Two women get kicked out of Uber after kiss in back seat

Andrew Cummings
June 14, 2018

Transport for London says it won't renew a license for Uber to operate in the British capital.

Uber has suspended the licence of one of its drivers after a lesbian couple were allegedly booted out of his vehicle in New York City. They say Ahmad El Boutari forced them out, sparking a confrontation.

The women, Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl, wanted to take an Uber from Gowanus to the East Village in New York City.

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto".

RAW VIDEO: Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating.


Shortly afterwards the taxi driver, Ahmad El Boutari, pulled over and said: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my vehicle".

An Uber spokeswoman told ABC News that they are in touch with the women and investigating the incident.

"This is an open society and Uber is platform that is available to anybody regardless of your background, your orientation", Khosrowshahi said, "and that is sacred to us".

The organisation's spokesman Allen Fromberg said the driver's behaviour - which involved calling his passengers "disrespectful" and repeatedly insisting that they were breaking the law - was "ridiculous", according to the Associated Press. "I didn't feel comfortable with them", he said. "At one point we leaned over and pecked [a] kiss, very fast", she said.

Iovine and Pichl were refunded the $22 for the ride, they told ABC News, but they are now apprehensive about using the ride-hailing service. He said they played loud videos on their phones and that one of the women put her feet up on the seats. A spokesperson for the TLC said, "The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant".


While the women initially thought the man was joking, they soon realised that he meant what he was saying. He did admit that his tolerance was shorter because the couple was a same-sex couple.

"It is an unfortunate circumstance, and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat", Khosrowshahi added. Elbotari replies, "I don't give a shit". "It went from shock to anger", Iovine said.

"We kind of keep to ourselves".

But Iovine said that was not true.

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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