Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing

Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing

New York City has suspended the license of an Uber driver who booted two women after they kissed in his vehicle.

The women are a couple in their 20s and were on their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday when they exchanged what they call a "peck" on the lips.

El Boutari has now had his licence suspended by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Once over the bridge, Iovine said the driver suddenly pulled over and told the women to get out of the vehicle.

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto", Alex told the New York Daily News.

'He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips'.

When they protest, telling him that "kissing is not illegal", he insists they're wrong, saying: "Yes, it is illegal. You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.

The women initially thought the unidentified driver was joking, but once they realized he wasn't they began recording 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.

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

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 force the couple out when he eyed the lip lock.

"It's illegal", the driver says in the video.

El Boutari added that he would have acted similarly if it had been a straight couple, though he admitted that he has "less tolerance" for same-sex couples. We paid for a full Uber ride. Uber refunded Iovine the $22 fare and reportedly apologized to her.

In a statement to ABC News, an Uber spokeswoman said, "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have been in touch with the rider regarding her experience". "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

The Taxi & Limousine Commission, which is responsible for regulating Uber and other ride-hail apps, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. It said it is investigating.

The couple said they were deeply shaken by the incident, which occurred during Pride Month. I haven't experienced homophobic behavior in the city.

"It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore", commission spokesperson Allen Fromberg said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

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