A bartender has claimed an Uber driver kicked him out because he is gay.
Chris ‘Skipp’ Williams – who is openly gay - finished working a 12 hour shift last month in Washington DC when he ordered an Uber to go home, however, while speaking to his grandfather on the phone, the driver pulled over when he heard the word “darling”.
Williams told Metro Weekly: “[My grandad] asked me how my night was, and the first thing I say is, ‘Ooh darling it has been a night. Oh it’s been busy with all this crazy’.
“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’.
“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?’”
But when Williams refused to get out of the car, the driver allegedly threatened to call the police.
Williams said 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.”
The driver – who hasn’t been named – called the police and when they arrived Williams started recording his interaction with the driver, which he posted on Facebook.
In the video, Williams says: “The way that you just treated me right now and I just sat here and looked at you and told you what the fuck is going on, and you want to sit here and be a bigot? Go ahead.”
After a five minute conversation with the police, the driver gets back into his car and drives away leaving him on the street.
Williams was forced to order another Uber which took 30 minutes and when he got home he posted the video on social media.
He continued: “I was so angry, that I was like, ‘Uh-uh. I’m sending this to somebody, somebody’s gotta fix this’.
“I just wanted my friends to see it, and be like, ‘Y’all see that shit? Do y’all see this?’
“Instead of trying to push your beliefs on someone else, maybe instead, have a conversation. Maybe instead try to understand who that person is.
“I think that we should just… love each other more. And if you don’t like me, you don’t have to like me, you don’t have to love me, but what I do require of you is to respect me.”