Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber by 'homophobic' driver


Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber by 'homophobic' driver

New York City has suspended the license of an Uber driver who kicked two women out of his auto after they kissed.

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.

The Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched its own investigation.

She said they were in lower Manhattan when the driver pulled over, opened a rear door and ordered them to "get out of my auto".

A lesbian couple claimed they were kicked out of their Uber by their driver on Saturday after sharing a quick kiss in the backseat of the auto.

We were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat. "We leaned in for a peck, and that's what it was, a legit peck".

When they protest, telling him that "kissing is not illegal", he insists they're wrong, saying: "Yes, it is illegal".

"You are not allowed ... it's disrespectful ... it's disrespectful".

Uber has also removed El Boutari's access to its app while it investigates the incident.

"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", he continued.

The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones.

After they left the auto, they confronted driver Ahmad El Boutari about it and he said that they were being "disrespectful".

Iovine said she has yet to receive a response from Uber, adding: 'Getting this out there, getting a refund and getting an apology is all I want right now'. 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". We paid for a full Uber ride. TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg says "we reached out to them (the women) immediately and commenced an investigation".

A spokesperson for Uber said the company had reached out to the rider about her experience.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating. "I was very surprised". One of the women says, "It's not illegal to kiss in New York" and threatens him, "We're going to get you fired".

"It was a really awful experience", she said, "and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC". "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".