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Outcry over racist bus driver’s rants
9:10am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A THAMESDOWN bus driver is being investigated for using racist and offensive language about passengers in a series of posts he wrote on a social media site.
Thamesdown Transport has launched the investigation after the wall posts, which appeared on Facebook over the last two years, were highlighted to the company.
Paul Maguire, of Swindon, made jokes about black people and also posted a photograph of an outfit similar to one a Klu Klux Klan member would wear.
He also wrote a post complaining about people who used English National Concessionary Travel Scheme cards, which provide free travel to disabled people.
One route is referred to as the ‘Jeremy Kyle Express.’ A spokesman for Thamesdown said: “We can confirm we are currently investigating the public behaviour of one of our employees on social media and should we find that this has breached our company policies, disciplinary action will be taken. We cannot comment further at this time.”
It is understood Mr Maguire covers a number of bus routes around the town.
“I don’t think he should be allowed to drive a public vehicle,” he said Coun Baker.
Marilyn Beale, the secretary for the Penhill Forum said she was pleased the incident was being investigated.
“It’s just silliness, it’s like all sorts of bullying online it’s best to be ignored and dealt with in other areas,” said Mrs Beale.
“There is no point defending yourself against comments like that because there is nothing to say back to that sort of thing.”
Keith Ginger, who works at the Penhill Library said: “I don’t think the comments are true at all. There is a real sense of community here. It’s a lovely place to live.”
A concerned resident, who asked not to be named, said: “He is just ignorant. The majority of people living in Penhill work, just like him. He is clearly racist and is hugely offensive and I question whether he should be allowed to drive the bus.”
The Adver attempted to contact Mr Maguire but was unable to get a response by the time the paper went to print.