Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber by 'homophobic' driver

Lesbian couple kicked out of Uber by 'homophobic' driver

A same-sex couple is speaking out about their ride in an Uber in which they say the driver kicked them out because they were kissing.

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Alex Iovine, 26, and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, 24, were riding with the vehicle service on Saturday evening in Manhattan when the driver suddenly pulled over and told them to get out of the auto.

The couple, who say they had been drinking but weren't drunk, recorded a cellphone video showing the driver, 35-year-old Ahmed Elbotari, booting them from his auto. 'We leaned in for a peck, and that's what it was, a legit peck'.

Iovine, who did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment, referred to the driver as "homophobic" and said she believed the driver was offended by the kiss because of his religion.

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.

When they protest, telling him that "kissing is not illegal", he insists they're wrong, saying: "Yes, it is illegal". The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones. ". Don't do that here in the auto".

The guidelines also have a "Respect each other section": "Treat your fellow riders and drivers as you would like to be treated yourself: with respect".

"It's not illegal to kiss in NY", one of the women told El Boutari.

But both Iovine and Pichl say they kissed once, and were not touching inappropriately. "But I think this has inspired us to get our voice out there more and get out there to celebrate everything this community has done, (what) we have to offer as human beings and the rights that we deserve". The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.

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

Fromberg noted that the city does not regulate behaviour in Uber cars and similar services, but he called what the driver did to the women "an unacceptable and repugnant act that will not be tolerated".

'My girlfriend started laughing.

Alex Iovine, 26, said she and her girlfriend Emma Pichl, 24, were taking an Uber from Pig Beach in Gowanus to the East Village in New York City when they were booted mid-ride. "That's when we pulled out our phone".

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