London: Gay Couple ‘Thrown Off Bus for Kissing’

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In London, a same sex couple reportedly faced verbal abuse from a bus driver after kissing.

Jack James, 23, told the Evening Standard that he and his partner were ordered to leave the number 89 bus near Blackheath, in south-east London.

“We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.” James said.

“The bus driver shouted: ‘Oi, you two, don’t do that on my fucking bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that’.”

According to James, the couple initially were unsure if the bus driver was talking to them.

“When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us. 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 fuck off.”

The incident reportedly occurred on August 8th at around 10.30pm.

Ken Davidson, head of bus operations at Transport for London said the matter was not being let go lightly.

“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 [bus company] Go-Ahead.”

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