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Goths discriminated against by bus firm

Posted by That Other Mike on 23/01/2008

Normally I would find the idea of Yorkshire Goths very amusing, and Yorkshire Goths on the bus would be the pinnacle of funny… but it seems clear that the motivation for this is prejudice against their lifestyle, hence serious face:

Yorkshire Goths

Dog leash goths ‘hounded off bus’

A goth who leads his girlfriend around with a dog lead and collar was stopped from getting on a bus amid fears for passenger safety, a bus firm confirmed.

Dani Graves, 25, and his fiancee Tasha Maltby, 19, of Dewsbury, West Yorks, claim they have been discriminated against by bus firm Arriva Yorkshire.

The black-clad couple said they had been told to leave one bus and prevented from boarding another.

The bus firm said safety came first, but it was investigating the complaint.

Bus operator Arriva claimed other passengers could be put at risk if the bus braked sharply.

Operations director for Arriva Yorkshire, Paul Adcock, said: “Arriva takes any allegation of discrimination very seriously and have interviewed the driver regarding Mr Graves’ claims.

“Our primary concern is passenger safety and while the couple are very welcome to travel on our buses, we are asking that Miss Maltby remove her dog lead before boarding the bus.

“It could be dangerous for the couple and other passengers if a driver had to brake sharply while Miss Maltby was wearing the lead.”

The company said it was writing to Mr Graves “to apologise for any distress caused by the way this matter was handled”.

Story via BBC News.

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