Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Lesbian Couple Says They Were Kicked From Uber Over a 'Peck'

Lesbian Couple Says They Were Kicked From Uber Over a 'Peck'

Transport for London says it won't renew a license for Uber to operate in the British capital.

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

El Boutari was captured in a video posted to YouTube telling the women he found their kissing "disrespectful".

Emma Pichl, 24, and her girlfriend of two years, Alex Iovine, 26, had just left a friend's birthday party at a bar in Brooklyn around 5pm on Saturday when the pair hailed an Uber to take them to another friend's party.

"It's illegal", the driver said after Iovine asks him why he's putting them out.

"Nothing is illegal", one of the women says.

The company responded with a statement saying: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".

The women reported the driver to New York City's Human Rights Commission, as well as to Uber, the Daily Mail said.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said on Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation.

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Iovine presses him to explain, asking: "Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?"

A similar incident occurred in Houston last December, when a gay couple claimed an Uber driver dropped them off at the side of a freeway after they kissed in his auto. But Iovine and Pichl said they were doing no such thing.

A lesbian couple claimed they were kicked out of their Uber by their driver on Saturday after sharing a quick kiss in the backseat of the vehicle.

Uber CEO Dana Khosrowshahi said the driver doesn't "belong driving, period".

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

Elbotari also spoke to the News, claiming that the couple was simply acting obnoxious, with one of them forcing the other to smell her armpit, playing music loudly on their phones, putting feet on the seat. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. "I didn't feel comfortable with them".

He added: "It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore". "It went from shock to anger", Iovine said.

"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", Pichl said. "We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behavior" Iovine said.

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