Uber has fired a driver who kicked out two New Jersey women from her vehicle after they exchanged a peck on the cheek.
Stories of homophobic rideshare experience are unfortunately a dime a dozen, but rarely is one preserved in such uncomfortable focus on video.
One of the women, Kristin Michele, captured part of the exchange on her phone and posted it to her Facebook page, where it quickly went viral. She claimed the driver told the couple to exit the car because their sexual orientation violated the driver’s religious beliefs.
The couple says the driver told them she’s a Christian and “doesn’t believe in that.” That’s when Michele started recording.
In the video, one of the women directly asks if the driver is kicking them out because they’re gay. “Yes, I am. Yes. Get out,” the driver responds.
See how it played out below:
On Sunday, Uber confirmed that it has cut ties with the unidentified driver.
“Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider,” spokesman Grant Klinzman said. “We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”
Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan say they ordered the Uber to attend a Zac Brown Band show in Camden. During the ride, Michele gave Mangan a peck on the cheek. Then the driver pulled over and said they had to exit the car, the couple claims.
Michele later expressed gratitude for how quickly Uber responded to her complaint.
“I think everyone is free to their own personal opinions, however, if you are working for a company you must abide by their terms and policy. She should not be doing a job if she cannot abide by the policies.”
“We just wanted to get to the concert,” she added.
The couple said they had to walk a half-mile home and ended up taking a train to the show.