Alex Iovine, 26, and Emma Pichl, 24, live together in Manhattan and have been dating for almost two years.
Iovine said she and Pichl ordered an Uber to take them from a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn to another party in East Village at around 5pm. She thought he was joking, ' Iovine, an advertising technology consultant, said. "That's genuinely all it was".
"You don't do that here in the vehicle".
After the video ended, Ms Pichl said the driver "just got back in his auto and sped off". "This doesn't feel right", Iovine said.
But then the driver pulled over and told them to "get out", according to Iovine.
One of the women said, "What are you fucking talking about?"
The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones. "You don't do that".
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Video footage shows the moment the man informs the pair that kissing in the back of the auto is illegal. "That's how fast it was that's why I say 'pecked'". "You don't do that here in the auto".
The driver can be seen in the video telling the couple that what they did was illegal and disrespectful. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Pichl said.
We were sitting on opposite sides of the backseat. He said they played loud videos on their phones and that one of the women put her feet up on the seats.
"It's my own vehicle".
They press him on the issue, but he tells them that "it's disrespectful" before seeming to attempt to take the phone they're using to record the argument.
Iovine told the Daily News they didn't behave inappropriately. "He started aggressively coming at us". Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple.
Both Iovine and the driver submitted complaints about the incident to Uber. "They reportedly have been refunded the cost of the $22 ride". "We are investigating and will take appropriate action".
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"The blatantly discriminatory behavior described by the complainant is repugnant", said the spokesman.
The women then told the driver they were filming him and asked why they were "not allowed to kiss in an Uber".
An Uber statement reads: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".
"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", he continued. "It's an unfortunate circumstance and we will do everything we can for that not to repeat".
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.
"We kind of keep to ourselves".
"We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city". "That's when we started going back and forth just being like, 'What?"
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