Gay Man Kicked Out Of Uber For "Sounding Gay"

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Submitted by Take Out on Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:27

A D.C. bartender claims that an Uber driver kicked him out of his car last month due to homophobia.

Chris “Skipp” Williams says he finished his closing shift as a bartender on U Street on Wednesday, June 27, and ordered an Uber to go home. During the ride, Williams says he called his grandfather on the phone and started talking to him. 

“[My granddad] asked me how my night was, and the first thing I say is, ‘ooh darling it has been a night,” Williams says. “‘Oh it’s been busy with all this crazy.'”

Williams, who is openly gay, says that due to being from Georgia, his “tag words” like “honey” and “darling” can also be viewed as gay vocabulary. Williams claims that once he said the word “darling,” the driver discontinued the ride.

“As soon as [the driver] heard the word, darling, he has to pullover…I’m like, wait, this is new. This isn’t my stop,” Williams says. “He said ‘you literally actually need to get out of my car, because I’m not taking you anywhere.’ And, so I’m looking at this man, like, what, wait a minute. What’s wrong?”


 
After the driver pulled over, Williams says he tried to calm the situation, but the driver said, “If you don’t get out of my car right now, I’m going to call the police.” When Williams tried to ask why, he claims the driver did not answer and called the cops instead.

When police arrived, Williams began recording his interaction with the driver, a video he later posted to his Facebook.

In the video, Williams films the Uber driver as two police officers respond to the scene at a gas station in Columbia Heights. The driver says nothing to Williams as he speaks for the majority of the video, only speaking to the attending officers. The video eventually shows the driver getting into his car and driving away, leaving Williams on the side of the road.

A D.C. bartender claims that an Uber driver kicked him out of his car last month due to homophobia.

Chris “Skipp” Williams says he finished his closing shift as a bartender on U Street on Wednesday, June 27, and ordered an Uber to go home. During the ride, Williams says he called his grandfather on the phone and started talking to him. 

“[My granddad] asked me how my night was, and the first thing I say is, ‘ooh darling it has been a night,” Williams says. “‘Oh it’s been busy with all this crazy.'”

Williams, who is openly gay, says that due to being from Georgia, his “tag words” like “honey” and “darling” can also be viewed as gay vocabulary. Williams claims that once he said the word “darling,” the driver discontinued the ride.

“As soon as [the driver] heard the word, darling, he has to pullover…I’m like, wait, this is new. This isn’t my stop,” Williams says. “He said ‘you literally actually need to get out of my car, because I’m not taking you anywhere.’ And, so I’m looking at this man, like, what, wait a minute. What’s wrong?”


After the driver pulled over, Williams says he tried to calm the situation, but the driver said, “If you don’t get out of my car right now, I’m going to call the police.” When Williams tried to ask why, he claims the driver did not answer and called the cops instead.

When police arrived, Williams began recording his interaction with the driver, a video he later posted to his Facebook.

In the video, Williams films the Uber driver as two police officers respond to the scene at a gas station in Columbia Heights. The driver says nothing to Williams as he speaks for the majority of the video, only speaking to the attending officers. The video eventually shows the driver getting into his car and driving away, leaving Williams on the side of the road.

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