Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

A lesbian couple claimed they were kicked out of their Uber by their driver on Saturday after sharing a quick kiss in the backseat of the vehicle.

A lesbian couple claims to have been kicked out of their Uber ride by a homophobic driver because they shared a small kiss in the back seat.

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

When asked about her reaction, the 26-year-old told WABC: "It went from shock to like anger".

A video one of the women took of the incident shows the driver claiming that the kiss was "illegal" and telling them to get out of his auto. RAW VIDEO: Alex started taking video. not knowing what was going to happen.

Iovine presses him to explain, asking: 'Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?'

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The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, which licenses about 180,000 drivers of vehicle services and yellow cabs, called his behaviour "ridiculous".

Iovine filmed driver Ahmed Elbotari telling them, "It's illegal", "It's disrespectful", and "You're not allowed to do this", with Iovine and Pichl arguing with him to understand what they did wrong.

Uber has apologised to the women and withdrawn Mr Boutari's licence saying it doesn't tolerate discrimination.

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping.

"It's my own auto. We don't get out there much and march in the parade", Iovine says.

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.

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

A spokesperson for Uber said the company had reached out to the rider about her experience. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

NYC's TLC, which governs taxis and other "for hire" cars, became aware of the incident after the New York Daily News Story, which included the video the women recorded.

Iovine told the Daily News they didn't behave inappropriately.

"It was a really bad experience", she said, "and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC". I haven't experienced homophobic behavior in the city.

A spokesman for New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission says el Boutari has been licensed since 2014, and that his license has been suspended after this incident, pending the outcome of the TLC's investigation. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

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