Couple kicked out of Uber for kissing

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

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

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.

The two women tell CNN that, several minutes after their peck, the driver pulled over onto the side of a Manhattan road, away from their destination, walked over to the rear passenger side door and opened it, telling them to get out.

The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones. It was during the ride just over the Manhattan Bridge when the couple says the incident began.

Iovine said her reaction to the ordeal quickly went from shock to anger.

"It's 2018 in New York City, and this isn't the way we live anymore", commission spokesperson Allen Fromberg said.

El Boutari told the New York Daily News that he was uncomfortable with the couple's behavior in his vehicle on the whole, not just with the kiss.

"I think we are going to steer clear of Uber for a bit", Pichl said.

A Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman calls the driver's behavior "ridiculous".

"Nothing is illegal", one of the women says. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.


"It's disrespectful", the 35-year-old says. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.

Ms Pichl told The Post that a moment later, the driver "grabbed" her arm to get her phone out of her hand.

But both Iovine and Pichl say they kissed once, and were not touching inappropriately. We paid for a full Uber ride.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating.

The women initially thought the unidentified driver was joking, but once they realized he wasn't they began recording the incident.

Iovine and Pichl had ordered an Uber to ferry them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party in East Village at around 5pm. Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community.

"We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour". "They reportedly have been refunded the cost of the $22 ride".

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience", Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick said. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere". "We are investigating and will take appropriate action", an Uber spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

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