Uber driver suspended after ‘kicking out a lesbian couple for kissing’

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl say their Uber driver kicked them out of the car after they briefly kissed

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl say their Uber driver kicked them out of the car after they briefly kissed

The driver, Ahmed Elbotari, 35, wearing a wrinkled, ill-fitting undershirt and frosted sunglasses, can be seen on the recording opening the backdoor of the vehicle after pulling over at Canal St.to force the couple out when he eyed the lip lock.

The PDA was too much for the driver, who pulled the auto over on Canal St.as it reached the other side of the Manhattan Bridge.The experience opened the couple's eyes to how pervasive prejudice can be.

"Yeah, it's illegal", the driver said.

"We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city".

During the ride, the driver pulled his vehicle over on Canal Street and ordered the women out of his auto.

He added: "It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore".

'My girlfriend started laughing.

We were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat. "That's when we started going back and forth just being like "What?"

The Taxi and Limousine Commission and Uber are now investigating.

A confrontation between an uber driver and a same-sex couple was recorded on video.

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

"It's disrespectful", the driver said. "Nothing is illegal. It is not illegal to kiss in NY".

Elbotari also spoke to the News, claiming that the couple was simply acting obnoxious, with one of them forcing the other to smell her armpit, playing music loudly on their phones, putting feet on the seat.

"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", Pichl said. "Don't f***ing touch her", Ms Iovine is heard saying in the clip. We paid for a full Uber ride.

The women then told the driver they were filming him and asked why they were "not allowed to kiss in an Uber".

Iovine said she and Pichl ordered an Uber to take them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party in East Village at around 5pm. "We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behavior" Iovine said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination", the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Iovine and Pichl say the incident has changed their perspective on being in a same-sex couple in New York City.

Uber has apologised to the women and withdrawn Mr Boutari's licence saying it doesn't tolerate discrimination. The couple's $22 fare was eventually refunded to them, and the ride-sharing company says it is investigating the incident.

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