Uber Driver Kicks Out Gay Couple For Kissing On The First Day Of 2015

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 02: In this photo illustration, a woman uses the Uber app on an Samsung smartphone on September 2, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Uber, an app that allows passenger to buy rides from drivers who do not have taxi permits, has had its UberPop freelance driver service banned in Germany after a complaint by Taxi Deutschland, a trade association of taxi drivers in the country. The company, which operates in 42 countries over 200 cities worldwide, plans to both appeal the decision made by a court in Frankfurt as well as, at the risk of heavy fines, continue its services in Germany until a final decision has been made on the matter. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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Alright, before you read this, pinch yourself. It is 2015. You may have to repeat that a few times while reading this, because what I'm about to tell you might make you believe that you're in the Stone Age. Except that it happens in a car, but whatever. In London, on the first day of our brand new year — a clean slate! — an Uber driver threw a gay couple out of his car for kissing

Yes, for kissing. Which no one has ever done in a cab. On New Year's Day. Ever. 

Around 8 p.m. on New Year's Day, Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan were asked to exit their Uber driver's vehicle after the couple was kissing and cuddling. According to Watts, they had only been in the car a few minutes before being asked to leave. When they asked the driver why they were being ejected, he had this horribad explanation.

I take gays but they don’t normally do this.

So what is "this," exactly? Displaying affection? Existing as humans? And also, discriminating against some "gays" and defending yourself by saying that you normally "take" them isn't exactly helping your case, sir. 

Watts tweeted about the incident, rightfully infuriating the Internet.

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But apparently Watts has received some blowback from the darker corners of Twitter over the last few days. He has, unfortunately, had to defend and clarify the situation to detractors.

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Watts is completely right. There would have been absolutely no blowback if a male and female shared a kiss in an Uber. None at all.

The ride sharing company has since apologized for the incident.

Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination either by our partner drivers or towards our partner drivers. We opened an investigation from the moment we learned of this unacceptable incident and have been in contact with the rider to extended our sincere apologies and get further information. The driver concerned has been suspended from the Uber platform.

England, by the way, legalized same-sex marriages this spring.

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