Uber driver suspended after ‘kicking out a lesbian couple for kissing’

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl (alex iovine and emma pichl/facebook)

An Uber driver who allegedly forced a lesbian couple out of his car after they shared a brief kiss has been suspended.

In a shocking video posted on Facebook, the two women – Emma Pichl, 24, and her girlfriend Alex Iovine, 26 – could be seen being told by driver Ahmad El Boutari that their kiss was “illegal.”

El Boutari has now had his licence suspended by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The couple (Emma Pichl/facebook)

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.

The spokesman said: “It’s 2018 in New York City, and this isn’t the way we live anymore,” before adding that El Boutari had committed “an unacceptable and repugnant act that will not be tolerated.”

Uber has also removed El Boutari’s access to its app while it investigates the incident.

The driver protests (alex iovine/facebook)

Speaking to the New York Post, Pichl recounted what happened, saying: “We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city.

“We were sitting on opposite sides of the backseat. At one point we leaned over and pecked [a] kiss, very fast,” she said.

Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver “pulled the cab over and said: ‘You should not do that… do not do that.'”

The couple with friends (Emma Pichl/facebook)

When he forced them to step out of the vehicle, the couple started recording.

In the video, El Boutari tells the pair that their actions are “illegal. You don’t do this.”

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