May I introduce Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl?
And this is Ahmad el Boutari.
(still of Ahmad el Boutari from Ms Iovine's video)
Mr Boutari apparently disapproves of young women who go out on the town together.
At 5 PM Saturday the young women hailed a Uber - that's when they met Ahmad the moraliser.
Ms Pichl told the NY Post, “We got over the Manhattan Bridge into the city. We were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat. At one point we leaned over and pecked kiss, very fast."
You may wish to learn more from Alex Iovine's Facebook page.....
Yesterday Ms Iovine (pronounced eye-o-veen) posted a video.
From the New York Post:
I said…don’t do it,” the driver, identified by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission as Ahmad El Boutari, tells the women who then ask the motorist if kissing is “illegal” in an Uber.
“Yeah it is illegal,” the driver says. “You don’t do that here in the car … you are not allowed to do this.”
One of the outraged women then questions the driver, saying, “What are you f—king talking about? Are you sick in the head?”
Iovine, who filmed as the encounter played out, then asks the sunglasses-wearing driver: “Why are we not allowed to kiss in an Uber?”
“You are not allowed … it’s disrespectful … it’s disrespectful. I don’t want to argue with you. Just get off my car,” the driver says.
Iovine fires back: “I want to understand — what did we do wrong? Nothing is illegal. It is not illegal to kiss in New York.”
Pichl told The Post that a moment later, El Boutari “grabbed” her arm to get her phone out of her hand.
“Get off of her phone. Don’t f—king touch her,” Iovine is heard saying in the clip. “I’m reporting you. I’m gonna get you fired.”
El Boutari then says, “I don’t care.”
After the video ended, Pichl said the driver “just got back in his car and sped off. We paid for a full Uber ride. It was 22 bucks.”
Pichl, a senior recruiter for a recruiting company, said she and Iovine, a consultant for a technology company, were left stunned by the discriminatory incident.
“We were in shock. Definitely very shaken and upset. We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted,” Pichl said. “We never thought something like this would happen to us. It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere.”
She continued: “It didn’t feel real.”
On Saturday, the Manhattan couple filed a complaint with Uber, which contacted the pair Monday, apologized and said the company will fully refund their ride, Pichl said.
“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,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement Monday.
According to Uber, which has a non-discrimination policy, the incident was also reported to the company by the driver.
The city’s TLC said Monday that no complaint with the agency had been filed in connection to the incident, but that it has launched an investigation.
“[A] driver is most definitely not allowed to do such a thing. There is a list of circumstances that are grounds for refusing service to a passenger, and what happened is most definitely not among them,” TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said.
According to Pichl, Iovine also filed a complaint with the city’s Human Rights Commission in connection to the incident, which took place during Pride Month.
New York isn't part of the Caliphate - yet.
Let's hope it never is.