Lesbian couple booted out of Uber for kissing on the backseat

Roman Schwartz
June 13, 2018

And a same-sex IN couple said that a driver for Lyft, another popular ride-sharing service, also kicked them out for a "peck".

Iovine said she's aware of Uber's code of conduct, but was adamant that the two did nothing more than a quick smooch.

Both Iovine and the driver submitted complaints about the incident to Uber. And by tidying up after yourself - whether it's taking your trash home or cleaning up a spilled drink - you'll keep the auto in good condition and ensure the next person has a pleasant ride, too. "This doesn't feel right", Iovine said.

Alex Iovine, 26, said she and her girlfriend Emma Pichl, 24, were taking an Uber from Pig Beach in Gowanus to the East Village in New York City when they were booted mid-ride.

'It's illegal, ' he said. "Nothing is illegal. It is not illegal to kiss in NY". They say driver Ahmad El Boutari forced them out and a confrontation ensued.

"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 told the NY Post.

Iovine refuted El Boutari's recollection of the incident, telling the Daily News that "we would never disrespect someone else's vehicle in such manner and we always handle ourselves appropriately in public".

'It's disrespectful, ' he says as he reaches for the phone to stop the recording.

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"It's not illegal to kiss in NY", one of the women told El Boutari.

El Boutari added that he would have acted similarly if it had been a straight couple, though he admitted that he has "less tolerance" for same-sex couples.

Following reports of the incident, Uber refunded the women their $22 fare and issued an apology. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have been in touch with the rider regarding her experience", Hendrick said.

She said that she also filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission, but hasn't heard back from the online ride-hail company. It said it is investigating.

"Obviously, he's homophobic", she said.

"Honestly, we were scared and shocked, mostly shocked, because we have never experienced that type of prejudice, especially in New York City", Iovine told NBC News. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

The couple said they were deeply shaken by the incident, which occurred during Pride Month.

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