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Man says his Lyft driver said he would 'burn in hell' because he was gay

The driver has now been suspended from the car hiring company

2019-03-13

A man claims his Lyft driver told him he would ‘burn in hell’ because of his sexuality.

Greg Alexander was attending a private dinner opening of an exhibition celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall riots in Washington DC over the weekend when he ordered a Lyft driver to pick him up.

When the driver asked him what he had seen, Alexander informed the driver about the exhibition and how the riots had ‘help launch the gays rights movement’, the Washington Blade reported.

The driver, only known as Jeremy, then allegedly responded: “Gay rights? What is that? Is this a new movement? There is no need for gay rights.”

As they approached their destination, the driver then said to him: “Greg, can I ask you something? Has anyone ever told you that God loves you?”

Jeremy then started chanting biblical verses asking for ‘salvation’ and claimed he needs to accept Jesus Christ.

Alexander then, allegedly, was locked inside the car with the driver demanding that they prayed together.

But when he was finally let out after refusing, he asked the driver what would happen to him as a gay man.

The driver then replied: “You will burn in hell. God loves everyone but he hates your sin.”

Now, the driver has been fired from the company who said in a statement: “The behaviour described is absolutely unacceptable.

“Safety is our top priority and there is no place in our community for harassment or discrimination of any kind.

“We have permanently banned the driver from the Lyft platform and reached out to the passenger to offer our support.”