Uber driver boots lesbian couple for kissing in the backseat

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl say they were kicked out of an Uber after sharing a kiss in the back seat. Source ABC7 Eyewitness NewsMore

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl say they were kicked out of an Uber after sharing a kiss in the back seat. Source ABC7 Eyewitness NewsMore

A lesbian couple taking an Uber found out that you never know who your driver could be, and sometimes that can lead to unexpected problems.

Alex Iovine, 26, and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, 24, said the ordeal began on Saturday evening after they'd ordered an Uber to take them from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

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

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

Ms Pichl, who noted that neither she nor Ms Iovine was intoxicated, added: "He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his vehicle ... we were going back and forth trying to understand". One of the women pulled out her phone and started recording.

However, the driver, identified in the article as Ahmad El Boutari, was serious.

A cellphone video taken by Pichl shows the driver saying that kissing in an Uber is illegal.

"This blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant, and will not be tolerated in the City of New York", Fromberg said.

The CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, issued a statement in which she said that homophobic drivers "don't belong on Uber", the Post reported in a followup article.

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Uber refunded the $22 fare and apologized to her for the inconvenience. Even so, the two are planning on steering clear of Uber for a while after being shaken up after the incident.

"This is an open society and Uber is a platform that is available to anybody regardless of your background, your orientation, and that is sacred to us".

"It is an unfortunate circumstance, and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat", Khosrowshahi added.

It was captured on cell phone video.

"It's illegal", he is heard saying after being asked why he's kicking them out. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims. "I thought he was kidding and then Alex said, 'I don't think he is'". "I did what I believe is my freedom".

"It's my own vehicle". Elbotari replies, "I don't give a shit".

For the women, the problem is seemingly obvious.

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto", Iovine said. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Ms Pichl said.

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