Two men suing taxi company, claim they were kicked out of cab after kiss
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE August 27, 2014 7:42AM
Matthew McCrea (left) and Steven White are suing a cab company over an alleged incident in May 2013. They say a cab driver kicked them out of his vehicle after the men kissed on a ride to Lake View from O'Hare International Airport. | Sun-Times Files
Updated: August 27, 2014 1:11PM
Two men who say they were kicked out of a cab after a brief kiss on their way home from the airport are suing the taxi company.
The suit against Sun Taxi, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court by Matthew McCrea and Steven White, states that as the two were riding in a cab from O’Hare International Airport into the city in May 2013, McCrea leaned in and gave White, his boyfriend, “a simple, one second in length, kiss,” the suit stated.
After the peck, the cab driver flashed the vehicle’s interior lights on and off repeatedly, the suit claims. The driver then pulled onto the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway – while it was dark and raining – and told the two to exit the cab, according to the suit.
The men refused to get out, and the driver merged back onto the Kennedy, “driving recklessly, swerving into traffic,” the suit states. He then exited at Cumberland in Park Ridge, by which point, White had called 311 and was transferred to 911.
The driver eventually stopped the vehicle in a grocery store parking lot in northwest suburban Park Ridge, the suit said. When police arrived, the driver told an officer that McCrea and White had been “making sex” in the cab, they claim.
The driver, a cabbie for eight years, is not named as a defendant. previously told the Chicago Sun-Times he wasn’t kicking out his passengers when he pulled off the highway. He was annoyed because they wouldn’t stop kissing.
“I told them to stop,” he said. “It was raining. I couldn’t drive with something like that. I have to drive safely because it’s raining.”
A representative from Sun Taxi could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The suit alleges a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act and seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.