Monday, 23 July, 2018

NYC Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

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Uber has suspended the licence of one of its drivers after a lesbian couple were allegedly booted out of his vehicle in New York City.

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl told New York's WABC that the two kissed briefly while crossing the Manhattan Bridge, and that their Uber driver "abruptly" pulled over a few minutes later and "aggressively" approached them. "At one point we leaned over and peck-kissed, very fast".

Iovine said she's aware of Uber's code of conduct, but was adamant that the two did nothing more than a quick smooch. "She thought he was joking". Alex Iovine says their driver reacted irrationally to their backseat display of affection, telling NBC NY, "We peck kissed, like I reached across and pecked kissed her".

"Kissing is not not illegal", one of the woman replied.

"You don't do that here in the vehicle. You aren't allowed to do this". But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing.

He told the Daily News that he "didn't feel comfortable" with the women, who he added were playing loud videos on their phones and exhibiting other behavior he found inappropriate.

The organisation's spokesman Allen Fromberg said the driver's behaviour - which involved calling his passengers "disrespectful" and repeatedly insisting that they were breaking the law - was "ridiculous", according to the Associated Press.

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

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

"It's not illegal to kiss in NY".

"I don't give a shit about them".

"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", Khosrowshahi told the NY Post. Elbotari said he would do the same for a straight couple, but acknowledged he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Pichl said.

The couple said the experience opened their eyes to how pervasive prejudice can be. They were charged $22 for the ride although they didn't get to their destination with the driver. "It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in New York City", Iovine said. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".

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