Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Irving Hamilton
June 13, 2018

Uber has behaviour rules amounting to, basically, no sex in cars.

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. "At one point we leaned over and pecked kiss, very fast", Pichl told The Post Monday.

When asked about her reaction, the 26-year-old told WABC: "It went from shock to like anger".

Elbotari also spoke to the News, claiming that the couple was simply acting obnoxious, with one of them forcing the other to smell her armpit, playing music loudly on their phones, putting feet on the seat. The video, which noted the driver's name and his license plate number, has been viewed more than 1,400 times. "This doesn't feel right", Iovine said.

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

During the altercation, when Pichl started recording the scene, "he grabbed Emma's arm to try to get her to stop", Iovine said.

During the ride, the driver pulled his vehicle over on Canal Street and ordered the women out of his auto.

The driver, Ahmed Elbotari, 35, wearing a wrinkled, ill-fitting undershirt and frosted sunglasses, can be seen on the recording opening the backdoor of the auto after pulling over at Canal St.to force the couple out when he eyed the lip lock. 'You can't do this in the vehicle. "You aren't allowed to do this". Why are we getting kicked out of the Uber?' and he said.

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"It's disrespectful", the driver says. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.

When one of the women asked whether kissing was against Uber policy, the driver replied, "I don't want to argue with you". Uber refunded Iovine the $22 fare and reportedly apologized to her.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick told the Daily News. TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg says "we reached out to them (the women) immediately and commenced an investigation".

In addition to filing the complaint with the city Human Right's Commission, the couple reported the incident to Uber, as did Elbotari.

'We live in this bubble and think this can't happen here in New York City.

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.

'It was a really bad experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC'.

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