Uber: Lesbian couple kicked out by 'homophobic' driver for kissing

The couple spoke to Eyewitness News and says they were doing nothing wrong.

The PDA was too much for the driver, who pulled the vehicle over on Canal St.as it reached the other side of the Manhattan Bridge.The experience opened the couple's eyes to how pervasive prejudice can be.

The women say that the driver soon pulled over, opened the doors, and said, "You should not do that".

One of the outraged women then questions the driver, saying, "What are you f***ing talking about?" But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing.

The spokesman said: "It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore", before adding that El Boutari had committed "an unacceptable and repugnant act that will not be tolerated". "That's when we started going back and forth just being like "What?"

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission calls the driver's behavior "ridiculous". In phone video taken by one of the women, the driver says kissing in an Uber is illegal.

"You are not allowed ... it's disrespectful ... it's disrespectful". "It went from shock to anger", Iovine said. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.

Ms Pichl, 24, said: "I think for both us it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say".

Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver "pulled the cab over and said: 'You should not do that... do not do that'".

Uber's Community Guidelines state, in the "Give riders and drivers some personal space" section, "We all value our personal space and privacy".

Uber has also removed El Boutari's access to its app while it investigates the incident. "We never thought something like this would happen to us".

An Uber statement reads: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said on Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation. As they were crossing the Manhattan bridge, Iovine said the couple leaned over to share a quick kiss. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere". The couple's $22 fare was eventually refunded to them, and the ride-sharing company says it is investigating the incident.

The spokeswoman, who did not identify the driver, said the accusation is troubling and that Uber takes such reports seriously.

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