Quantcast
Connect with us

Multi-racial gay couple booted off bus after driver goes on sneering homophobic rant

Published

on

A popular theater director and his partner were the victims of a sneering homophobic rant by a London bus driver who first denied them entrance at the front of the bus and then refused to drive after they entered through a rear door, reports the Evening Standard.

According to Omar Okai, he and his boyfriend felt “humiliated” as the innuendo-laden insults were thrown at them by the driver of the 25 bus route. “We put our hands out to get the bus but he looked at us and pointed at something and just drove on,” Okai said. They caught up to the bus at the next stop but the doors were closed, even though there were people on.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The back door was open so we got on and go straight to the front and put our Oyster cards on the machine,” Okai said. The driver told the men the doors were closed for a reason.

“He just kept repeating, ‘how long have you been using buses in this country?’” Okai said the driver asked the men. “I made it very clear I am British but he kept repeating it. It was really aggressive, it was vile.”

The driver then allegedly told the couple, “I bet you like it in the backdoor.”

“I kind of stopped and said, ‘what do you mean’. He said, ‘you heard,'” Okai said.

The driver pressed the button at the top of his bus and informed the entire bus load of people that the bus wasn’t going any further and people needed to get off.

ADVERTISEMENT

The two ultimately complained to Transport for London and the police over what they said happened.

“It was in such a nasty way. We got off the bus but realised other passengers stayed on. He then opened the front doors and allowed another lady to enter and then he drove off,” Okai said.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

His letter to TFL demanded not merely an apology but an explanation. “This kind of behavior is not acceptable in any shape or form in Great Britain and as a British citizen born here, I am not accepting it. My partner and I were humiliated and intimidated, being made to leave the bus.,” Okai said. “In a multi-racial, poly-sexual society, this can’t be allowed to pass. I use the transport system day in, day out and have never been so insulted.”

After the UK passed the withdrawal from the European Union there were many reports of overt racism against non-English residents, particularly attacking Polish people.

ADVERTISEMENT

TFL is investigating the incident. They said in a statement, “We are concerned to hear of this incident and are investigating it with Tower Transit, the operator of the 25 bus route. We expect the highest standard of public service from bus drivers.”

The bus driver who Omar Okai has reported as part of the alleged incident. (Omar Okai)

The bus driver who Omar Okai has reported as part of the alleged incident. (Omar Okai)


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

A closer look at Trump COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

Published

on

A firm set up by a former telemarketer who once settled federal fraud charges for $2.7 million. A vodka distributor accused in a pending lawsuit of overstating its projected sales. An aspiring weapons dealer operating out of a single-family home.

These three privately held companies are part of the new medical supply chain, offered a total of almost $74 million by the federal government to find and rapidly deliver vital protective equipment and COVID-19 testing supplies across the U.S. While there’s no evidence that they obtained their deals through political connections, none of the three had to bid against competing firms. One has already lost its contract for lack of performance; it’s unclear if the other two can fulfill their orders on time, or at all.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

The View’s Meghan McCain calls for cops to be charged for ‘blatant murder’ of George Floyd

Published

on

"The View" co-host Meghan McCain called for charges against the Minneapolis police officers over the fatal arrest of George Floyd.

The four officers lost their jobs over the death, which prompted widespread protests that were met with tear gas and other violent tactics from police.

"There was huge amounts of protesters that took to the streets last night, and I think people are sitting in their homes and seeing what is blatantly a murder of a man on camera, and George Floyd, I watched the entire video," McCain said. "I know we didn't want to show the entire thing, but it's very graphic. It's very violent."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Rudy Giuliani and his alleged mistress praise hydroxychloroquine on his ‘sad’ radio show ‘that no one listens to’

Published

on

This Monday, Rudy Giuliani interviewed a woman alleged to be his mistress where they praised the benefits of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.

During the interview on Giuliani's Uncovering the Truth program, Giuliani repeatedly referred to Maria Ryan, the CEO of a small New Hampshire hospital, as "doctor." Ryan was accused by Giuliani’s third wife of having an affair throughout their marriage. Giuliani has denied the affair.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image