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Uber Driver Fired After Tossing Lesbians Out of Car

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Sep 11, 2019
JKristin Gauthier and her partner Jen Mangan
JKristin Gauthier and her partner Jen Mangan  (Source:Kristin Gauthier via Facebook)

The New Jersey Uber driver who tossed a lesbian couple out her car because one of them kissed the other on the cheek is no longer working with the ride share, the company has announced.

As previously reported at EDGE, video posted to Facebook by a woman named Kristin Gauthier - whose Facebook page is under the name Kristen Michele - shows an Uber driver repeatedly shouting, "Get out!" as the person taking the video - presumably Gauthier - unbelievingly protests, "You're kicking me out because I'm gay?"

At one point the Uber driver admits, "Yes, I am. Yes. Get out."

Now, reports NJ.com, that driver is no longer on the Uber app.

The fracas unfolded after the driver took exception to Gauthier giving her girlfriend
"a kiss on the cheek," as NBC News reports.

Gauthier related to NBC News that the two were on their way to a concert in Camden, NJ. During the Uber ride, Guthier recalled, she said to her partner, Jennifer Mangan, "Let's have a great night." She sealed those words with a kiss to Mangan's cheek.

That brief moment of affection "set the driver off," according to Gauthier, who said that the driver - identified in the NBC News article by the name of Cynthia - ordered the couple out of her car. After a back and forth, which Gauthier recorded using her phone (and video of which she posted at Facebook, where the footage went viral), the couple walked home and then took a train into Camden.

The driver accused Gauthier of seeking notoriety, Gauthier told the media, saying to her, "You just want to get on TV."

Said Gauthier: "We just wanted to get to the concert."

Uber lost little time in responding to Gauthier's report, reported NJ.com. Said company spokesperson Grant Klinzman:

"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."

Gauthier returned to Facebook to post the news about the ride share company' responsiveness and ask that people not hold Uber responsible for the driver's actions.

"Uber has been outstanding in dealing with this matter so quickly," Gauthier posted on Sept. 9. "They reached out immediately following my complaint. Please do not blame Uber for this woman's behavior."

"Thank you so much for the outstanding support from so many people!" the post added. "We know there are far more good people in this world than not. Keep spreading the love."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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