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Uber CEO slams driver who booted lesbian couple over kiss

13 June 2018, 08:59 | Joann Bryant

The couple

The couple

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

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, are accusing an Uber driver in New York City of discriminating against them after he allegedly kicked them out of the auto for kissing in the backseat.

The driver says: "It's illegal". It was during the ride just over the Manhattan Bridge when the couple says the incident began.

In video posted to Iovine's Facebook page, you hear the women asking the driver, "What's the issue?" But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing. He said they played loud videos on their phones and that one of the women put her feet up on the seats.

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto", Iovine recalled to the New York Daily News. "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".

"It's not illegal to kiss in NY", one of the women told El Boutari. "You aren't allowed to do this". Iovine said the driver began yelling at the two women for "being disrespectful and inappropriate" after they briefly kissed.

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




Ms Pichl told The Post that a moment later, the driver "grabbed" her arm to get her phone out of her hand.

"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", Pichl said. But please don't comment on someone's appearance or ask whether they are single.

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

"We would never try to upset someone in their own vehicle", she said by telephone.

Meanwhile, Iovine and Pichl say the incident has changed their perspective on being in a same-sex couple in New York City.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick said. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".

The shocking incident occurred in New York, USA, after the couple ordered the Uber to take them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party at around 5pm.

Fromberg noted that the city does not regulate behaviour in Uber cars and similar services, but he called what the driver did to the women "an unacceptable and repugnant act that will not be tolerated".



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