"We had leaned over and peck kissed and then a couple of minutes later the driver abruptly pulled over", Iovine said.
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"He started yelling at us that we were disrespectful and inappropriate and that he wants us out of his auto", said Pichl.
When Iovine presses him to explain why they're being ousted, Elbotari says "it's disrespectful". In phone video taken by one of the women, the driver says kissing in an Uber is illegal. "It went from shock to anger", Iovine said.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission identified the driver as Ahmad el Boutari. "My girlfriend started laughing".
"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", Khosrowshahi told the NY Post.
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".
The driver says: "It's illegal".
Uber CEO Dana Khosrowshahi said the driver doesn't "belong driving, period".
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Another neighbor told Fox 13 Cheeks "loves her grandkids" and that they were "always outside playing with the dogs and stuff". The report also notes there were no air conditioning vents in the back of her SUV and that the children became hot.
"I don't give a shit about them".
"It's my own auto, I didn't feel comfortable with them", Elbotari said. Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple.
An Uber statement reads: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".
Uber refunded the $22 fare and apologized to her for the inconvenience. "We are investigating and will take appropriate action". Iovino also filed a complaint with New York City's Human Rights Commission, according to the Daily News.
Iovine told the Daily News they didn't behave inappropriately. However, the agency told the Daily News that it has not received complaints about the driver in the past and that it has launched its own investigation. A spokesman said the commission was investigating the incident.
"We've reached out to the victim, and will be starting the investigation today", Fromberg said.
"It was a really awful experience - and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC", Iovine said.
'Obviously, he's homophobic. I was very surprised.
"Honestly, we were scared and shocked, mostly shocked, because we have never experienced that type of prejudice, especially in New York City", Iovine told NBC News. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".