The Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau on Thursday fired a 33-year-old bus driver who reportedly failed to help a female passenger with a walking difficulty after she fell twice while on the bus. Furthermore, the driver was heard to make an inappropriate remark about the disabled commuter as she boarded the vehicle, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday.
According to the transportation bureau , the incident occurred on Oct 11 at around 12:30 p.m. after the woman boarded the bus at Kamigyo-ku bus stop. She asked the driver to wait before continuing to drive, so she could steady herself, but the driver ignored the request and drove off, causing her to fall. The driver is said to have told other passengers, “This woman does this all the time.”
The woman attempted to sit in a seat near the driver after the bus pulled up at the next stop. However, the driver once again took off, not waiting for her to be seated, and the woman fell over once more.
When questioned by authorities at the transportation bureau, the bus driver said, “I was told by other drivers that there was a passenger who routinely fell over. I assumed that I didn’t have to come to her aid.”© Japan Today