The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones.
"We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city".
One of the outraged women then questions the driver, saying, "What are you f***ing talking about?"
'My girlfriend started laughing.
We were sitting on opposite sides of the backseat.
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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". A confrontation ensued. In phone video taken by one of the women, the driver says kissing in an Uber is illegal. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying. Iovine said the driver began yelling at the two women for "being disrespectful and inappropriate" after they briefly kissed. The women then threatened to call the police and have the driver fired.
Elbotari also spoke to the News, claiming that the couple was simply acting obnoxious, with one of them forcing the other to smell her armpit, playing music loudly on their phones, putting feet on the seat.
Just five minutes after that, Pichl said the driver "pulled the cab over and said: 'You should not do that... do not do that'". We paid for a full Uber 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. Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community.
She said they were in lower Manhattan when the driver pulled over, opened a rear door and ordered them to "get out of my vehicle".
"We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour". "This goes to show that it can happen anywhere".
The spokesperson said that both the rider and the driver reported the incident.
The Taxi & Limousine Commission, which is responsible for regulating Uber and other ride-hail apps, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. The couple's $22 fare was eventually refunded to them, and the ride-sharing company says it is investigating the incident.