City revokes permit of cab driver after forcing lesbian couple out of carBy Mason White 10:27 AM August 23, 2013
|Kate Neal and Shanko Devoll|
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A taxi driver lost his cab license after he dumped a lesbian couple on the side of the road in middle of the night.
The city of Portland, Oregon, has revoked the license of the cab driver, who was accused of kicking a lesbian couple out of his cab on I-84.
It is alleged that after the lesbian couple began making out, Ahmed Egal used homophobic slurs before throwing Kate Neal, her partner Shanko Devoll, and another woman, who was with them, out of his cab, leaving the three stranded on the side of the road.
The couple claims that the driver of Broadway Cab Company forced them out of his cab after he saw them become affectionate with each other in the back of his cab. According to the complaint, a second driver soon arrived, but Egal talked him out of taking the lesbian women home.
According to a police call of that night, Egal was the one who called police and told a 911 operator that the women in his cab are drunk and they are leaving his cab without paying the fare.
Despite the evidence of the 911 call, the city has made the decision to revoke his cab license citing that Egal has violated city codes of not getting his client to the destination, safely.
“My clients are pleased with the results, evidence shows that they were not in the wrong that night as many have claimed,” Nicholas Yanchar, the couple’s lawyer, said.
The city has also fined Broadway Cab Company $1,000, saying the company failed to provide a prompt response when the couple called for service that night.
“We believe the 911 call of the incident tells a different story,” Raye Miles, president of Broadway Cab, said in a written statement.
“Broadway Cab is fully committed to the practice of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and diversity,” he added.
Egal and Broadway Cab each have 10 days to appeal the city’s decision.