Uber driver boots interfaith couple

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June 20, 2017
Uber driver boots interfaith couple

FURY: Muslim woman and Chrisian man in taxi

A Fairways couple wants Uber to take steps against a driver who allegedly told them it is “wrong” for a Muslim woman to be dating a Christian man.

Christopher Parker says on Friday at about 5pm, he and his fiancée, who didn’t want to be named, had hired an Uber cab and asked the driver to stop at a shop in Rosmead Avenue, Claremont.

He said when she went into the shop, the driver “interrogated” him and asked if his fiancée was still a Muslim.

Parker told the driver: “It is none of your business, it is personal information.”

“He then told me it is not on for me to be in a relationship with her.

“I take it that because he saw I had a crucifix tattoo on my arm that he gathered I was Christian and my fiancée who booked the service has a Muslim name.”

He told the driver: “My grandfather is also a Muslim. My fiancée grew up with parents from different religions and she never really embraced Islam, but why should that even matter. He was completely inappropriate.”

He said the driver put them out of the cab, leaving them stranded on Rosmead Avenue.

He said: “Luckily I have a friend who lives close by, imagine if we were somewhere else.”

Parker said he doesn’t hold Uber accountable but is demanding a public apology from the driver. He has a recording of the alleged incident.

Uber told the Cape Times they had made contact with the passengers and the driver-partner and are currently investigating the matter.

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