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MY TAKE ON ARTICLE: Elderly Uber and Lift Drivers break out in a turf fight during Ryan Lochte's debut on 'Dancing with the Stars'
By Gwendolyn L. Spelvin
Pandemonium surrounded Ryan Lochte's debut lukewarm live performance this week on "Dancing With the Stars" as a turf war between elderly drivers for Uber and Lyft broke out right as Lochte was being scolded by judges.
According to a current police investigation, four elderly drivers representing Uber responded to the livery request of several audience members. Before they could arrive and receive them, five elderly drivers from Lyft intercepted and attempted to poach the passengers. Witnessing this, the Uber drivers exited their vehicles and gave chase to the Lyft drivers, who ducked into the studio where "Dancing With the Stars" was taping to avoid them.
"Those old guys were tussling when that white boy was finishing up his routine and then one of the guys threw a chair and it connected and all hell broke loose." a janitor for the production house where the show is taped told CNN.
ABC NEWS reported that the two men representing Lyft were struck by a metal folding chair and at least one Uber driver was hit with a cane to the face. CNN has confirmed that one of the Uber drivers is Hirsh Goldberg of Irvine, and one of the Lyft drivers is Samuel Thompson of Baldwin Hills. "All participants were subdued, placed into custody, and taken to the hospital regardless of their insurance status." said Deborah Perkins, a spokesman for the LAPD. "We will not tolerate gang activity in the for-profit taxi industry."
Lochte, who is currently recovering from a bald faced lie of being held at ransom by AIDS infected robbers attempting to make him his generation's Greg Louganis, said he is shocked that elderly people are still working.
"You think they'd be playing shuffleboard or dropping a hot crab cake in their depends." Lochte responded when asked about the incident.
Although the show was pre-taped, ABC has decided to show the live footage to boost ratings.
During the incident, one camera stayed focused on judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who began to place bets with other panel members. She was heard yelling "C'mon you old fart, get him on his back!" multiple times as she steadily held money in her hand.
"Twenty to one odds if that old buzzard kills him. I have cash money!" she yelled, gesturing for the crew to participate in betting.
"The network went to a commercial break, but the camera briefly showed blood spatter around the floor and on the chair that was used in the attack.
"Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron addressed the fighters after commercial break.
"I just lost five thousand smackeroos because of your weak asses," he said, before being restrained on trying to be physical with one of the brawlers.
Lochte was apparently upset that the brawl focused attention off of himself, and at one point tried to insinuate he was one of the suspects fighting.
"You know I'm really 65 years old and drive for Uber too. It was my idea to throw the chair. These old farts all stole from me," he said. "Tears me apart that even the elderly are stealing the shine off my damn teeth."
"Dancing With The Stars" airs on Monday.