Taxi Driver Who Told A Lesbian Couple To Quit With The Smooching Ordered To Pay £7,000
A New York taxi driver has been ordered to pay a lesbian couple $10,000 (£7,000) for instructing them to either stop kissing in the back of his cab or wave goodbye to their ride.
Mohammed Dahbi was accused of discriminating against Christy Spitzer and Kassie Thornton over their sexual orientation.
He allegedly said to them “Keep that [behaviour] for the bedroom or get out of the cab.”
The couple got out of the cab and refused to pay their fair, at which point Dahbi apparently called them ‘b*****’, ‘c****’ and ‘whores.’
Judge John Spooner also ordered him to attend some anti discrimination training. The decision still needs to be approved by the city’s Commission on Human Rights. But seeing as it was them who brought the complaint against Dahbi on behalf of Spitzer and Thornton, we’d imagine it has their approval.
Spitzer told DNAInfo “We felt that what happened to us was wrong and he needed to take responsibility for his actions.”
The incident happened in September 2011. In his defence, Dahbi said he couldn’t keep his eyes on the road because the pair were “heavily” kissing and “touching all over each other.”
Spitzer denied his claims, stating that it was only a light smooch. She cited her recent dental work as her reason for being so sure on what happened.
Dahbi’s lawyer, Ali Najmi, said: “He has asked straight couples to stop engaging in similar behaviour. It can be very distracting for a driver if people are getting hot and heavy in the taxi.”
The judge disagreed and now Dhabi plans to appeal against the decision.