Uber Fires Driver Who Refused To Pick Up Gays
A Parisian driver for the internationally ubiquitous ride-sharing service Uber was pink-slipped over the weekend for refusing to allow gay customers to enter his car.
The Local has more:
The incident happened in the centre of Paris overnight on Saturday when two men ordered a car from ride-sharing service Uber.
When the driver showed up, he asked the men a few questions, and after determining they had come from a gay club he refused to give them a ride. The driver allegedly said ‘I don’t take gays’ and drove off, French daily Le Parisien reported.
Still needing to get home, the young men again requested a car from Uber. Incredibly, the same driver turned up again, prompting them to snap a picture of his license plate.
The driver didn’t like being photographed one bit and allegedly shouted at one of the men, “Come here, I’m going to break your phone." Fearing for their safety, the two men headed back toward the club.
Their move prompted the driver to shout: “Come on, get in gays, I’ll take you home” before he drove off. At that point the men took to Twitter to denounce the incident and inform Uber of what had happened.
Julien Leo Pasktier (pictured above) brought word of the discriminatory incident to Uber's attention on Twitter:
("'No, I don't take gays.' @Uber_Paris thank you to your driver plate number CSM759DM3 5:57am who refused our trip because it wasn't up to his taste")
Uber's Paris office quickly took action, first suspending the driver in question (@Lucas_Hrrschr Hello Luca, this unacceptable behavior is absolutely not representative of the spirit of Uber. The driver has been suspended.) before firing him an hour later ((@MaXawauf @Lucas_Hrrschr I can confirm the driver will fired. We don't joke around with this.)
What do you think of Uber's handling of the situation, Instincters?