Uber has behaviour rules amounting to, basically, no sex in cars.
An Uber driver has had his livery licence suspended after he forced two kissing women to get out of his vehicle. "We leaned in for a peck, and that's what it was, a legit peck".
But both Iovine and Pichl say they kissed once, and were not touching inappropriately.
The advertising technology consultant released a one minute video of the driver kicking the couple out.
The driver says: "Yeah, it is illegal".
Iovine said she has yet to receive a response from Uber, adding: 'Getting this out there, getting a refund and getting an apology is all I want right now'. One of the women pulled out her phone and started recording.
During the ride, the driver pulled his vehicle over on Canal Street and ordered the women out of his auto. Alex Iovine says their driver reacted irrationally to their backseat display of affection, telling NBC NY, "We peck kissed, like I reached across and pecked kissed her". Normally private, they say they now plan to attend the city's June 24 Pride parade, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. And by tidying up after yourself - whether it's taking your trash home or cleaning up a spilled drink - you'll keep the vehicle in good condition and ensure the next person has a pleasant ride, too. "You are not allowed to do this", he can be heard saying.
A lesbian couple was allegedly thrown out of an Uber for kissing. "It's disrespectful", El Boutari says.
When they press him on the issue, he tells them that "it's disrespectful" before seeming to attempt to take the phone they're using to record the argument.
In the footage, Mr El Boutari says that kissing in an Uber is illegal - adding: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my auto".
Mr El Boutari told the New York Daily News that the women played loud music on their phones and one put her feet on the seat, something Ms Iovine denied.
An Uber spokesperson said, "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience".
The 26-year-old also filed a complaint with the city's Human Right's Commission.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating. We live in this bubble and think this can't happen here in New York City.
The women and the driver did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Tuesday.
"It was a really bad experience", she said, "and ironically occurred on a bright sunny day during pride month in NYC".