Uber driver who kicked out two kissing women has license suspended

New York Daily News

Two women say an Uber driver kicked them out of his vehicle after he saw them kiss in the back seat.

Alex Iovine, 26, and Emma Pichl, 24, live together in Manhattan and have been dating for almost two years.

"We were sitting on opposite sides of the auto", she said.

"After we had peck-kissed, sitting on opposite sides of the back seat and not even touching, I saw him looking at me in the rearview mirror", she said.

"We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city".

"He said, 'Get out of my auto, '" Iovine said.

"My girlfriend started laughing", she said.

The women initially thought the man was joking, but once they realized he wasn't they began recording the incident. "I would be nervous I think to kiss Emma again in an Uber", Iovine said.

'He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips'.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission identified the driver as Ahmad el Boutari. 'You can't do this in the auto. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.

The women press him for a better explanation for cutting the ride short.

The couple become enraged, threatening to call police.

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"It's illegal", the driver says in the video.

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

One of the women said, "What are you fucking talking about?"

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. Elbotari replies, "I don't give a shit". The video, which noted the driver's name and his license plate number, has been viewed more than 1,400 times.

Elbotari said the couple were acting crude in his cab. "I didn't feel comfortable with them", he told the newspaper, adding that he asked the couple to stop kissing.

"Yeah, it's illegal", the driver said.

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

Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".

Both the driver and the riders reported the incident to Uber.

"Obviously, he's homophobic", she said.

"It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore", commission spokesperson Allen Fromberg said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

The guidelines also have a "Respect each other section": "Treat your fellow riders and drivers as you would like to be treated yourself: with respect".

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