Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Alex Iovine and Emma PIchl

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A same-sex couple claims that a New York Uber driver kicked them out of his vehicle after the two shared a "peck" kiss during a ride.

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, ordered an Uber Saturday to take them from the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn to the East Village in Manhattan, they told ABC New York station WABC-TV.

'We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto, ' she told the New York Daily News. "We leaned in for a peck, and that's what it was, a legit peck".

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

"I said the first time, don't do it", the driver responded.

'My girlfriend started laughing.

The women initially thought the man was joking, but once they realized he wasn't they began recording the incident.

Iovine says the two are aware of Uber's policy against riders having sex in the backseat, but that the kiss was far from objectionable.

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"You can't do this in the auto", the driver says. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.

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

"It's disrespectful", the driver said.

The couple become enraged, threatening to call police.

The driver can be seen in the video telling the couple that what they did was illegal and disrespectful.

The women then responded by stating that kissing isn't illegal.

But Iovine said that was not true.

The hack, who has been licensed since September 2014 and has no other active complaints against him, said he took offense to more than just the tonsil hockey. "That's how fast it was that's why I say 'pecked'".

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Elbotari said the couple were acting crude in his cab. "Just get out of my auto", which they eventually did. But please don't comment on someone's appearance or ask whether they are single. Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple.

Following reports of the incident, Uber refunded the women their $22 fare and issued an apology.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", an Uber spokesperson told Newsweek in a statement.

'We are investigating and will take appropriate action'.

Hendrick said that the driver had reported the incident as well. Iovino also filed a complaint with New York City's Human Rights Commission, according to the Daily News.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating.

'Obviously, he's homophobic. I was very surprised. I haven't experienced homophobic behavior in the city.

"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", Pichl said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

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