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Couple harassed and spat on by Uber driver during Pride Amsterdam

The couple claim the driver lashed out at them when he saw them holding hands

2019-08-06

Words: Steve Brown

A couple were allegedly harassed by an Uber driver during Pride Amsterdam.

The couple claim they were holding hands in the Uber after celebrating Pride Amsterdam when the driver turned around and insulted them before spitting on them, according to NOS.

One of the men told the broadcaster: “This is Amsterdam, that is not a problem, we thought. He suddenly became very aggressive and intimated us.”

When they asked the driver to stop, he turned and spat into one of their faces.

“The driver bent over the seats and tried to lash out at us. It looked like he wanted to hit us,” they continued.

The couple reported the incident straight away to the police as well as Uber through the apps discrimination button – which was recently launched – but have yet to receive a response.

“We contacted Uber directly, because we were worried about others during the Pride weekend,” the couple said.

“This driver is driving around the city during this celebration.”

Uber told AT5: “Discrimination is unacceptable and goes against our policy.

“Everyone deserves a safe experience with Uber and that is why we sent extra information to drivers last week to stimulate awareness and good behaviour.

“We take this complaint very seriously and are investigating this incident, so that we can take appropriate measures.”