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Uber driver, 46, who asked a lesbian passenger how she had sex with her girlfriend is fined $300

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  • Umar Subi Gammeda made an inappropriate remark to a Brisbane passenger
  • The Ethiopian national had been giving a lift to Fortitude Valley in August 2017
  • His female passenger, 25, had told him she was gay during chat about marriage
  • The Uber driver, 46, told her homosexuality wasn’t condoned in his home nation 

 

An Uber driver from Ethiopia who questioned how a lesbian passenger had sex has been fined $300.

Umar Subi Gammeda made the inappropriate comment after giving the 25-year-old woman a lift to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in August 2017.

The 46-year-old African man had been chatting with his much younger passenger about whether she was married after collecting her from her inner-city Paddington home, Brisbane Magistrates Court was told.

As they drove to the Fortitude Valley nightclub district, the woman told him she was gay.

Umar Subi Gammeda made the inappropriate comment after giving the woman a lift to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in August 2017

Subi Gammeda responded that homosexuality wasn’t condoned in his home country of Ethiopia.

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He then asked how she had sex with her girlfriend, which was the basis of the public nuisance charge.

His defence barrister Debra Wardle told the court her client was sorry for his conduct.

‘He fully accepts that it’s offensive here and he shouldn’t have said it,’ she said.

‘This offence really boils down to cultural differences and not understanding, and he apologises for the offence that he has caused.’

The African man had been chatting with his 25-year-old passenger about whether she was married after collecting her from her Paddington home, Brisbane Magistrates Court was told Umar Subi Gammeda (pictured) then asked how she had sex with her girlfriend, which was the basis of the public nuisance charge Her client was initially charged with deprivation of liberty after allegedly detaining the customer for more than an hour.

But prosecutors withdrew that charge on Friday morning due to lack of evidence.

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The Uber driver instead pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to causing a public nuisance.

Since being charged, Subi Gammeda hasn’t worked as an Uber driver and was unemployed for six months before finding a job as a labourer at a chicken farm.

Ms Wardle told the court he intended to return to work as a professional driver.

Subi Gammeda did not have a conviction recorded against his name.

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4 Comments

  1. He is idiot,
    his job is to drive people from A to B,
    he is not there to chat or to flirt with strangers.
    If he wants to chat up women, he should go to clubs,
    he can not mix work with flirting.
    When we do our jobs, we should act professionally.
    It is good to be friendly, but do not cross the line.
    Our culture is backward, advancing on women everywhere,
    married men are worse than single men.
    Look what he has done to himself, out of job for 6 months,
    and, he will get criminal record for the rest of his life,
    every time he applies for a new job, they check his past,
    he will never get a job something to do with children or women.
    When you live in civilized countries, focus on your jobs,
    don’t be Megata, everything has time and place, don’t mix it up.

    • There was nothing wrong chatting up with passengers as long as it doesn’t get personal. He crossed that line and he is paying for it. I strongly disagree with your comment regarding Ethiopian culture. His comments has nothing to do with civilization, he grew up in a culture that doesn’t condone homosexuality – there is nothing backward about it.

  2. This seems an innocent ignorance on the part of Gamada. Clearly, he was acting as if he was in his home country environment. He probably meant no harm of offens at all but in a different culture and different set of laws, it came across offensively bad. He has learned his lessons the hard way and hopefully, the young lady will forgive his transgressions.

    Adiamat

  3. We do not need personal comments while at work, the gentleman has mixed the two. I fell sorry for him, but he should know better as a middle age man. The last thing you talk about in work is sex and sexuality. Unless you are a sexuality thrapist. Mr Gamada learn from this and move on mate.

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