A gay Houston couple on Sunday reported that they were kicked out of an Uber for what they described as an innocent peck on the lips.
According to KPRC-TV, the couple — Randall Magill, 28, and his fiancé Jose Chavez, 26 — believes the Uber driver targeted them because of their sexual orientation.
What’s the story?
Magill and Chavez told KPRC that they had been drinking at a holiday party and opted to call Uber for a ride home instead of driving.
The couple reported that they were picked up by a minivan, and that things went awry when they leaned in toward each other for an affectionate kiss.
“I wasn’t doing anything that I wouldn’t have done in public,” Magill told KPRC. “I’m not going to embarrass myself or my fiancé by any means.”
Magill said that the minivan’s seats were divided by an aisle.
After the public display of affection, the unidentified Uber driver reportedly told the two to stop kissing, and advised them that he’d asked a straight couple to stop kissing earlier in the evening.
“I’ve never heard of anyone being asked to stop kissing anywhere, especially when you’re just peck on the lips,” Magill told KPRC.
“He said, ‘I can’t take you no more.’ He was like, ‘I’m going to have to drop you guys off,’ and we said, ‘That’s fine,'” Chavez, who said he was upset, added. “I’ve never been told not to kiss or anything.”
Magill said that the Uber driver pulled off the freeway next to a sound barrier and told them to exit the vehicle.
The couple eventually called another Uber driver to finish the trip home.
“I’ll never use them again,” Magill said of Uber. “I was super disappointed. Everyone I have ever ridden with has been very nice, very respectful. Even the ones I could tell were not so comfortable with carrying us, they were very respectful.”
What does Uber have to say about this?
A rep for the company admitted that they had received an incident report from both the couple and the driver regarding the drop-off, and noted that they are investigating the incident.
According to Uber’s Community Guidelines, passengers are requested to avoid touching or flirting “with other people in the car.”
The guidelines also note that touching others in the car can lead to passengers losing access to Uber.
Additionally, Uber has in place a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination for both drivers and passengers.