Date
16 December 2017
This is the route on which a three-minute delay resulted in an argument betwen a passenger and a Citybus driver, ultimately costing the latter his job. Photo: hkitalk.net
This is the route on which a three-minute delay resulted in an argument betwen a passenger and a Citybus driver, ultimately costing the latter his job. Photo: hkitalk.net

Veteran Citybus driver sacked over argument after 3-minute delay

A veteran Citybus driver has been sacked after videos surfaced online showing him in a fiery argument with a passenger.

The 57-year-old man, surnamed Au, was fired by the bus operator on Wednesday after 17 years with the company, Headline Daily reports.

Au got into a testy exchange with a passenger who complained that he had been three minutes late for duty.

Au said he had been in the toilet and told the male passenger he was “making a big problem out of nothing”.

The incident took place on the night April 8 at the Tuen Mun ferry pier bus depot, the report said, citing witnesses.

The bus had been due to leave at 9:45 p.m. but did not pull out of the terminal until three minutes later.

Two videos trending on social media show the men arguing violently.

The passenger is heard calling the driver “undisciplined” for talking on the phone when the bus was already late.

Au reportedly left on Wednesday without getting paid in lieu of notice or given severance payment for long service. 

A Citybus spokesman contacted by the media said the company is prohibited by the privacy ordinance from disclosing employee records.  

Also, he said it does not comment on specific cases.

Some netizens are standing by Au, saying the incident was not serious enough to cost him his job, although his attitude was questionable.

Bus drivers get only a five-minute break on Au’s route, news website hk01.com reports.

Citybus does not have its own toilets in bus terminals for its drivers, forcing them to go to shopping malls or public toilets to relieve themselves, the report said.

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