Uber Suspends Driver After Women Kicked Out Of Car Over Backseat Kiss

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

Two women say an Uber driver kicked them out of his vehicle after they shared a quick kiss in the backseat, the New York Daily News reported on Monday.

Iovine's video shows the driver, who was identified as Ahmad El Boutari, opening the back door and yelling at the women to leave.

"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. Alex Iovine says their driver reacted irrationally to their backseat display of affection, telling NBC NY, "We peck kissed, like I reached across and pecked kissed her".

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 vehicle".

They say the driver forced them out.

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The women allege that the Uber driver abruptly pulled over minutes after he witnessed them kissing in the backseat as they crossed the Manhattan Bridge.

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

"It's disrespectful", the driver replied. Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl are still upset after being thrown from that Uber auto.

Pichl told WABC that it was a "shock", adding that they would likely not use the ride-sharing app for the time being. Iovine began to take video of the encounter with her phone.

"It was a really awful experience", Iovine said, "and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during Pride Month in NYC".

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In an interview with NBC New York, Iovine admitted that their exchange "turned into anger, which we are not proud of". "He was very angry". The couple was heading back to Manhattan on Saturday after celebrating a friend's birthday at a Brooklyn bar.

"We understand that someone would feel uncomfortable if people were making out in the auto", Iovine says. "It was kind of a scary experience".

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. It said it is investigating.

"He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his auto", said Pichl.

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.

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