Another incident with the ride-sharing company Uber has made headlines after an Uber driver reportedly kicked a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing. The Uber driver has since had his license suspended by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission Tuesday. TLC spokesman Allen Fromberg said, "It’s 2018 in New York City, and this isn’t the way we live anymore."
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Emma Pichl, 24, and Alex Lovine, 26, called an Uber from the Pig Beach bar in Gowanus, Brooklyn Saturday night to take them to the East Village. "We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city. We were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat. At one point we leaned over and pecked kiss, very fast," Pichl said. Just five minutes into the ride, the driver Ahmad El Boutari, "pulled the cab over and said, 'You should not do that … do not do that,'" the Uber driver said according to Pichl.
"He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his car," Pichl explained. "We were going back and forth trying to understand." Videos of the incident began circulating online making an appearance on YouTube under the title "Uber driver kicks 2 girls out of his car for being gay". Another copy of the video was uploaded under the title, "New York Uber driver kicks out the lesbian couple out of the car for kissing" which you can view below.
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In the video, El Boutari tells the two lesbian passengers that kissing is "illegal." It turns out the joke is on El Boutari who has now lost access to the Uber app after a statement from the company condemned his actions. Uber also said it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating the incident.
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