Gay couple claim Uber driver kicked them out after one kissed the other's forehead in the backseat
Reports state that as the two were sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, Brown rested his head on his friend's shoulder, while Ottey responded with a kiss on his forehead
Two gay men from Sydney, Australia, have claimed that they were thrown out of an Uber cab mid-fare after the driver found out they were homosexual, according to reports. The men, Aaron Brown and Ryan Ottey, said that they were told to get out of the vehicle halfway into their trip to Sydney, just a day after the city's Mardi Gras celebrations on Saturday.
Reports state that as the two were sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, Brown rested his head on his friend's shoulder, while Ottey responded with kissing him on the forehead. At that point, the driver suddenly told the men to get out of the ride-sharing car, saying: "Not in my car."
A footage of the incident was shared by Ottey on his social media page, where he can be heard repeatedly asking the Uber driver why he would not take them any further considering their trip was not completed, according to Daily Mail.
The driver then responded by saying: "I don't want to take you, you can book another car." To which Ottey responded with "well f**k you then" and exits the vehicle.
Ottey said that before he began filming the incident on his phone, the driver told them: "Not in my car. I can't take you. Get out. Get out!"
According to the outlet, Ottey immediately reported the driver through the Uber application, however, he was unhappy with the overall response, saying it felt "generic".
Reports state that a member of the ride-sharing service's Community Operations team said that the men "shouldn't have to put up" with the behavior of the driver.
The reply from Uber said: "This isn't the regular Uber experience, and you shouldn't have to put up with this kind of inappropriate behavior. I will be looking into this trip and taking the appropriate steps to ensure this experience doesn't continue."
Ottey reportedly said that he at least expected to receive a call from Uber to check whether he and his friends were okay. Reports state that two of them were left stranded on the side of Sydney's Eastern Distributor toll road.
He also added that the timing of the incident – a day after Mardi Gras — was particularly scarring for them because they felt "humiliated, degraded and disrespected." Mardi Gras is the annual celebration of the LGBT community in the country.
"Despite it being the weekend of celebrating all things LGBT, some are not so accepting and open," Ottey said.
Shortly after the incident, an Uber spokesperson released a statement, saying that they would not tolerate any form of discrimination and that they had launched a probe into the incident.