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Are Taxi drivers becoming homophobic?

Are Taxi drivers becoming homophobic?

Too often are we hearing news of homophobic taxi drivers, taking it upon themselves to pass comment on the sexual preferences of their paying customers. From the infamous Uber case earlier on in the year to the latest scandal in New York, it feels that travellers are constantly being hit with discriminating attitudes. Fines for the prejudice A taxi driver who told a lesbian couple to stop kissing in the back of his cab has been ordered to pay them £7,000 this week, illustrating how seriously the police are taking these types of instances. Mohammed Dahbi was accused of discriminating against amorous couple Christy Spitzer and Kassie Thornton, reportedly telling them to: "Keep that [behaviour] for the bedroom or get out of the cab." When the ladies asked him to pull over and exited his taxi, he apparently called a string of offensive names. Uber and the Gay community  Uber have also faced criticism for employing drivers that also harbour this opinion, with a recent scandal giving Uber a very dirty name. After an American couple visited the UK they were sickened by the attitude of the cabbie that picked them up, being asked to stop showing affection to each other. The driver allegedly told the couple: "I take gays, but they don’t normally do this." Sloat, from Toronto, Canada, told ITV: "I've never had any homophobic stuff happen to me so I was caught off guard. "You don't expect it to happen in one of the world's biggest cities. "I wanted to understand what he was thinking so I asked the driver: 'Would you do the same thing if it was a guy or a girl?'" An Uber spokesman told ITV News: "Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination either by our partner drivers or towards our partner drivers. "We opened an investigation from the moment we learned of this unacceptable incident and have been in contact with the rider to extended our sincere apologies and get further information. "The driver concerned has been suspended from the Uber platform." Uber were also criticised for giving a woman twenty pounds credit after she claimed to be sexually assaulted by a driver. Let us know what you think. In this day and age should we have to train our drivers to not be homophobic or sexist? Leave your comments below.

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