Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing

Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing

The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.

"It's disrespectful", El Boutari says. "You don't do that". 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".

The couple angrily threatens to call the police, saying: 'It's not illegal to kiss in NY'. "You don't do that here in the vehicle".

They claimed that the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, then booted them out of the vehicle - sparking an argument in the street. According to a screenshot of his profile, provided to CNN by Pichl, he had a 4.67 rating and received dozens of commendations on the app for "excellent service".

After some back and forth, El Boutari apparently grabbed Pichl by the arm to get her phone. We live in this bubble and think this can't happen here in New York City.

We were sitting on opposite sides of the backseat. They immediately got their phone out and began recording the confrontation, which quickly went from bad to worse.

"It's my own vehicle. I didn't feel comfortable with them", he told the newspaper, adding that he asked the couple to stop kissing.

Iovine told the MailOnline: "Obviously, he's homophobic". Iovine said the driver began yelling at the two women for "being disrespectful and inappropriate" after they briefly kissed. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. Alex and Emma called the Uber to take them from Gowanus to the East Village.

Following reports of the incident, Uber refunded the women their $22 fare and issued an apology.


The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said on Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation. It said it is investigating.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told the NY Post that he believes drivers like the one seen in the video "don't belong on Uber".

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

"It's an unfortunate circumstance and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat".

The couple said they were deeply shaken by the incident, which occurred during Pride Month.

"We kind of keep to ourselves". "I would be nervous I think to kiss Emma again in an Uber", Iovine said.

Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver "pulled the cab over and said: 'You should not do that... do not do that'".

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