Kristin Michele and her girlfriend Jenn Mangan claim they were kicked out of an Uber car by a driver named Cynthia because the couple shared a kiss on the cheek while being driven to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden, New Jersey on Friday (September 6).
In a public Facebook post, Michele wrote, “This woman picked me up as my Uber driver. We took off. I gave my girlfriend a kiss on the cheek and she pulled the car over and said, ‘You need to get out of my car.’ I asked why. She said, ‘I won’t have that in my car.’ ”
She continued: “I asked what she was referring to. She said, ‘You need to get out of my car because you are gay.’”
“Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” Michele can be heard asking the driver in a video taken during the altercation.
The driver responds, “Yes, I am.”
When Michele points out that “this is an Uber ride and I paid you for a service,” the driver replies: “This is my personal car… I can reject any ride I want to. I’m calling the police.”
The driver repeatedly tells her to “get out” and tries to push her out of the car while swatting at Michele’s phone.
“I can reject any ride I want to,” the driver says. “I’m calling the police.”
In a follow-up post, Michele confirmed that she had reported the incident to Uber, and apologized for using swear words during the exchange.
She said: “Thank you all so very much for ensuring that there are amazing and supportive people in the world. I apologize for the language in the video. While most people have understood my words it doesn’t make them right. Thank you for the love and support.”
Michele told NJ.com that before she began recording the incident, the driver had told her she was a Christian and “didn’t believe in that.”
She said: “[It’s] quite ridiculous that people are still like that… I was infuriated that someone could be so mean and put that reasoning on their religious beliefs. I believe God loves everyone no matter who they are or who they love. If you truly have faith than you know that love is love.”
Uber has issued the following statement in response to the incident: “Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider. We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”