Uber driver boots lesbian couple for kissing in the backseat

While the women initially thought the man was joking they soon realised that he meant what he was saying

While the women initially thought the man was joking they soon realised that he meant what he was saying

Shortly afterwards the taxi driver, Ahmad El Boutari, pulled over and said: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto".

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

"Yeah, it is illegal", the driver says. "We don't get out there much and march in the parade", Iovine says.

In video posted to Iovine's Facebook page, you hear the women asking the driver, "What's the issue?"

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the vehicle", Iovine 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. 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 backseat. "We were going back and forth trying to understand".

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The driver has been identified as Ahmad El Boutari by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, WABC-TV reported.

A confrontation between an uber driver and a same-sex couple was recorded on video. "You aren't allowed to do this".

The organisation's spokesman Allen Fromberg said the driver's behaviour - which involved calling his passengers "disrespectful" and repeatedly insisting that they were breaking the law - was "ridiculous", according to the Associated Press. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired. "Why are we getting kicked out of the Uber?' And he said, 'That's illegal.'" Eyewitness News tried to reach out to the driver but was unable to locate him.

Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver "pulled the cab over and said: 'You should not do that... do not do that'". As they were crossing the Manhattan bridge, Iovine said the couple leaned over to share a quick kiss. We paid for a full Uber ride. The couple's $22 fare was eventually refunded to them, and the ride-sharing company says it is investigating the incident.

An Uber spokesperson said, "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience". "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

"The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant", said the spokesman.

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

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