A lesbian couple was kicked out of their Uber ride by the driver because the girls were kissing each other in the back seat, Dailymail reports.
Now the driver has been banned by Uber for being homophobic. Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, were riding with the car service on Saturday evening, when they started smooching and snuggling in the back seat.
The driver pulled over and told the girls to get out of the car, saying they were being “disrespectful.” The girls recorded the incident and released a video that shows the driver’s name and license plate.
During the argument, the couple threatened to call the police and have the driver fired. Uber has removed the driver’s access to its app, saying it does not tolerate discrimination.
The driver, identified as Ahmad El Boutari, pulled the car over and told the kissing lesbians to get out of his car. “You can’t do this in the car,” El Boutari said. “It’s inappropriate.”
El Boutari says that he took offense to more than just the kissing. “I did what I believe is my freedom,” he said. “It’s my own car. I didn’t feel comfortable with them,” he said.
According to Uber Community Guidelines, passengers agree to the following upon entering the vehicle: “Don’t touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no-sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct between riders, no matter what.”
Ahmad El Boutari, meanwhile, is now unemployed. Uber revoked his ability to drive for the ride-sharing app, and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has suspended the driver’s taxi license, pending an investigation.