Same-sex couple accuse Uber driver of kicking them out for kissing


A same-sex couple claim they were kicked out of an Uber by its driver because they were kissing.

Alex Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl recorded a confrontation on a mobile phone with the man after they were allegedly thrown out his car in New York on Saturday.

“We had leaned over and peck kissed and then a couple of minutes later the driver abruptly pulled over,” Ms Iovine told ABC7 Eyewitness News. 

The driver can be seen in the video telling the couple that what they did was illegal and disrespectful.

“I don’t want to argue with you, just get out of my car,” the man is heard saying to the pair. 

A confrontation between an uber driver and a same-sex couple was recorded on video. Source: Storyful

A minute-long clip of the encounter was uploaded to Facebook by Ms Iovine on Sunday, who described the confrontation as a “tough experience.”

“He started aggressively coming at us. That’s when we pulled out our phone,” Ms Pichl claimed, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News.

Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl say they were kicked out of an Uber after sharing a kiss in the back seat. Source: ABC7 Eyewitness News

The Taxi and Limousine Commission and Uber are now investigating. 

A Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesperson told ABC7 Eyewitness News: “The blatantly discriminatory behaviour described by the complainant is repugnant.”

A spokesperson for Uber said the company had reached out to the rider about her experience.

“Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination,” the spokesperson said.