Couple kicked out of Uber for kissing

Couple kicked out of Uber for kissing

An Uber driver has had his livery licence suspended after he forced two kissing women to get out of his vehicle.

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl recorded a confrontation on a mobile phone with the man after they were allegedly thrown out his auto in NY on Saturday.

"I said ... don't do it", the driver, identified by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission as Ahmad El Boutari, tells the women who then ask the motorist if kissing is "illegal" in an Uber. The couple had called the Uber to take them from Gowanus to the East Village, and it was just over the Manhattan Bridge when they say the incident began.

The two women tell CNN that, several minutes after their peck, the driver pulled over onto the side of a Manhattan road, away from their destination, walked over to the rear passenger side door and opened it, telling them to get out.

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto", she said.

'He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips'.

El Boutari told the Daily News that the couple had been acting "crudely" in his vehicle even before the kiss.

"You are not allowed ... it's disrespectful ... it's disrespectful".

Iovine said that she had sent a complaint to Uber directly after the incident, but the company did not respond until the Daily News reported the flap.

The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones.

Mr El Boutari then says, "I don't care". "This doesn't feel right", Ioving said.

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto". CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. We paid for a full Uber ride.

Uber refunded the $22 fare and apologized to her for the inconvenience. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

A spokesman said the commission was investigating the incident.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick told the Daily News. "I was very surprised".

'It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC'.

"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. "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".

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