BAD DRIVER

Iraq War Vet Claims He Was Kicked Out Of A Cab For Smooching His Boyfriend

Screen shot 2014-07-10 at 12.26.28 PM“He said, ‘You’re two men, why are you kissing?’ We said, ‘That’s my boyfriend, I’m gay,'” Iraq war veteran Eric Williams tells Q13Fox. “That’s when the cabby started to get really hostile with us. He pulled off the road and told us to get out of the car, he wasn’t going to serve us.”

It was the 4th of July and Williams and his boyfriend, Diego, were on their way home from a gay bar in downtown Tacoma. They called Yellow Cab for a ride home.

Williams says they were in the car for just a few minutes when they gave each other a peck on the lips. But the driver claims it was more than just a kiss, and that he was offended.

“There are two sides to every story,” Yellow Cab spokesman Anthony Nix told Q13Fox. “We want to just make sure both stories meet somewhere in the middle.”

Williams served two tours in Iraq and endured a Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell investigation about his sexuality. He called the experience with Yellow Cab “shocking” and something he never thought this would happen to him on the 4th of July of all days.

“I was just in a state of shock when I got out,” he says.

Yellow Cab maintains that any form of discrimination is against company policy. It plans to investigate the situation by surveying video taken from inside the cab. The company says that if what Williams alleges proves to be true, the driver, who has been on the job for seven years and has no record of previous complaints, will be terminated.

“If he’s done this before or not, it doesn’t really matter,” Williams says. “It happened to the wrong person because I’m not going to stay silent. I’m going to let people know what happened so they know their rights, so they stand up for themselves.”

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7 Comments

  • redcarpet

    I’m not surprised this happened in tacoma. Joint Base Lewis-Mccord is right down the road. It is a really conservative area. I don’t feel comfortable even walking into a coffee shop around Dupont/Lakeview and I don’t present obviously gay, it’s even worse for those that do. They don’t say anything but they look at you like you are an alien.

    Seattle it ain’t.

  • Stache99

    Seems Yellow Cab is handling it the right way anyways.

  • vive

    A very unpleasant experience to be sure, but I find inappropriate the implicit suggestion that this is somehow even worse because he was a vet, as opposed to, say, a barista. I wish we could stop the glorification of everything military, which has become the holiest of holies in American discourse, an attitude that is very unhealthy.

  • JimboinLA

    Most cabbies are Muslim. But it’s islamophobic to say that most muslims are homophobic (and judeophobic).

  • Mezaien

    @Stache99: Everyone telling me there is a different between a Muslim, and a terrorist, but no one tell me what the different is?. Israel, please kill all Muslim, in your country.

  • robirob

    With Uber as some serious competition some cab drivers still think customer satisfaction is not important?

  • gesslar

    @Mezaien: I mean, if we’re going to take that route, then badly acting Christians represent the entire spectrum of faith of Christianity, right?

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