EL­DERLY WOMAN THROWN OFF BUS Pas­sen­ger booted for not hav­ing change

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS STAR Writer

ACoaster bus con­duc­tor felt the ire of pas­sen­gers re­cently after he ush­ered an el­derly woman off a bus sim­ply be­cause she did not have $100 change to pay her bus fare.

THE STAR un­der­stands that the woman opted to pay the con­duc­tor us­ing a $1,000 bill. How­ever, the con­duc­tor, whose bus plies the down­town Kingston to Lawrence Tav­ern route, was adamant that he was not mak­ing change for his pas­sen­gers.

The woman, who was the only pas­sen­ger with­out change, was forced to depart the ve­hi­cle halfway through her jour­ney.

“Is not like is a $5,000 bill I was pay­ing with. It’s a $1,000, and if he col­lected the other pas­sen­gers’ bus fare he would have the change to give me. He was say­ing he can’t give away all his change. My jour­ney was nowhere com­plete. They do this all the time, and I think some­body should put a stop to it,” the woman said.

BIG MONEY

THE STAR gath­ered that while on the bus on Mon­day morn­ing, the con­duc­tor told the pas­sen­gers: “Mek mi tell unuh this, yuh see week­end time, unuh fi go look change. Unuh a come pan bus Mon­day morn­ing wid big money. Mi nah look nuh change. When unuh see my bus, nuh tek it if unuh nah change.”

Our news team was told that the pas­sen­gers, who were not pleased, did not hes­i­tate to let the con­duc­tor know how they felt.

“The pas­sen­gers told him their minds. It was a dis­grace. If I had change, I would have given him the $100. Some of these con­duc­tors think too much of them­selves,” the woman told THE STAR.

Our news team tracked the con­duc­tor based on the de­scrip­tion given, but when we reached out to him, he de­clined to give a com­ment.

After hear­ing about the in­ci­dent, Pe­traKene Wil­liams, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at the Trans­port Author­ity, told THE STAR that a vi­o­la­tion was com­mit­ted.

“Yes, there would have been a vi­o­la­tion. The law does not per­mit the bus crew to put a pas­sen­ger off the pub­lic trans­porta­tion for that type of of­fence,” she said.

Wil­liams ex­plained that un­less the pas­sen­ger has a foul odour, used an of­fen­sive language or his/her con­duct was threat­en­ing to other pas­sen­gers, it goes against the li­cence is­sued to op­er­ate.

“We would have to in­ves­ti­gate the sit­u­a­tion by con­tact­ing the owner of the ve­hi­cle who em­ployed the con­duc­tor be­cause the con­duc­tor is an em­ployee of the li­censee. The chal­lenge we have is when the pas­sen­ger(s) do not take note of li­cence plate, any mark­ings on the ve­hi­cle and date and time an in­ci­dent oc­curred,” Wil­liams said.

LIONEL ROOKWOOD

This young­ster, who at­tends the Seaward Pri­mary School, rides a toy horse dur­ing PlayMat­ter­sJA that was held at the Max­field Park Chil­dren’s Home in St An­drew on Tues­day.

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