We have yet another instance of a ride-share driver attacking a gay rider. This time, a gay couple from New York.
According to NBC News, Taray Carey and husband Alex Majkowski were in the middle of an Uber ride this Wednesday around 2.am. The gay couple, who married less than a month ago, were in the car with a mutual friend, and headed to a bar near their East Village home.
The situation turned ugly, however, when their driver violently reacted to seeing Carey put his arm around his husband. The driver, who Carey recalls was from Russia, allegedly asked, “Are you f**s?”
After that, the driver’s speech only became more hostile as he expressed a desire to harm the riders.
“He’s telling us in his country we would be beheaded and left for dead,” Carey told NBC News.
Once they reached the next red light in the East Village, the friend jumped out of the car. Unfortunately, Carey wasn’t so lucky, as his seat belt got caught mid-exit. The driver then took off and dragged the couple, with Carey half-way out the car, for about a “quarter of a block.”
Casey later posted the below pictures on Facebook depicting the cuts he received on his hands, left knee, and right side from the incident.
“I said, ‘Let me out, let me out, let me out!’ just over and over until he stopped,” Majowski told NBC New York.
The couple and friend then reached out to police, but they say they received no support from the authorities.
“We were very emotional and very upset, but the cop was barely listening. He wasn’t taking notes,” Carey explained. “We wanted him to put out an alert to search for this guy’s plates, and he told us not to tell him how to do his job.”
Meanwhile, Uber states that it is currently investigating the situation and has revoked the driver’s access to their app.
This is just the latest installment in a year of several horror stories involving gay rideshare customers and their drivers.
In May, an Indiana Lyft driver kicked out his passengers after seeing them share a chaste kiss. In July, an Uber driver called the police on his D.C. rider because the rider sounded gay. Then earlier this month, a Lyft diver pulled out a gun and threatened to kill his gay passengers.
And these are just a few of the stories Instinct has reported on in the past year.
We’ll keep you updated on Uber’s, and the NY police’s, investigation into the case with Carey and Majowski.
h/t: NBC News, NBC New York