“Never try and pay for a bus ticket with a note”. That’s the advice being given by Ulsterbus today following an incident which saw a passenger thrown off a moving bus for trying to pay his fare with a £10 note.
Ian Rooney, a bus driver for many years, ‘snapped’ when 15 year old Liam O’Hanlon tried to pay for a £2.10p single from Newry to Warrenpoint using a ten pound note.
An Ulsterbus spokesman told Newry Spud:
“Everybody knows that bus drivers hate two things: Kids and paper money. This kid was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ian was short on patience and change, and when this tenner was waved in his face he finally snapped.”
We spoke with Mr Rooney at a party his fellow bus drivers threw for him and he said:
“Spare change is like gold dust in this game baah. When you’re paying with a note, expect a pissed off response.
Passengers in future should abide by the bus man’s code: “If its a coin then join, if its paper see ya later”.