An Uber driver in the United States kicked 2 women out of his cab because they were kissing in the back seat, calling the act illegal.
The driver was identified as Ahmad el Boutari. His taxi licence, required to drive for Uber in New York City, has been suspended as the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission was probing the incident, as per CNN reports on Wednesday.
Alex Iovine, 26, and Emma Pichl, 24, have been dating for nearly two years and were heading back to Manhattan last week after celebrating a friend’s birthday at a bar.
“The middle seat was open. We were just having a conversation throughout the ride and, at one point, we leaned over into the middle and peck-kissed,” Iovine said. “That’s genuinely all it was.”
Uber has listed community guidelines on its website, which specify that “you shouldn’t touch or flirt with other people in the car” and that there’s “no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what”.
“We understand that someone would feel uncomfortable if people were making out in the car,” Iovine said. “But that’s not what was going on here.”
The women told CNN Uber refunded their $15 fare. Uber spokeswoman, Susan Hendrick said that the company removed the driver’s access to the app and that it was probing the incident.
“Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination and we have been in touch with the rider regarding her experience,” Hendrick said.