Bus driver fined for quarrel with girlfriend while working

Bus driver fined for quarrel with girlfriend while working

Anuchit Namsri is fined 10,000 baht by the Land Transport Office in Khon Kaen on Thursday for a quarrel with his girlfriend while he was supposed to be behind the wheel. (Photo by Chakrapan Nathanri)
Anuchit Namsri is fined 10,000 baht by the Land Transport Office in Khon Kaen on Thursday for a quarrel with his girlfriend while he was supposed to be behind the wheel. (Photo by Chakrapan Nathanri)

KHON KAEN: A bus driver has been fined 10,000 baht for leaving his seat to have a few words with his argumentative girlfriend, much to the consternation of his passengers.

The Land Transport Office in Khon Kaen on Wednesday slapped the 10,000 baht fine on Anuchit Namsri.

Thatwatchai Wiriyajit, a provincial land transport official, said the driver was fined 5,000 baht for careless driving and another 5,000 for inappropriate behaviour.

The penalty was imposed after a video clip posted on Facebook by Supatta Sansoem on April 26 showed the driver leaving his seat to talk to a quarrelsome woman whose name was not disclosed.

The incident occurred a bus going from Khon Kaen to Loei.

"Do not mix personal matters with your duty. People on the bus depend on you to take them to their  destinations," Ms Supatta wrote on the social media. (continues)

(Video from Supatta Sansoem Facebook account)

The video clip showed a woman passenger saying she wanted to get off the bus after seeing and hearing  the two exchanging words.

The driver said on Wednesday he had left his seat behind the wheel only after stopping to allow passengers to alight at a bus stop in Chumphae district of Khon Kaen.

Khon Kaen Muang Loei Co, which owns and operates the bus, suspended him from work for 15 days after the video clip was posted, according to Ms Thatwatchai.



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