Driver harasses tourist
NZ Bus has apologised after one of its drivers made inappropriate sexual comments to a teenage girl visiting from France.
Andrew Parsons was hosting the 16-year-old exchange student when she bussed from St Heliers to Orakei about 8.30pm one night.
The girl said the bus driver asked if she had a boyfriend and went on to tell her that foreign students were easy.
‘‘It went on for most of the trip. My student said she had two choices – either get off the bus in the dark or tough it out,’’ Parsons said.
The girl’s phone battery was flat and she was in a foreign country so she endured the abuse.
Parsons wrote to NZ Bus and also contacted its owner Infratil. NZ Bus chief operating officer Northern Shane McMahon said he had spoken with Parsons about the incident and has disciplined the bus driver.
McMahon said the bus driver’s actions were inappropriate and he did not condone the behaviour in any way.
Parsons also contacted NZTA which wrote him a letter saying: ‘‘The Transport Agency has now concluded its review of the matter and can advise you that appropriate action has been taken, and the matter has now been closed.’’
Parsons considered going to the police but the girl involved did not want to. She has since gone back to France.
Inappropriate sexual comments were made to a French teenager.