NYC cab driver, Medhat Mohamed, is now feeling the heat after city officials became aware that he ejected a gay couple from his cab and refused them service because the two men hugged each other in the backseat. Although his boss, Mahmoud Elnefnawy, who owns the taxi medallion, tried to defend him by saying that his Islamic religion was the reason for the episode, “In our religion, we can't handle that stuff" he stated. But city officials such as the Speaker for the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, and newly re-elected Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, made clear that the city stands squarely against such bigoted behavior. “I thought the taxi driver's behavior - if it is as reported - was a disgrace. Somebody's orientation has absolutely nothing to do with whether they can ride a taxi. That kind of attitude doesn't fit with what this city's become," Bloomberg said in a statement. The cab driver now faces financial penalties and the possible loss of his license for his refusal of service.
(Cabbie photo: James Messerschmidt.)