Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Uber Suspends Driver After Women Kicked Out Of Car Over Backseat Kiss

Alex Iovine Alex Iovine
Nellie Chapman | 13 June, 2018, 20:59

A spokesman for the taxi regulator in NY said: "There is a list of circumstances that are grounds for refusing service to a passenger and what happened is definitely not one of them". The couple had called the Uber to take them from Gowanus to the East Village, and it was just over the Manhattan Bridge when they say the incident began.

'He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips'. "That's genuinely all it was". "You can't do that in the auto".

But both Iovine and Pichl say they kissed once, and were not touching inappropriately.

"He said, 'Get out of my auto, '" Iovine said. "We had leaned over and peck kissed, and then a couple of minutes later, the driver abruptly pulled over".

The recording began as one of the women asked the driver, who had exited the auto, what the issue was. "You don't do that".

When one of the women asked whether kissing was against Uber policy, the driver replied, "I don't want to argue with you". The video, which noted the driver's name and his license plate number, has been viewed more than 1,400 times. "You don't do that here in the vehicle". One of the women says, "It's not illegal to kiss in New York" and threatens him, "We're going to get you fired".

'We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto, ' she told the New York Daily News. "My girlfriend started laughing".

"It's my own auto".

The driver then told the women he didn't care when they threatened to report him.

Iovine told the Daily News they didn't behave inappropriately. Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple. The women told CNN Uber refunded their $15 fare. He said one forced the other to smell her armpit, they played loud videos on their phones, one put her feet on his seat and they kissed. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination", the spokesperson said.

Uber has removed Mr El Boutari's access to its app, saying it does not tolerate discrimination.

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told the NY Post that he believes drivers like the one seen in the video "don't belong on Uber".

"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", Khosrowshahi said. "It's an unfortunate circumstance and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat".

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating. "Don't f***ing touch her", Ms Iovine is heard saying in the clip.

"We kind of keep to ourselves".