Bus operator First is investigating allegations that a driver on the number 89 route called Marcus Coore, 17, a `black b******' and forced him off the bus partway through his journey.
Trainee plumber Marcus only had 70p when he got on the bus at Strangeways heading home to Blackley after spending the day looking for a part-time job and the driver refused to allow him on.
Another passenger on the bus, family friend Maureen Burnett, handed over an extra 70p to the driver and Marcus was allowed on to the bus. But when the bus reached North Manchester General Hospital at Crumpsall, a few stops short of Marcus's destination, the driver stopped and ordered him off.
One of Mrs Burnett's friends, who was travelling with her on the bus, offered the driver more money to cover the fare but he still refused to change his mind and allegedly became abusive.
Now it's not unknown for a young person to not have the full fare for where he wants to go. Let he who has never 'tried it on' cast the first stone. And the (alleged) language of the bus driver is disgraceful.
But what's really worrying me is that if the allegations are true, First seem to be employing blind bus drivers.