"It's not illegal to kiss in NY". "I did what I believe is my freedom", he said. A confrontation ensued. In phone video taken by one of the women, the driver says kissing in an Uber is illegal. The driver is seen exclaiming in the video that what the couple did is illegal.
They claimed that the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, then booted them out of the vehicle - sparking an argument in the street.
Alex Iovine, 26, and her girlfriend Emma Pichl, 24, say they were headed from one birthday party to another in New York City when they requested the ride-hailing service. Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl are still upset after being thrown from that Uber auto.
"It's my own auto". He said one forced the other to smell her armpit, they played loud videos on their phones, one put her feet on his seat and they kissed.
Iovine told the Daily News they didn't behave inappropriately. CNN reached out to the couple about el Boutari's claims.
Iovine told the Daily News that Uber did not respond to her complaint until the newspaper reported the incident. "They reportedly have been refunded the cost of the $22 ride".
The women initially thought the unidentified driver was joking, but once they realized he wasn't they began recording the incident.
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Hendrick said that the driver had reported the incident as well.
"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", an Uber spokesperson told Newsweek in a statement. "He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips".
A spokesperson for the TLC said, "The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant".
"This is an open society and Uber is a platform that is available to anybody regardless of your background, your orientation, and that is sacred to us", he continued.
Elbotari said Iovine is only telling half the story. But please don't comment on someone's appearance or ask whether they are single.
"We kind of keep to ourselves".
"We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour". "But I think this has inspired us to get our voice out there more and get out there to celebrate everything this community has done, (what) we have to offer as human beings and the rights that we deserve".