Uber driver kicked out same-sex couple for kissing, women say

Uber driver throws out fare for same-sex kiss

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It is the latest in a series of incidents in which Lyft and Uber drivers have ejected same-sex couples for showing affection, including a gay couple who were left on the side of the road in Texas at 4am earlier this year.

Pichl said, "I'd say if he feels so uncomfortable with two girls pecking in the backseat then he shouldn't be an Uber driver in New York City".

Ms Pichl, who noted that neither she nor Ms Iovine was intoxicated, added: "He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his vehicle ... we were going back and forth trying to understand".

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".

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto".

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But both Iovine and Pichl say they kissed once, and were not touching inappropriately.

Shortly afterwards the taxi driver, Ahmad El Boutari, pulled over and said: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my vehicle". "My girlfriend started laughing", Iovine told the tabloid.

Iovine and Emma Pichl were taking the Uber from Pig Beach Gowanus to the East Village on Saturday when Iovine gave Pichl a kiss.

The advertising technology consultant released a one minute video of the driver kicking the couple out.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, which licenses about 180,000 drivers of auto services and yellow cabs, called his behaviour "ridiculous".

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The driver says: "It's illegal".

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping. "We don't get out there much and march in the parade", Iovine says.

In addition to filing the complaint with the city Human Right's Commission, the couple reported the incident to Uber, as did Elbotari.

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"Obviously, he's homophobic", she said.

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"It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC", Iovine said. I haven't experienced homophobic behavior in the city. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Ms Pichl said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

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