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Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has licence suspended

13 June 2018

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.

Shortly afterwards the taxi driver, Ahmad El Boutari, pulled over and said: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto. I did what I believe is my freedom", he said. As they were crossing the Manhattan bridge, Iovine said the couple leaned over to share a quick kiss.

She said they had only "peck kissed" and were "not even touching" but that Mr El Boutari had been "very angry". "My girlfriend started laughing", Iovine told the tabloid. "She thought he was joking". Allan Fromberg says it's 2018 and "this isn't the way we live any more".

"I don't give a s-- about them".

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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". "But I think this has inspired us to get our voice out there more and get out there to celebrate everything this community has done, (what) we have to offer as human beings and the rights that we deserve".

A lesbian couple in New York City said they were booted from an Uber over the weekend for sharing a "peck kiss" in the backseat. The driver is seen exclaiming in the video that what the couple did is illegal.

"It's my own vehicle".

Iovine said she has yet to receive a response from Uber, adding: 'Getting this out there, getting a refund and getting an apology is all I want right now'. We paid for a full Uber ride. It's OK to chat with other people in the auto. Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. As a passenger, if you need to make a phone call, keep your voice down to avoid disturbing your driver or other riders.

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A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his auto windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016. It's common courtesy not to shout, swear or slam the auto door. "You can't do this in the auto". Please respect those differences.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said on Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation.

According to Uber, which has a non-discrimination policy, the incident was also reported to the company by the driver.

An Uber spokeswoman told ABC News that they are in touch with the women and investigating the incident.

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Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has licence suspended