Portland cab driver who kicked out lesbian couple loses license

Fri. August 23, 2013 11:56 AM by OnTopMag.com

Portland, OR - A Portland, Oregon cab driver who kicked out a lesbian couple and a friend and left them on the side of a busy freeway at midnight has lost his license.

According to KGW, the City of Portland Regulatory Division said Wednesday that it had permanently revoked the license of Ahmed Egal because he had failed to safely get his riders to their destination.

Kate Neal claims that Egal told them "You can't be gay in my cab."

"I was initially shocked," Kate Neal told KOIN. "This is Portland."

Neal told NWCN that she, her partner, Shankako Devoll, and a friend were also kicked out of a second cab operated by Broadway Cab after the second cab driver spoke with Egal.

The women eventually flagged down a police officer, who escorted them home.

Egal, however, disputed their claims, saying that he stopped the car and called 911 because the women were being abusive.

The city said that discrimination was not a factor in the decision. Broadway Cab was fined $1,000.

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