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Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing

An Uber driver has had his livery licence suspended after he forced two kissing women to get out of his car.

The couple – Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl – were travelling from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday when they exchanged what they described as a “peck” on the lips.

They claimed that the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, then booted them out of the car – sparking an argument in the street.

The couple, who have been together for two years, filmed the row on a mobile phone.

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal – adding: “I don’t want to argue with you, just get out of my car. You can’t do this in the car.”

“Kissing is not illegal,” one of the women replies. “Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?”

“It’s disrespectful,” the 35-year-old says.

Emma Pichl, who was kicked out of an Uber after kissing her girlfriend
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Emma Pichl said she was shocked by what happened

Allen Fromberg, spokesman for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, said the city does not regulate behaviour in Uber cars – but added that what the driver had done was “unacceptable and repugnant” and “will not be tolerated”.

He added: “It’s 2018 in New York City, and this isn’t the way we live anymore.”

Uber has removed Mr El Boutari’s access to its app, saying it does not tolerate discrimination.

Mr El Boutari told the New York Daily News that the women played loud music on their phones and one put her feet on the seat, something Ms Iovine denied.

Alex Iovine who was told to leave an Uber after kissing her girlfriend
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Alex Iovine said the couple had never been targeted before

She said they had only “peck kissed” and were “not even touching” but that Mr El Boutari had been “very angry”.

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

“We’ve never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour.”

Ms Pichl, 24, said: “I think for both us it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say.”

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