What started as a typical ride from point A to point B ended in an unforgettable act of discrimination for Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan recently in London.
They were traveling from Covent Garden at around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day when the driver pulled over and told them to get out of the car.
“We were kissing and cuddled next to each other when a minute or two after picking us up he pulled over and told us to get out,” Sloan told ITV News.
They asked him why they were getting the boot, and the driver allegedly told them, “I take gays but they don’t normally do this,” essentially the I’m OK with gay people as long as they don’t flaunt their lifestyle in my face equivalent of cab driving.
The two, both in their early 20s, were understandably shaken.
Sloan, from Toronto, Canada, said, “I’ve never had any homophobic stuff happen to me so I was caught off guard. You don’t expect it to happen in one of the world’s biggest cities.
“I wanted to understand what he was thinking so I asked the driver: ‘Would you do the same thing if it was a guy and a girl?’”
That’s when the driver drove off.
Shortly afterwards, they got an email receipt for the ride they’d been charged for.
Uber refunded their money, and has suspended the driver pending an investigation into the incident.
A spokesperson for the ride-sharing service said: “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.”