A New York Uber driver has had his license suspended after forcing a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing.
Emma Pichl, 24, and Alex Iovine, 26, used the app to book an Uber on Saturday, travelling from Brooklyn to Manhattan’s East Village district.
“We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city,” said Miss Pichl.
“We were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat. At one point we leaned over and pecked kiss, very fast.”
Shortly after the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, “pulled the cab over and said, ‘You should not do that … do not do that,’” said Miss Pichl.
She took out her mobile phone and began filming the incident.
Mr El Boutari can be heard saying: “You are not allowed. It’s disrespectful.
One of the women then responds: “I want to understand – what did we do wrong? It’s not illegal. Anyone can kiss in a cab.”
Miss Pichl explained: “He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his car.
“We were going back and forth trying to understand.”
On Tuesday New York City’s taxi and limousine commission said that he had had his licence suspended.
“It’s 2018 in New York City, and this isn’t the way we live anymore,” said Allen Fromberg, spokesman for the commission.
Uber has removed Mr El Boutari’s access to its app, saying it does not tolerate discrimination. It said it is investigating.
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