Monday, April 13, 2015

NYC Cab Driver Objects to Two Women Making Out in His Cab, Ordered to Pay $15,000

In a story picked up by Huffington Post, New York Daily News and others:
CHELSEA — A taxi driver must pay a lesbian couple $10,000 for telling them to either stop smooching in the backseat of his cab or kiss their ride goodbye, a city administrative judge ruled last month. 
Kassie Thornton and Christy Spitzer
Yellow cab hack Mohammed Dahbi was accused of discriminating against the couple over their sexual orientation by ordering them to "keep that [behavior] for the bedroom or get out of the cab."   Dahbi also gave the passengers, Christy Spitzer and Kassie Thornton, some lip, calling them "b-----s," "c---s" and "whores" when they got out of the cab without paying, according to Judge John Spooner's decision.
Spooner, who oversaw Dahbi's trial at the city's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, also ordered him to attend anti-discrimination training and to pay a $5,000 civil penalty to the city. The city's Commission on Human Rights, which brought the complaint against Dahbi on behalf of Spitzer and Thornton, still must approve Spooner's decision.
Dahbi claimed during the hearing that he couldn't keep his eyes on the road because Spitzer and Thornton were kissing "heavily" and "touching all over each other." Dahbi told the judge that he found their behavior "distracting" and feared it would make him have an accident.   
Spitzer and Thornton both testified at the trial that they had just kissed each other with a "peck on the lips." 
Thornton told the judge that after that comment she didn't feel comfortable, so she got out of the cab, grabbed her luggage and left. Spitzer followed shortly after with her dog, according to the decision.
When the women refused to pay him the fare to that point, he hurled expletives at them and sped away.     
Dahbi's lawyer, Ali Najmi, told DNAinfo New York his client never once said anything about Spitzer and Thornton's sexuality.
"Mr. Dahbi has a standard of decency that he asks all riders in his cab to follow," Najmi said. "He has asked straight couples to stop engaging in similar behavior. It can be very distracting for a driver if people are getting hot and heavy in the taxi." 
However, the judge disagreed.
"The more likely reason for [Dahbi] stopping the taxicab and directing Ms. Spitzer and Ms. Thornton to stop kissing was, not that he objected to all kissing, but that he was uncomfortable with two women sharing a romantic kiss," Spooner said his decision.
Najmi, Dhabi's lawyer, said they plan to appeal the decision.
"My client never once mentioned anything about their sexuality and never threw them out of the taxi," he said. "In fact, the complaint doesn't even allege that he used any derogatory language about their sexuality and the two women testified that they are the ones who decided to exit the taxi. He wanted to take them to their final destination." 
Assuming the story is accurate, and this is by far the most detailed account I could find, the judge simply assumed, without any evidence, that the cabbie had made his demand that they cut out the PDA because the couple are lesbians.   So we're simply assuming discriminatory motives now?


Anonymous said...

I've been out for years but I am not happy nor "proud" of the left of center liberal Democrat religion-like cult groupthink that infects so many LGBT persons. It is not "hip" or "SNL-cool" to be a Conservative (I said "Conservative" I didn't say "Republican").

I can tell you from personal experience that these LGBT far left of center liberal Democrats will continue to intentionally push the envelope to have the law force (yes, force) churches, businesses, entrepreneurs, or ANYONE who will not bow to their agenda. These left liberal Democrat hacks remind me of the Schutzstaffel where intolerance and bigotry reign supreme in he name of "loyalty" to a cause. It sure seems to me that these same-sex wedding cake stories and the similar disgusting displays of too-intimate behavior as in the lesbian couple in the blog are created with the intention to grab headlines and agitate controversy and advance an agenda.

Anonymous said...

In Chicago, they generally draw the line at body fluids

Anonymous said...

This gay rights b.s. is all about forcing people to forget normalcy and to accept the deviant misfits as normal.

They want sexual preference to be seen as something you decide on, not something fixed by nature, and they want to present the question in schools to adolescents.

At some point, perhaps around the 6th Grade, they want to have classes to teach the maturing children the advantages of gay and straight and tell the kids it's equally fine to choose either side.

These weirdos are working overtime to destroy standards, normalcy and the nuclear family.

dawnc said...

Not well versed in legal "niceties" but thought that from anyone else, the opinion that it is "more likely than not" is speculation ... maybe judges are allowed the latitude. Who can say? Peons are not allowed legal information as providing that has somehow been deemed as legal "advice" and God forbid anyone know and understand the laws we are to follow. Personally, I think there'd be far fewer problems if people kept their sexuality to themselves and their make out sessions confined to a PRIVATE place. Also want to say I appreciate #1's comments.