Uber must just love all this bad press. It seems like every week we hear a new horror story from the ride share service. Just last week, we had an Uber driver shoot their passenger. Thankfully, things didn’t escalate this much, but you sadly never know when a gun will show up in this day and age.
Alex Lovine and her girlfriend, Emma Pichl were in an Uber ride this past Saturday night in Manhattan, New York. The driver all of a sudden pulled over and ordered them to get out of his car.
The honestly didn’t think he was serious, but when he insisted, that’s when things got serious. That’s when the two busted out their phones to record the incident.
Why did the dude want them out of his car though? Lovine talked to the New York Daily News and said:
“We were sitting on opposite sides of the car. We leaned in for a peck, and that’s what it was, a legit peck.
My girlfriend started laughing. She thought he was joking.
He yelled at us for being disrespectful and inappropriate because we pecked on the lips.”
Glad we have cell phones with video cameras with us at all times, because the couple were able to get this video of the homophobic driver.
The driver who is Ahmed Elbotari, 35, yelled at the couple saying:
“It’s illegal. You can’t do this in the car. You aren’t allowed to do this.”
According to Uber’s Non-Discrimination policy:
“Uber seeks to ensure that safe, reliable, and high-quality transportation options are available to everyone. Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit discrimination against riders or drivers based on race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, gender identity, age or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.”
Sounds like Ahmed and his wrinkly shirt just was mad he couldn’t get any. Because they did nothing illegal. This is what happens when Uber accepts anyone to work for them though. He claimed they did more than just kiss though, which doesn’t really sound that truthful.
According to the New York Daily News he claims that:
“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.”
This all comes at a pretty poor time for Uber, since it’s Pride month and all. Just this month they Tweeted:
This #Pride month, and every month, we're proud to stand with our LGBTQ+ community of employees, drivers, and riders. Today, our leaders are sharing how they #RideWithPride. https://t.co/anZEv1NbWi https://t.co/s5LtEbDlh9
— Uber (@Uber) June 1, 2018
Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick said that, “Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience. We are investigating and will take appropriate action.”
Apparently Ahmed reported it as well, so we will see what comes of all this.
“Obviously, he’s homophobic. I was very surprised. I haven’t experienced homophobic behavior in the city. We live in this bubble and think this can’t happen here in New York City. This goes to show that it can happen anywhere.”
Don’t let this discrimination get you down though! Take a look at all these tweets loving on Pride month to get you in the mood for your parade in your city!
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