Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended
Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended
NYC Uber Driver Allegedly Kicks Out Lesbian Couple For Kissing In Backseat During Pride Month
13 June, 2018, 21:01
A same-sex couple claim they were kicked out of an Uber by its driver because they were kissing.
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Alex Iovine, 26, a Manhattan advertising technology consultant, said that she and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, 24, a senior recruiter, hailed the livery to go from a birthday party at the bar Pig Beach, in Gowanus to another friend's birthday party in the East Village about 5 p.m.
El Boutari was captured in a video posted to YouTube telling the women he found their kissing "disrespectful".
The couple then pulled out their cellphones and began recording the driver after he began "aggressively" approaching them, Pichl told WABC.
The women and the driver did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Tuesday.
One of the women said, "What are you fucking talking about?" "I thought he was kidding and then Alex said, 'I don't think he is'". "It's not illegal to kiss in NY".
'It's illegal, ' he said. ". Don't do that here in the auto". The ride was so bad, the company's CEO said drivers like the one they got "don't belong on Uber".
As they were crossing the Manhattan bridge, Iovine said the couple leaned over to share a quick kiss. He claimed that one woman "forced the other to smell her armpit, they played loud videos on their phones [and] one put her feet on his seat". "Just get out of my auto".
According to Ms Pichl, Ms Iovine also filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission in connection to the incident which took place during Pride Month.
After the video ended, Ms Pichl said the driver "just got back in his vehicle and sped off".
The couple questioned him about his decision and asked him why they were not allowed to kiss.
"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick told the Daily News. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".
We were sitting on opposite sides of the backseat.
"I think we are going to steer clear of Uber for a bit", Pichl said.
"This is an open society and Uber is a platform that is available to anybody regardless of your background, your orientation, and that is sacred to us".
Meanwhile, Iovine and Pichl say the incident has changed their perspective on being in a same-sex couple in New York City.
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