An Ohio contractor was caught on camera hurling racist abuse at a black driver who honked at him at an intersection.
Charles Lovett said the other driver nearly sideswiped him Tuesday at an intersection near Interstate 71 in Columbus, so he honked at him -- which apparently angered the man driving a Uriah's Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration truck, reported WTTE-TV.
The contractor followed Lovett to his house, where the black man began recording video of the encounter on his cell phone.
"I just want to let you know what a n*gger you are," the man says, after Lovett asks what he wants. "You're a rude n*gger."
"I'm a n****r because you can't read street signs right?" Lovett says.
The contractor insists he's headed to a job nearby and did not follow Lovett home, and he accuses the black man of feeling "entitled" to cut him off in traffic.
"How do I feel entitled?" Lovett says. "You feel entitled because I'm black."
The contractor then suggests Lovett did not have a job or pay for his own car, and he tells Lovett he was glad to have the opportunity to call him out as rude.
"I'm glad I got all this information that I'll be sending to the state," Lovett says, "since you're a state contractor."
Lovett points out to the contractor that his truck shows a state license number for his company.
He called police and filed a report after the contractor drove away, but no charges have been filed.
Reporters called Uriah's and spoke to the contractor, who insisted he was not a racist and regrets his actions.
"I lost my head," the man said.
Lovett said he's not surprised to encounter racist behavior in Columbus, and he doesn't want an apology.
"What he said is what he said," Lovett said.