind Khadka in the video, Adam Lobsinger, public information officer with the San Francisco Police Department, told CNN.
In the video, the woman identified as Kimiai takes her face mask off, yanks Khadka’s face mask off his face, coughs in his direction and attempts to take away his cell phone. Meanwhile, the woman identified as King, seen with her mask below her face, announces that she has the coronavirus.
Police officers from the Las Vegas Police Department apprehended King Thursday for assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery, conspiracy and violation of health and safety code, according to a statement from the San Francisco Police Department.
Kimiai “remains outstanding at this time, but communicated through her legal counsel late this afternoon to the San Francisco Police Department of her intent to turn herself in soon,” the police statement said on Thursday.
SFPD said the charges against Kimiai would be made public when she is taken into custody or turns herself in.
CNN has made repeated efforts to reach King and Kimiai for comment and has not heard back. CNN has also tried to reach Kimiai’s attorney. It’s unclear if King has an attorney at this time.
Suspects fled the scene
Khadka says he picked up the three women in San Francisco on Sunday, March 7 around 12:45 p.m. He soon noticed that one of the passengers was not wearing a mask, so he stopped the ride a few minutes later, according to Officer Robert Rueca of the SFPD. Khadka told CNN that he stopped the car to allow the maskless passenger to enter a gas station and buy a mask, which she did.
But Khadka said that by that point he had tired of the passengers’ taunting behavior. When the woman returned to the car from the gas station, he told the passengers he was ending the ride — that he was going home. That announcement, he said, made the passengers angrier.
In the video, the woman identified as Kimiai can be seen sitting directly behind Khadka, and rips her mask off and coughs in his direction.
“F*** the mask,” she says. Meanwhile, the woman in a red outfit, identified as King, can be heard saying, “And I got corona,” while pulling her mask down to her chin.
Immediately afterward, the woman behind Khadka reaches to the front seat of the car and tries to grab Khadka’s cell phone.
Khadka is able to get it back from her and says, “don’t touch my property.”
In a statement to CNN, Uber said, “In this case, we have banned all three riders and have been in contact with Mr. Khadka to offer our support.”