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‘You’re Short, Fat, and White’: Bus Driver Not Fired After Video Catches Her Rebuking Passenger Who Complained About the Air Conditioning

Posted by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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‘You’re Short, Fat, and White’: Bus Driver Not Fired After Video Catches Her Rebuking Passenger Who Complained About the Air Conditioning

A bus driver still has her job today after she called a passenger who complained about the vehicle’s temperature “short, fat, and white” as she was walking away. While the driver wasn’t fired, she was allegedly disciplined and given a new route, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The incident was caught on a surveillance video camera positioned behind the female bus driver’s seat at a stop in Waukesha, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee.

Youre Short, Fat, and White: Bus Driver Not Fired After Video Catches Her Rebuking Passenger in Waukesha, Wis.

(Credit: Surveillance video via YouTube)

The passenger reportedly asked the driver twice to turn off the bus air conditioning on Aug. 23, and the driver allegedly refused. As the passenger exits the bus, video captures the driver saying, “‘You’re short, fat and white. Don’t talk to me like that.”

Melinda Slick of Waukesha said she’s afraid to ride the bus for fear that the female driver who rebuked her will be behind the wheel.

“I instantly started crying,” Slick said. “I have battled with my weight my whole entire life and I have been bullied for it.”

(Slick spoke to the Waukesha Freeman newspaper. A paywall prevents linking the article, but her quote can be found at this site preview page.)

Youre Short, Fat, and White: Bus Driver Not Fired After Video Catches Her Rebuking Passenger in Waukesha, Wis.

(Credit: Screen grab from Waukesha Freeman)

Valerie Michael, director of corporation communication for Veolia Transportation, which oversees the city’s bus drivers, told the Freeman that they “addressed the issue” and “handled it appropriately” but wouldn’t specify how the driver was disciplined beyond receiving a new route, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

However, all the bus drivers are getting some classroom time: “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 last Friday.

The Journal-Sentinel says that while the driver’s race isn’t disclosed, in a video now posted to YouTube “she appears to be African-American.”

Here’s the clip courtesy of the bus surveillance camera:




by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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Although this is a rude racist comment, I think they will not call this racist, because the bus driver is black and the woman was white - and everyone knows it is absolutely impossible for a black person to be racist,  even when they are racist, because blacks were slaves until 150 years ago, have a 73% birth rate without a father in the home, and the Democratic Party continue to be the party of racists. And besides, the white woman deserved to be insulted, because she is WHITE, damn her to hell, and many generations of white Democrats murdered black Republicans. That was OK because they were only Republicans.

Peppy11
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:10 AM
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She should have lost her job. 

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:11 AM
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This is getting so old.


Peppy11
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 1:18 AM
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Seriously, in ANY customer service profession, if an employee even went so far as to call a customer FAT, they should be fired.  The racial comment inflamed it even more, but the main issue here is that she was mean and insulting to the customer.  She should be fired.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Quoting -Celestial-:

This is getting so old.


So are you saying what this bus driver said was ok? How is it any different for a black person to be hateful and mean but when a white person does it they are a hateful racist? It's wrong from all races and should be called out the same on both sides.
.OceanBlue.
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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I really don't care what race either person was.  What the driver said to the passenger was wrong.  If a white person said the same to a black person (saying "you're black" instead of "you're white"), I would still find it disgusting.  Why must people be so mean?  

mstricey
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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From the looks of the video there were things said before the lady said what she did. She said "i heard what you said". Still doesn't make it right to throw insults around, especially since she was on the clock.
MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM
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I absolutely despise racism.

I cant control what another person does or says.Yet I can be the bigger better person and not use derogatory words and not instigate racial divide.

I like to focus on keeping the peace and unity of the races.This is a wonderful article about a young soccer player that was adopted by an Italian family.

I can relate to him because my dad is white and adopted me.My husband is Italian.I believe people can get along...I am living proof.

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2012/jul/01/profile-mario-balotelli

jcrew6
by Jenney on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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Racist Bus Driver keeps job.  Disgusting. 

JanuaryBaby06
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Quoting mstricey:

From the looks of the video there were things said before the lady said what she did. She said "i heard what you said". Still doesn't make it right to throw insults around, especially since she was on the clock.

I caught that too.... I can't help but wonder what the passengar might have said to get such a reaction.
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