Nov 4 2009
An overzealous (Don’t call him overzealous, call him what he is – MUSLIM) cab driver, Medhat Mohamed, allegedly booted a gay couple when he spotted the duo sharing a warm embrace in the back of his cold cab.
Paul Bruno and his partner hailed the yellow cab Monday night at 13th Street and First Avenue and sat close, Bruno told The Post. But the driver, identified by Bruno and city records as Medhat Mohamed, was apparently appalled by their shows of affection — and pulled the cab over two blocks into the trip.
“You guys have to get out of the taxi! Hugging is not allowed in here!” the driver said, according to Bruno. Stunned, the lovebirds exited and watched the taxi peel away.
“I was shocked,” said Bruno, 27, who called the act “discrimination against homosexuals.” (Liberals never talk about that) The encounter took place at 10:20 p.m. after the couple attended a birthday dinner and hailed a ride to East Harlem.
“To pull over after two blocks and be so blatantly intolerant is outrageous,” Bruno said. Both men said they hoped other cabbies didn’t share the same views on an innocent act. (Better not get in a Muslim cab)
“I don’t know if it was a personal or religious thing. (IT’S A MUSLIM thing, fool) But it’s never OK to deny anyone a ride, especially when it’s such blatant and direct discrimination,” added Bruno, a lifelong city resident.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission “would take such an allegation very seriously and fully investigate,” said spokesman Allan Fromberg. Such a violation carries serious consequences for a cabby, sources added.It would be considered a “service refusal.” The first offense is a $200 to $350 fine, the second a $350 to $500 fine and a 30-day suspension, and the third strike is license revocation. (And after that, you will be beheaded)
The TLC often conducts undercover stings looking for cabbies who reject customers for no legitimate reason. Bruno said he and his partner immediately filed an official complaint against the driver via 311.
Both men want a formal apology from the driver, and say they believe hacks should be put though more rigorous sensitivity training.(HA HA HA) “He’s in the wrong place and in the wrong line of work if he doesn’t have an open and tolerant attitude,” said Bruno, adding, “I’ve seen a lot more go on in taxis than hugging.“ NY POST