The wheels of the bus go round and round ... as grumpy driver temporarily separates mom from son in Manhattan mass transit mess

New York Daily News 0 month ago

This city bus driver is a metro cad.

The cantankerous Manhattan wheelman closed the doors on a miffed mom trying to board a city bus with her son Wednesday morning, then insulted the woman for not staying close enough to the 11-year-old boy once she chased the fleeing vehicle down.

“Never tell anyone that they’re a bad mother,” Upper West Sider Erin Leigh Peck told the Daily News. "He was out of order, rude, hostile. I think he needs to be reprimanded and get a little more training.”

Peck snapped a picture of the unapologetic driver staring her down from the driver’s seat after she caught up with the vehicle about two blocks from where her son boarded alone at W. 86th St. and Broadway.

“Oh, that’s terrible,” tweeted NYCT Subway after hearing of the incident. “I apologize for what happened. We are alerting bus supervision about this issue.”

Peck told The News that she was ready to thank the driver for letting her board once she caught up, but the man instead unleashed a tirade that lasted for two blocks until she and her son exited to end the customer disservice.

She quickly spread the news of the unpleasant encounter via Twitter.

“Unapologetic MTA bus driver separates mother & child!” she tweeted. “This guy closed the door between me and my son."

When Peck caught up with the bus, the surly driver stuck out his thumb and jerked it toward the rear of the vehicle — indicating she should wait for the next one. A passenger shouted out that Peck’s son was alone on the bus, and the driver let her board before his angry rant.

In the end, Peck managed to get the last word in via social media while earning a bit of street cred from her son.

“One of his friends was on the bus too, and I asked ‘Did I embarrass you?'” she recounted. “And he said, ‘Mom, you’re so cool.’”


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