An Uber passenger, after a confrontation with the driver, recorded video of the situation, during which she with another woman appeared for being kicked out of the car by the driver because they kissed each other on the backseat.
Alex Iovine, an advertising technology consultant, aged 26 reported that she with her girlfriend, Emma Pichl, aged 24, a senior recruiter, ‘hailed the livery to go from a birthday party at the bar Pig Beach, in Brooklyn, to another friend’s birthday party in the East Village about 5 p.m’.
“We were sitting on opposite sides of the car,” she said. “We leaned in for a peck, and that’s what it was, a legit peck.” Moreover, she added, “He said, ‘Get out of my car,’” Iovine said. “My girlfriend started laughing. She thought he was joking. He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips”.
Ahmed Elbotari, driver of the cab, aged 35, wearing a wrinkled, ill-fitting undershirt and frosted sunglasses, can be viewed in phone recording, to which Iovine posted to YouTube, seen as he opens the back door of the car after pulling over at Canal St. to force the women to leave.
“It’s illegal,” the driver also told Iovine and she asked him why he’s putting them out. “You can’t do this in the car. You aren’t allowed to do this.”
Elbotari said that the couple was acting crude in the cab. He also forced the other to smell her armpit but the showed no response, also they played loud videos on their phones, one put her feet on his seat, and had the kiss.
Iovine said, “We would never disrespect someone else’s car in such manner and we always handle ourselves appropriately in public”. Iovine reported that she had also complained to Uber directly after the incident, but the company did not respond until the Daily News reported the incident.
Susan Hendrick, Uber spokeswoman said, “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience,” he also added, “We are investigating and will take appropriate action”.
Uber also apologized to her and refunded the $22 fare for the inconvenience.