Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Lesbian Couple Says They Were Kicked From Uber Over a 'Peck'

Lesbian Couple Says They Were Kicked From Uber Over a 'Peck'

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 vehicle.

"We had leaned over and peck kissed and then a couple of minutes later the driver abruptly pulled over", Ms Iovine told ABC7 Eyewitness News. "My girlfriend started laughing".

Iovine filmed driver Ahmed Elbotari telling them, "It's illegal", "It's disrespectful", and "You're not allowed to do this", with Iovine and Pichl arguing with him to understand what they did wrong.

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

A lesbian couple was allegedly thrown out of an Uber for kissing.

"You don't do that here in the vehicle. You aren't allowed to do this". "It's disrespectful", El Boutari says.

The couple angrily threatens to call the police, saying: 'It's not illegal to kiss in NY'.

"It's my own vehicle, I didn't feel comfortable with them", Elbotari said.

He told the Daily News that he "didn't feel comfortable" with the women, who he added were playing loud videos on their phones and exhibiting other behavior he found inappropriate.

"It's illegal", he is heard saying after being asked why he's kicking them out.

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Iovine told the Daily News that Uber did not respond to her complaint until the newspaper reported the incident.

Iovine said that she had sent a complaint to Uber directly after the incident, but the company did not respond until the Daily News reported the flap.

Uber released a statement saying, "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".

Uber refunded the $22 fare and apologized to her for the inconvenience.

"He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his auto", said Pichl. The driver said "he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones" and insisted "he would do the same for a straight couple, but acknowledged he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple", the News reports.

The driver, identified by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as Ahmad El Boutari, even objected to having his picture taken.

"We've reached out to the victim, and will be starting the investigation today", Deputy Commissioner Allan Fromberg told the newspaper.

Iovine told the MailOnline: "Obviously, he's homophobic. That's when we pulled out our phone", Ms Pichl claimed, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News. "I was very surprised". I haven't experienced homophobic behaviour in the city. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".

'It was a really bad experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC'.

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