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New York City suspends Uber driver's license for booting kissing women

13 June 2018

After the couple complained to Uber, the company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi condemned El Boutari's actions, saying: "I think they don't belong driving, period".

But then the driver pulled over and told them to "get out", according to Iovine.

"Yeah, it is illegal", the driver says. It was during the ride just over the Manhattan Bridge when the couple says the incident began.

The recording began as one of the women asked the driver, who had exited the auto, what the issue was.

Iovine said she has yet to receive a response from Uber, adding: 'Getting this out there, getting a refund and getting an apology is all I want right now'.

"It's 2018 in New York City and this isn't the way we live any more".

"My girlfriend started laughing", she said.

El Boutari told the New York Daily News that the women played loud music on their phones and one put her feet on the seat. "We were just so overcome with emotions".

The driver's taxi license, required to drive for Uber in New York City, has been suspended as the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission investigates what happened.

In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto. You aren't allowed to do this".

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Iovine filmed driver Ahmed Elbotari telling them, "It's illegal", "It's disrespectful", and "You're not allowed to do this", with Iovine and Pichl arguing with him to understand what they did wrong.

El Boutari told the Daily News that the couple had been acting "crudely" in his vehicle even before the kiss.

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

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

"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", Pichl said.

"It's illegal", he is heard saying after being asked why he's kicking them out.

After 4000 fares on Uber, he said he has a stellar rating.

"Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have been in touch with the rider regarding her experience", Hendrick said.

"We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour". "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said on Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation.

New York City suspends Uber driver's license for booting kissing women