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French Uber Driver Fired For Refusing to Pick Up Gays

A driver for the car hire company Uber was fired in Paris over the weekend after he reportedly told two passengers they were not allowed in his car because they were gay.

The Local reports:

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 9.00.45 AMWhen the driver showed up, he asked the men [one of whom is pictured right] a few questions, and after determining they had come from a gay club he refused to give them a ride. The driver allegedly said ‘I don’t take gays’ and drove off, French daily Le Parisien reported.

Still needing to get home, the young men again requested a car from Uber. Incredibly, the same driver turned up again, prompting them to snap a picture of his license plate.

The driver didn’t like being photographed one bit and allegedly shouted at one of the men, “Come here, I’m going to break your phone." Fearing for their safety, the two men headed back toward the club.

Their move prompted the driver to shout: “Come on, get in gays, I’ll take you home” before he drove off. At that point the men took to Twitter to denounce the incident and inform Uber of what had happened. 

Uber replied Sunday morning by announcing the suspension of the driver, saying "this unacceptable behavior is absolutely not representative of the spirit of Uber." The driver was later fired.

[photo via Twitter]

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  1. "pédales" isn't "gays", it's "faggots".

    Posted by: Jols | Apr 28, 2014 12:59:31 PM

  2. Good for the fast response from Uber. I have a friend who takes Uber practically everywhere--especially if he's going out to dinner and drinking (he's in his late 70's).

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 28, 2014 12:59:41 PM

  3. Jols beat me to it. Pedale = faggot.

    Posted by: DN | Apr 28, 2014 1:01:58 PM

  4. I wish TR would identify who is who in more of the pictures... is that the driver on the right?

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 28, 2014 1:30:04 PM

  5. @JOHNNY. Thank you, I'm confused.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Apr 28, 2014 1:33:48 PM

  6. I'm also confused. Is the photo to the right of the article the UBER driver, or the homosexual who was refused service??

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 28, 2014 1:39:14 PM

  7. I'm also confused. Is the photo to the right of the article the UBER driver, or the homosexual who was refused service??

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 28, 2014 1:39:15 PM

  8. The man pictured is one of the two who was refused service. Sorry for the confusion guys.

    Posted by: Kyler G | Apr 28, 2014 1:47:22 PM

  9. I'll say it.


    Posted by: SPOT | Apr 28, 2014 2:07:06 PM

  10. https://www.facebook.com/leopask?fref=ts

    Must go to france.

    Posted by: SPOT | Apr 28, 2014 2:07:57 PM

  11. You guys couldn't tell that queen with the jug of hair product was the gay man in this story?


    Posted by: crispy | Apr 28, 2014 2:18:18 PM

  12. @Crispy: HaHaHa!!!

    Posted by: Brick | Apr 28, 2014 2:23:38 PM

  13. FWIW pedale comes from pederaste, meaning pedophile.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 28, 2014 2:24:03 PM

  14. That driver was totally not Muslim, y'all!

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 28, 2014 2:27:13 PM

  15. I'm guessing the driver was Muslim. The photo was the passenger, not the driver.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 28, 2014 3:12:50 PM

  16. Gay Mafia strikes again!

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 28, 2014 3:36:59 PM

  17. Probably one of the millions of neanderthals from the middle east or africa that call France home now.

    Posted by: Janit | Apr 28, 2014 4:35:48 PM

  18. "FWIW pedale comes from pederaste, meaning pedophile."

    Pederasty is not the same thing as pedophilia.

    And, yes, the French slurs for gay are all pretty bad.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 28, 2014 6:41:22 PM

  19. @janit please reflect on it a bit more. fighting homophobia with racism is not the best argument if you want to win the culture war. thank you.

    Posted by: xoxo | Apr 28, 2014 6:50:46 PM

  20. CRISPY:
    I wasn't thinking pail, I was thinking 55-gallon drum...

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 28, 2014 7:44:52 PM

  21. Sadly these muslims invaded our Europe and are demanding our laws here change to suit their backward bigotry.

    Posted by: Junior | Apr 28, 2014 8:09:24 PM

  22. Dear XOXO

    Quit tying racism in with religously bigoted assholes. In case you need instructing, Muslims are not a race, but a religion!! I will not hesitate to castigate their primitive culture and barbaric religion. Same goes for Catholics, Mormons and especially Evangelicals when they (religion) are and always have been our worst enemies.

    Posted by: Kent | Apr 29, 2014 1:25:46 AM

  23. How could you not pick up that cute French boy? Come on! I know he was fired but can he be fined for bad taste?!

    Posted by: daws | Apr 29, 2014 9:54:29 PM

  24. Uber sux. It's like hitch hiking and praying to God that you don't get Charlie Manson or Aileen Wournos behind the wheel. With Uber, you cant record a hackney license # (all cabs have to display that) and as questionable as some cabbies may seem they have undergone some background checks as opposed to Uber who will subcontract out your crystal-addict, homicidal 15 year old neighbor who may or may not have a license. Oh, and Uber drivers have no commercial insurance policies.

    Posted by: olich | Jan 7, 2015 10:08:41 PM

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