US embassy employee in Malta sent home for fight

AP News
Posted: Aug 28, 2013 7:45 AM

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — An American employee of the U.S. Embassy in Malta has been sent home after getting into a nasty dispute with a Maltese driver that was videotaped and posted on YouTube.

The U.S. Embassy said Wednesday that the unidentified employee "did not comport with the standards of behavior that we expect from all embassy personnel." It didn't say if he had been fired, just that he had "departed."

The incident occurred Saturday. The American challenged the Maltese driver after their two cars came nose to nose on a narrow street in the town of St. Julian's. With neither conceding passage, the American got out of his car and launched into a tirade of expletive-laden abuse and tried to open the other driver's locked door.

Eventually, the American backed out.