A van driver who was captured on camera purposely driving into puddles to drench pedestrians has been let go from his job and may face criminal charges for his actions. Two days after video of the unnamed van driver’s antics in Ottawa, Ontario, was posted on YouTube and went viral, his company publicly announced that he no longer works for them.
‘We apologize to everyone impacted by the recent incident in Ottawa of unacceptable driving by one of our van drivers,’ the Sunday afternoon Facebook message read. ‘We want to reassure the public that safety is our #1 priority. This is an isolated incident and the individual is no longer employed with Black & McDonald.’ The van driver was caught in the act of purposely drenching pedestrians by driving into deep puddles by another car’s rear-facing dashboard camera while driving through the Canadian capital city’s streets on July 27 at 3.25pm. In the 45-second video, the driver of a white van can be seen purposely drifting right, towards the sidewalk, driving straight through enormous puddles and splashing four out of the five pedestrians seen walking on the sidewalk.
First, the driver drenches two unsuspecting, umbrella-carrying pedestrians as they cross the street. The driver then straightens his course, driving in the center of the lane, until spotting another umbrella-toting pedestrian, at which point the driver veers right againt to soak the walker, who barely manages to protect himself from the sheet of water heading his way.
After centering the van in the lane again, the driver spots one more target to splash. This time, the puddle isn’t very deep and the pedestrian gets away with just a light spray. The dashcam video was posted on YouTube and quickly turned into a viral sensation as people thanks to both the clearly-visible license plate and van logo rushed to complain about the driver’s antics to the van owners, which turned out to be Canadian contractor company, Black & McDonald.
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