A Wisconsin bus driver who accurately described a passenger after a dispute is being allowed to keep her job. After a back and forth over air conditioning, the bus driver called the woman “short, fat and white” as the passenger was exiting.
Melinda Slick, the passenger, asked the bus driver to turn down the air conditioning twice and the bus driver was in no mood for being told what to do by a little short and fat white woman, apparently.
After the minor verbal back and forth over the air conditioning, the bus driver can be heard on surveillance calling Slick a “fat @ss” as she exits the bus.
“I instantly started crying,” Slick said. “I have battled with my weight my whole entire life and I have been bullied for it.”
Slick also says she is now afraid to ride the bus because she doesn’t want to run into the same driver.
Veolia Transportation, which supervises city’s bus drivers, says the issue is being addressed with additional training.
“As a further response to this incident, we will provide refresher customer service training to our driver workforce beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3,” Veolia said in a statement. All of the city’s drivers, not just the driver involved in the incident, must take the training.
What is your assessment of the incident? Did the bus driver go too far or did the passenger have it coming?
Watch the surveillance video and decide for yourself: