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Permit Revoked After Cab Driver Leaves Gay Couple On Highway

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(CBS Seattle) — A Portland cab driver had his taxi license revoked after leaving a gay couple on the side of the highway, Portland television station KGW reported.

Kate Neal, one of the women involved, told KGW the cab driver started shouting at her and her girlfriend and made homophobic remarks, then kicked them out of the cab when he realized they were gay. “We really didn’t feel safe in the cab,” Neal told KGW.

The cab driver, identified as Ahmed Egal, said he stopped the car and called police because the two women were drunk and being abusive. Egal said he waited with the women along I-84 until another cab arrived, but that driver also refused to give them a ride.

Portland’s Regulatory Division permanently revoked Egal’s license because he didn’t get his customers to their destination. The agency also said discrimination was not a factor the decision. The cab company, Broadway Cab, was fined $1,000, according to KGW.

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