Uber driver who booted 2 kissing women has license suspended

Two women get kicked out of Uber after kiss

A spokesman for the taxi regulator in NY said: "There is a list of circumstances that are grounds for refusing service to a passenger and what happened is definitely not one of them".

A same-sex couple is speaking out about their ride in an Uber in which they say the driver kicked them out because they were kissing.

"I was taking an Uber yesterday afternoon in Manhattan when my driver abruptly pulled over and kicked myself and my girlfriend out of the auto", Iovine told the New York Daily News.

The advertising technology consultant released a one minute video of the driver kicking the couple out. "This doesn't feel right", Iovine said. "At one point we leaned over and peck-kissed, very fast".

The recording began as one of the women asked the driver, who had exited the vehicle, what the issue was.

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 don't do that here in the auto. You aren't allowed to do this".

The couple questioned him about his decision and asked him why they were not allowed to kiss.

The grabbie cabbie reaches for one of the women's phones to stop her from videotaping.

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When they protest, telling him that "kissing is not illegal", he insists they're wrong, saying: "Yes, it is illegal".

"Kissing is not not illegal", one of the woman replied.

An Uber spokeswoman told ABC News that they are in touch with the women and investigating the incident. "They reportedly have been refunded the cost of the $22 ride".

Uber, which is based in San Francisco, has removed El Boutari's access to its app, saying it does not tolerate discrimination. A spokesperson for the TLC said, "The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant". Iovino also filed a complaint with New York City's Human Rights Commission, according to the Daily News.

Meanwhile, Iovine and Pichl say the incident has changed their perspective on being in a same-sex couple in New York City.

Both Iovine and the driver submitted complaints about the incident to Uber.

"We've reached out to the victim, and will be starting the investigation today", Deputy Commissioner Allan Fromberg told the newspaper.

The women and the driver haven't responded to messages left on Tuesday seeking comment.

"It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC", Iovine said.

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