Lyft Driver Tells Homosexuals to Get Out of His Car With That Kissing Abomination

The Lyft driver picked up Ben Martella and Alec Jansen at Indianapolis’ Butler University and didn’t say anything during what was supposed to be a rideto Broad Ripple, Indiana.

That is, until they kissed.

At a stoplight around 5 p.m. on May 5, the driver ordered the gay college couple out of his car.

“We basically pecked, nothing out of the ordinary,” said Martella, who’s going into his sophomore year at Butler. “He looked in his rear view mirror. He was yelling. We were stunned. We didn’t know the reason for it. He said, ‘I’m going to end your ride. I can’t have that in my car. I don’t have that here.’ … I was really upset. It was a big reaction for such a small display of affection between two guys.”

Said Jansen, who’s going into his junior year at Purdue, “We gave each other a short kiss on the lips. … I was just surprised the whole thing happened. It just didn’t seem like it was real.”

Martella notified Lyft, which refunded their money and said by email that it took “the appropriate and necessary actions.” The email was signed only with a first name, George, identified as a “Trust & Safety Specialist.”

That wasn’t good enough for Martella, who provided the emails to IndyStar. Martella wanted the driver, an independent contractor, removed from Lyft. The company and its rival Uber both have sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies for drivers and passengers.

Another email from “George” said he was “unable to share specific actions taken” because of “our safety and privacy policies.” The identity of the driver is uncertain.

Martella described his communication with the company as “very impersonal. It’s all been half-way responses to the answer I was looking for.”

After being contacted by IndyStar, a Lyft spokesperson issued a three-sentence statement saying the company has a “strict anti-discrimination policy” and that the driver was “deactivated.” That means he is prevented from using the service, the spokesperson said.

“My parents were really upset,” Martella said. “They both work for the federal government. My mom wanted to take further action. I’m kind of contemplating that. I talked to my mom about going to Indiana’s ACLU. I don’t know if that’s the right path to take. There’s really nothing I need out of the situation. It’s my fear for others.”

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Source: USA Today