Bus driver fired for punching passenger with a bicycle

Bus driver fired for punching passenger with a bicycle

A screenshot from the  video clip shows the bus driver attacking a foreign passenger who had boarded the bus with a bicycle, in Muang district of Chiang Mai on Saturday. (Screenshot from the page of Facebook user Yodsaphon Thikham)
A screenshot from the video clip shows the bus driver attacking a foreign passenger who had boarded the bus with a bicycle, in Muang district of Chiang Mai on Saturday. (Screenshot from the page of Facebook user Yodsaphon Thikham)

CHIANG MAI: A local bus driver has been sacked for assaulting a foreigner who had boarded his bus carrying a bicycle on Saturday. His employer blamed the incident on a "miscommunication".

RTC Chiang Mai City Bus Co announced the driver's dismissal on its Facebook page on Monday night, after a video clip on social media showed the man attacking a foreign passenger.

The company said the incident happened near Tha Phae gate, in Muang district, on Saturday.

"The employee attacked a customer because of a misunderstanding, a miscommunication," the company statement said.

Upon learning of the incident, the management had suspended the driver immediately and called him in for questioning.

It later took to the driver to a police station and he was fined, the announcement said. He was also  sacked.

The company contacted the passenger who was attacked and apologised to him. The foreigner agreed the matter was concluded.

The video clip was posted on the page of Facebook user Yodsaphon Thikham on Saturday. It showed the driver had stopped the bus in the middle of the road. He was seen hitting the passenger, who appeared to be having problems with his bicycle. There was no information on the reason for the assault.


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