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York Press: . .

I WORK in the city centre and sometimes use the number 4 bus to get to work. One morning last month, I boarded the number 4 bus at the stop outside Foxwood Lane shops.

When we arrived at another stop, a young man tried to board the bus using a pass. The driver was under the impression that the man was not permitted to use this pass on journeys before 9am. The man explained that he had used the pass several times previously before 9am. The driver decided to radio to ask for help.

The driver asked the man what type of pass it was and asked why he was entitled to it. He explained that he was disabled, to which, the driver replied: “Well, you don’t look disabled.”

I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. I was shocked to hear something so hurtful. Moody drivers getting angry when you try to pay for a return with a £5 note is nothing compared to what I saw that day.

Joseph Woof, Burgess Walk, York.

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1:05pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Doesn't surprise me.
You should see them dishing out their own form of road traffic justice at the Piccadilly junction - it's a wonder no-one's been killed.
Doesn't surprise me. You should see them dishing out their own form of road traffic justice at the Piccadilly junction - it's a wonder no-one's been killed. Buzzz Light-year

2:26pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Fat Harry says...

Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media.

It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position.
Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media. It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position. Fat Harry

3:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

ladybranch says...

Some of the drivers in York are just ignorant arrogant people, I would have thought customer service would be the first priority in their job - some of them should try a new profession as dealing with people is obviously not their forte. I see their rudeness on a daily basis and it really angers me!
Some of the drivers in York are just ignorant arrogant people, I would have thought customer service would be the first priority in their job - some of them should try a new profession as dealing with people is obviously not their forte. I see their rudeness on a daily basis and it really angers me! ladybranch

3:19pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Jazzper says...

I've been travelling on 1st buses for a couple of years now and it's amazing the difference in attitude between drivers. It should be a requirement for them to wear a badge clearly indicating a number, so they can be praised...or otherwise, to their superiors. I must add tho' that the vast majority are very sociable, as are the passengers who thank them as they leave the bus.
I've been travelling on 1st buses for a couple of years now and it's amazing the difference in attitude between drivers. It should be a requirement for them to wear a badge clearly indicating a number, so they can be praised...or otherwise, to their superiors. I must add tho' that the vast majority are very sociable, as are the passengers who thank them as they leave the bus. Jazzper

5:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Miss Nono says...

I would say that the majority of drivers are sociable and act in a professional manner, however, this image is tarnished by the minority who are rude arrogant and unhelpful. I was on a bus the other day, and because the driver thought a car driver, who had right of way, wasn't going to stop and let him out of a junction, he said out loud "f***ing w**ker". The car did in fact stop to let him out. I was seated towards the back of the bus, so most of the passengers will have heard his comment, and it was rush hour time, so the bus had a lot of passengers on, including young children travelling to school!! First York, you need to sort out this minority!!
I would say that the majority of drivers are sociable and act in a professional manner, however, this image is tarnished by the minority who are rude arrogant and unhelpful. I was on a bus the other day, and because the driver thought a car driver, who had right of way, wasn't going to stop and let him out of a junction, he said out loud "f***ing w**ker". The car did in fact stop to let him out. I was seated towards the back of the bus, so most of the passengers will have heard his comment, and it was rush hour time, so the bus had a lot of passengers on, including young children travelling to school!! First York, you need to sort out this minority!! Miss Nono

4:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Fat Harry wrote:
Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media.

It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position.
Exactly... To be honest, what is described in the letter is what I refer to as 'inverse discrimination' - trying to say a disabled person is not actually disabled. our lovely government and it's hired heavies at ATOS know all too well how to do it.

As for the drivers, I've seen occasions where the bus is actually at the stop and somebody is running to the bus just as the driver closes the doors - there is a queue of static vehicles meaning the bus cannot move, but the driver refuses to open the doors for the person who has run for the bus! During one race day at the rail station, one of the marshalls directed a Number 7 bus down to one stop to pick up passengers, the bus stayed at the far end blocking the traffic but not picking people up, then it moved down, the driver stopped the bus but didn't open the doors, made some shoulder shrugging movements, then drove off.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media. It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position.[/p][/quote]Exactly... To be honest, what is described in the letter is what I refer to as 'inverse discrimination' - trying to say a disabled person is not actually disabled. our lovely government and it's hired heavies at ATOS know all too well how to do it. As for the drivers, I've seen occasions where the bus is actually at the stop and somebody is running to the bus just as the driver closes the doors - there is a queue of static vehicles meaning the bus cannot move, but the driver refuses to open the doors for the person who has run for the bus! During one race day at the rail station, one of the marshalls directed a Number 7 bus down to one stop to pick up passengers, the bus stayed at the far end blocking the traffic but not picking people up, then it moved down, the driver stopped the bus but didn't open the doors, made some shoulder shrugging movements, then drove off. Magicman!

11:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Roboto says...

My Mother told me one day, as she supports people with learning disabilities, that she went on to the bus with her tenant once and they refused to let her on, only the tenant, baring in mind this person cannot talk and is autistic, she was then forced into paying the morons a full adult fare!! This is disgusting as carers are supposed to be allowed on board with the bus pass!!!!
My Mother told me one day, as she supports people with learning disabilities, that she went on to the bus with her tenant once and they refused to let her on, only the tenant, baring in mind this person cannot talk and is autistic, she was then forced into paying the morons a full adult fare!! This is disgusting as carers are supposed to be allowed on board with the bus pass!!!! Roboto

2:38pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Overproof says...

I have never understood how bus drivers get paid mainly in coins all day long, but always claim to have no change when offered a note.
I have never understood how bus drivers get paid mainly in coins all day long, but always claim to have no change when offered a note. Overproof

11:11am Wed 18 Dec 13

daveyboy25 says...

Roboto wrote:
My Mother told me one day, as she supports people with learning disabilities, that she went on to the bus with her tenant once and they refused to let her on, only the tenant, baring in mind this person cannot talk and is autistic, she was then forced into paying the morons a full adult fare!! This is disgusting as carers are supposed to be allowed on board with the bus pass!!!!
Then the tenant should have a companion pass, so in that instance not the drivers fault
[quote][p][bold]Roboto[/bold] wrote: My Mother told me one day, as she supports people with learning disabilities, that she went on to the bus with her tenant once and they refused to let her on, only the tenant, baring in mind this person cannot talk and is autistic, she was then forced into paying the morons a full adult fare!! This is disgusting as carers are supposed to be allowed on board with the bus pass!!!![/p][/quote]Then the tenant should have a companion pass, so in that instance not the drivers fault daveyboy25

11:18am Wed 18 Dec 13

daveyboy25 says...

Magicman! wrote:
Fat Harry wrote:
Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media.

It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position.
Exactly... To be honest, what is described in the letter is what I refer to as 'inverse discrimination' - trying to say a disabled person is not actually disabled. our lovely government and it's hired heavies at ATOS know all too well how to do it.

As for the drivers, I've seen occasions where the bus is actually at the stop and somebody is running to the bus just as the driver closes the doors - there is a queue of static vehicles meaning the bus cannot move, but the driver refuses to open the doors for the person who has run for the bus! During one race day at the rail station, one of the marshalls directed a Number 7 bus down to one stop to pick up passengers, the bus stayed at the far end blocking the traffic but not picking people up, then it moved down, the driver stopped the bus but didn't open the doors, made some shoulder shrugging movements, then drove off.
If a bus is pulling away thats because its time to leave regardless of traffic, how many trains stop and reopen its doors, if the passenger was late then once again not the drivers fault, if they waited for every passenger then they would be late then moaned at for that, bus drivers are never right whatever they do, merry christmas first york
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Disgusting behaviour, but sadly no surprise given the witch hunt currently underway against disabled people on the part of government and their profiteering pals at Atos, enthusiastically cheered on by certain secitons of the media. It seems to have become OK to assume that anyone "claiming" to be disabled is in fact a benefit scrounger, and therefore perfectly acceptable to question, harangue, abuse, or assault anyone in this position.[/p][/quote]Exactly... To be honest, what is described in the letter is what I refer to as 'inverse discrimination' - trying to say a disabled person is not actually disabled. our lovely government and it's hired heavies at ATOS know all too well how to do it. As for the drivers, I've seen occasions where the bus is actually at the stop and somebody is running to the bus just as the driver closes the doors - there is a queue of static vehicles meaning the bus cannot move, but the driver refuses to open the doors for the person who has run for the bus! During one race day at the rail station, one of the marshalls directed a Number 7 bus down to one stop to pick up passengers, the bus stayed at the far end blocking the traffic but not picking people up, then it moved down, the driver stopped the bus but didn't open the doors, made some shoulder shrugging movements, then drove off.[/p][/quote]If a bus is pulling away thats because its time to leave regardless of traffic, how many trains stop and reopen its doors, if the passenger was late then once again not the drivers fault, if they waited for every passenger then they would be late then moaned at for that, bus drivers are never right whatever they do, merry christmas first york daveyboy25

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