Friday, April 20, 2007

Manchester Bus Horror

Bus operator First is investigating allegations that a driver on the number 89 route called Marcus Coore, 17, a `black b******' and forced him off the bus partway through his journey.

Trainee plumber Marcus only had 70p when he got on the bus at Strangeways heading home to Blackley after spending the day looking for a part-time job and the driver refused to allow him on.

Another passenger on the bus, family friend Maureen Burnett, handed over an extra 70p to the driver and Marcus was allowed on to the bus. But when the bus reached North Manchester General Hospital at Crumpsall, a few stops short of Marcus's destination, the driver stopped and ordered him off.

One of Mrs Burnett's friends, who was travelling with her on the bus, offered the driver more money to cover the fare but he still refused to change his mind and allegedly became abusive.


Now it's not unknown for a young person to not have the full fare for where he wants to go. Let he who has never 'tried it on' cast the first stone. And the (alleged) language of the bus driver is disgraceful.

But what's really worrying me is that if the allegations are true, First seem to be employing blind bus drivers.


Marcus Coore.

4 comments:

Voyager said...

Time to fire the bus driver if this is true. If he is looking for a job and cannot cover his fare he needs cutting some slack; if someone else covers his fare, he is under no obligation.

The driver does not abuse his passengers fare-paying or not.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the Brazillian immigrant shot by the police two years ago described as black or Asian by the more excitable parts of the British media?

Martin said...

Laban,

I wonder if the driver was a Pole.

Observer said...

Wasn't the Brazillian immigrant shot by the police two years ago described as black or Asian

Well they forgot to describe him as an illegal masquerading as an electrician without certification and with traces of cocaine in his blood