PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon cab driver has lost his taxi license after he was accused of leaving a couple on the side of an interstate last month because they are gay.
The City of Portland Regulatory Division said Wednesday that Ahmed Egal’s license would be permanently revoked because he failed to get his customers to their destination safely, reported KGW-TV.
Kate Neal and Shanko Devoll said that when Egal, a driver for Broadway Cab, noticed they were being affectionate with each other, he started yelling homophobic comments and said “You can’t be gay in my cab.”
Neal said the driver pulled over on the side of Interstate 84 in Portland, and a second Broadway Cab appeared to pick them up, but the new driver also refused to take them home.
Egal told investigators he stopped the car and called 911 because the women were being abusive.
“These people are real, real drunk. And so mean,” he said during the 911 call. “And I’m getting tired of it. They want to jump out of the car.”
Investigators said the July 25 incident violated city code, but added that discrimination was not a factor in their decision to revoke Egal’s permit.
Broadway Cab was also fined $1,000.