Shadi Ramini and Seth Day were on their way to meet friends for dinner and drinks in the Margate Park neighborhood of Chicago on 1 April.
What happened next was no April Fool's Day joke.
The men, both gay, were in the back of a taxi they had ordered through the Uber app when the ride came to an abrupt halt when the two friends shared a quick peck on the lips.
The driver, Mahdi Hared, kicked the pair out of his cab on busy Lakeshore Drive. Day initially refused to get out of the car. Then when he tried to exit the vehicle, he says the driver drove off.