NY suspends Uber driver’s license for booting kissing women

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

The women - a couple in their 20s - were on their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday when they exchanged what they called a "peck" on the lips.

A lesbian couple accused an Uber driver in New York City of kicking them out of his vehicle after they kissed in the backseat.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission identified the driver as Ahmad El Boutari, reported WABC-TV. Alex and Emma even got a $22 refund.

Iovine and Emma Pichl were taking the Uber from Pig Beach Gowanus to the East Village on Saturday when Iovine gave Pichl a kiss.

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

"The middle seat was open. At one point we leaned over and pecked kiss, very fast", Ms Pichl told The Post on Monday. "That's genuinely all it was".

Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver "pulled the cab over and said: 'You should not do that... do not do that'". "I didn't feel comfortable with them", he said. "But that's not what was going on here".

Once over the bridge, Iovine said the driver suddenly pulled over and told the women to get out of the auto.

During the ride, the driver pulled his vehicle over on Canal Street and ordered the women out of his auto.

"Yeah, it is illegal", the driver says. "You don't do that".

A cellphone video taken by Pichl shows the driver saying that kissing in an Uber is illegal. "I did what I believe is my freedom", he said. "You don't do that here in the auto". "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Ms Pichl said.

El Boutari told the New York Daily News that the women played loud music on their phones and one put her feet on the seat.

"My girlfriend started laughing", she said.

"It's my own vehicle".

The couple questioned him about his decision and asked him why they were not allowed to kiss. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. However, the agency told the Daily News that it has not received complaints about the driver in the past and that it has launched its own investigation.

NYC's TLC, which governs taxis and other "for hire" cars, became aware of the incident after the New York Daily News Story, which included the video the women recorded.

'We are investigating and will take appropriate action'.

Uber is also investigating the case and said it had suspended the driver's access to its app, The Associated Press reported.

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

"Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?" "It's an unfortunate circumstance and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat". But please don't comment on someone's appearance or ask whether they are single.

"We kind of keep to ourselves". It was during the ride just over the Manhattan Bridge when the couple says the incident began.