‘Rude’ bus driver caught swear­ing at pas­sen­ger

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An Auck­land bus driver is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter he was caught on cam­era swear­ing at a pas­sen­ger.

Lagi Vaili filmed the an­gry ex­change af­ter the driver, op­er­at­ing a MetroLink bus, stopped part­way through the Mon­day morn­ing com­mute with­out ex­pla- na­tion.

The bus, trav­el­ling from Mt Welling­ton to down­town Auck­land, had pulled into New­mar­ket at 6.50am and was parked for about five min­utes be­fore the al­ter­ca­tion.

An older woman ap­proached the driver to ask why they had stopped, and was ‘‘rudely’’ told it was be­cause the bus had to de­part from the stop on sched­ule, 10 min­utes later at 7am, she said.

‘‘He was quite sharp and blunt with her.’’

Things got ‘‘a bit more in­tense’’ when an­other pas­sen­ger called out from the back that the driver should have told them why they were be­ing held up.

Vaili said the driver called out to the pas­sen­ger say­ing: ‘‘If you don’t want to be on this bus then get off.’’

The pas­sen­ger ap­peared to threaten to lay a com­plaint with the com­pany, be­fore the driver told him to ‘‘f... off’’.

An NZ Bus spokesper­son said the com­pany was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and apol­o­gised to pas­sen­gers on the bus for any dis­tress caused.

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The driver of a Metrolink bus was filmed telling a pas­sen­ger to ‘f... off’ dur­ing the Mon­day morn­ing rush hour.

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