An Australian Uber driver has been fired after harassing two lesbian passengers in his car.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Lucy Thomas and her girlfriend had got into an Uber over the weekend, and the late night ride quickly turned into a nasty experience when their driver went on a homophobic rant.
Using offensive language to describe football players (according to Thomas, the driver had said they were a "a bunch of faggots touching each other"), things took a turn for the worse when their driver "John" asked them if they were gay.
In an audio recording of the conversation, which was later uploaded on Twitter by Thomas, you can hear one of the women talking to their driver and asking him about his use of language.
"I can do anything I want, if I am prepared to suffer the consequences," he says in the audio below. "What, are you going to give me a one [star] rating and make a complaint? And when I write my report about two faggots who don't like being called faggots, then what are they going to say?"
— Lucy Thomas (@lucylockit_) June 5, 2016
The driver continued to urge the two women to get out of his car, or he would have "dragged them out."
Speaking to the Star Observer, Thomas said the driver didn't see the women as a threat until he had realized they were lesbians.
Thomas, CEO of Project ROCKIT, a youth-driven anti-bullying and anti-hate organization, also got support from another Uber driver.
Kind words from an über driver 💕 pic.twitter.com/oRawlFhDCv
— Lucy Thomas (@lucylockit_) June 6, 2016
"The only reason we decided to share this is because we want the community to know these issues are still a problem," she told the Star Observer. "Given the current climate in Australia, it’s now more important than ever that LGBTI people are visible along with the discrimination they face."