Lesbian couple booted out of Uber for kissing on the backseat

Lesbian couple booted out of Uber for kissing on the backseat

The driver's taxi license, required to drive for Uber in New York City, has been suspended as the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission investigates what happened.

Pichl said, "I'd say if he feels so uncomfortable with two girls pecking in the backseat then he shouldn't be an Uber driver in New York City".

The couple went back and forth with the driver for a bit, demanding to know why they were getting kicked out, according to ABC7NY.

The couple were heading home after a birthday party in Brooklyn, the article said, and the auto had just crossed the Manhattan Bridge when the kiss took place; a few minutes later the driver let the women know he had taken umbrage, Emma Pichl, 24, told the Post.

Video footage shows the moment the man informs the pair that kissing in the back of the vehicle is illegal.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick told the Daily News.

Uber has also removed El Boutari's access to its app while it investigates the incident.

"Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?" The riders and the driver reported the incident to Uber, she said. But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing.

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They press him on the issue, but he tells them that "it's disrespectful" before seeming to attempt to take the phone they're using to record the argument. Iovine told the Daily News the driver pulled over after they crossed the Manhattan Bridge and told them to get out of the auto.

On the other hand, the driver is reportedly claiming that the problem was not just with the kiss, but that they were playing loud videos on the phone.

While the women initially thought the man was joking, they soon realised that he meant what he was saying.

In an interview with NBC New York, Iovine admitted that their exchange "turned into anger, which we are not proud of".

"The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant", said the spokesman.

"I don't give a shit about them. It's an unfortunate circumstance and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat".

During the altercation, when Pichl started recording the scene, "he grabbed Emma's arm to try to get her to stop", Iovine said. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. "We don't get out there much and march in the parade", Iovine says.

"We were in shock", Pichl told the media.

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