Cabbie says they were rude and didn’t want to pay. via Broadway Cab driver suspended after allegedly forcing same-sex couple out on I-84 | OregonLive.com.
Shanako M. Devoll her partner Kate Neal say a Broadway Cab driver ditched them on the side of a Portland freeway around midnight Thursday because of their sexual orientation.
Devoll said she was showing affection to Neal when the cab driver started making inappropriate comments.
“I was holding her hand and we kissed a couple of times in the back seat, minding our own business,” Devoll said. “He made homophobic remarks that were very hurtful to us. We did not want to be in his cab.”
But the couple asked to be let off at a safe spot, Devoll said.
“This was an unsafe situation. We told him ‘we can’t get out on the freeway. We’re not getting out on the freeway,’ ” she recalled. “If people are working in customer service they need to be able to accept people for who they are.”
Neal said the driver was yelling homophobic remarks at them, and they offered to pay the fare of just under $40 if he’d just let them out at a safe spot, off an exit ramp of the freeway. But Neal said he refused.
“When this happened, you’re in shock and you’re not believing that it’s happening,” Devoll said. “There is no reasoning. You just need to get out of the situation.”
They ended up out of the cab, on the side of eastbound Interstate 84, just before 102nd Avenue.
Neal said their driver had radioed to another Broadway Cab driver, and a second cab pulled up alongside the freeway where they were let out. The second driver told the three on the side of the freeway to get into his cab, and they did, Neal said.
There was some communication between the first driver and the second outside of the cab, and suddenly the second cab driver told the group in his back seat to get out, according to Devoll and Neal.
“That second cab driver came back and ejected us from his cab,” Neal said.
Ryan Hashagen, a pedicab representative on the city’s Private for Hire Transportation Board of Review, said Devoll’s and Neal’s complaint follows similar concerns raised last week before the board. Hashagen said the board earlier in the week had received public testimony regarding other allegations of discrimination within the industry against the LGBT community.
So Hashagen said was enraged when he learned of the experiences of Devoll, an acquaintance he knows through the Rose City Roller Derby, from comments she left on her Facebook page.
“This is not the type of community we want to live in,” Hashagen said Saturday.
Gays don’t want Muslims – but are afraid to say so – and Muslims don’t want gays.
The Muslim cabbie has his own side of the story. Broadway Cab driver called 911, complained his passengers were drunk and did not want to pay
The Broadway Cab driver who called 911 last Thursday night gave an account of how his passengers ended up on the side of Interstate 84 that conflicted with the one by the same-sex couple who complained about him.
The driver called 911 at 11:53 p.m. Thursday. At first, he said of his customers, “They don’t want to pay.”
The dispatcher asked where the driver was, and he replied that he was on I-84 eastbound, almost to I-205.
“These people are real, real drunk and so mean. I’m tired of it, ” the driver told an emergency dispatcher. “They want to jump out of the car.”
He told the dispatcher that his customers kept telling him to stop.
Dispatch asked if he could pull over.
“Right now they told me keep going, keep going,” he replied.
The dispatcher advised, “You’ve got to do what’s best for you.” (Listen to the call at the link above)
The driver said he planned to be at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Prescott Street within five minutes. “I might need a cab up there, please,” he said.
Moments later, the driver is heard yelling, “These people they opened the door…They jumped out on the freeway!…They’re going to kill themselves here.”
On the emergency call, the driver alerted dispatch that another cab pulled up along the side of the freeway after his customers had left his cab. The cab driver told the dispatcher he was going to warn the other driver not to accept the passengers.
“Don’t take them, they don’t pay,” the first driver can be heard saying, before he hung up with 911.
The 911 call was obtained by The Oregonian through a public records request. According to dispatch notes, the driver’s name was Ahmed Egal, but dispatch was unsure of the spelling.
Gay Mafia versus Muslim Mafia. How’s this going to end?
Many more examples of Muslim cabbie jihad here.