AN INVESTIGATION IS under way after a gay couple claimed they were thrown off a London bus for kissing.
Transport for London (TfL) told TheJournal.ie that they are taking the issue seriously.
23-year-old Jack James told London’s Evening Standard that he was on board a bus near Blackheath with his partner when they were ordered off.
“We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.
“The bus driver shouted ‘Oi you two don’t do that on my f****** bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that.”
He said that he hadn’t thought the driver was talking to them. When they had gotten to their stop, he asked the driver if the comment was aimed at them.
His reply was ‘Yes, it’s my bus it is my rules and I don’t want to watch that, it’s disgusting, get off the bus’.
“Once we got off the bus we were fuming and I was shaking. The bus stopped again and he shouted and told us we were not real men and we should f*** off.”
Ken Davidson, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: “All customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable. We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted by Go Ahead.”