Mum-to-be in bus row

Shaun Wright
Shaun Wright
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A heavily-pregnant woman was booted off a bus by a driver and made to wait in the pouring rain – because she was carrying tins of paint.

Jessica Birks – who at 38 weeks pregnant could give birth any day – said she was left humiliated when a ‘rude’ bus driver told her she couldn’t travel because the sealed paint tins she was carrying could leak.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said the 20-year-old, who was travelling from St Mary’s Gate in Chesterfield to her home on Stephenson Place, Holmgate.

“I asked him how I was supposed to get home and he said ‘not my problem’ and told me to get off.

“He said I shouldn’t bother trying to get on another bus either, because he would ring the other drivers and tell them not to let me on.

“It was completely embarrassing.”

Jessica said she had no choice but to walk back to Wilkinsons to return the paint and go back to catch the bus.

Sue Hayes, operations director at Stagecoach in Chesterfield, the company that provides the 51 service, said they were aware of the incident.

She added: “All luggage is carried on our buses at the discretion of our drivers, as they are responsible for the health and safety of their passengers.

“It would appear that on this occasion our driver may have been over-cautious in his approach as our Conditions of Carriage allow for paint to be carried in original and properly sealed containers of five litres or less.

“We have contacted the customer directly regarding the incident and have apologised for any inconvenience caused.”