Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out Of Car For Kissing

Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out Of Car For Kissing

When one of the women asked whether kissing was against Uber policy, the driver replied, "I don't want to argue with you".

"And then he opened the auto doors", she said.

'It's disrespectful, ' he says as he reaches for the phone to stop the recording.

"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. We were just having a conversation throughout the ride and, at one point, we leaned over into the middle and peck-kissed", Iovine told CNN.

Uber lists community guidelines on its website, which specify that "you shouldn't touch or flirt with other people in the auto", and that there's "no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what".

El Boutari was captured in a video posted to YouTube telling the women he found their kissing "disrespectful".

Allen Fromberg, spokesman for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, said the city does not regulate behaviour in Uber cars - but added that what the driver had done was "unacceptable and repugnant" and "will not be tolerated".

Five minutes later, according to Pichl, the driver "pulled the cab over and said 'you should not do that...do not do that'".

"Kissing is not illegal", the women protested.

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"Get off of her phone". However, the agency told the Daily News that it has not received complaints about the driver in the past and that it has launched its own investigation. "I think we are going to steer clear of Uber for a bit". It was 22 bucks". But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing.

On Saturday, the Manhattan couple filed a complaint with Uber, which contacted the pair on Monday, apologised and said the company would fully refund their ride. Definitely very shaken and upset.

"It's 2018 in New York City and this isn't the way we live any more".

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

Iovine said she's aware of Uber's code of conduct, but was adamant that the two did nothing more than a quick smooch.

Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating.

An Uber spokeswoman told ABC News that they are in touch with the women and investigating the incident. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".

She said they had only "peck kissed" and were "not even touching" but that Mr El Boutari had been "very angry".

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.

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