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Hungry RTC bus driver suspended after kicking passenger off bus, caught eating while driving

Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 21:17:32-04

A Las Vegas bus driver has been suspended after video showed her eating while driving and allegedly kicking a passenger off the bus for complaining she was late.

Geni Medina says she was trying to get home after doing some shopping Thursday morning when the trouble started at the stop near Bonanza Road and Nellis Boulevard. 

"Right as I got on, I repeated the numbers because it was loud and that's when the bus driver told me to get off," said Medina.

Medina was on the phone with the Regional Transportation Commission's complaint line at the time she boarded the bus, she claims.

Medina was upset that her initial bus, scheduled to arrive at 8:55 a.m. did not show up, she said.

Moments later, Medina says things got heated with a fellow passenger and the bus driver.

"The man behind me started getting really vulgar and screaming at me and intimidating me and I felt threatened," said Medina.

Medina whipped out her phone and began to record the situation.

Bus Driver: "I'm late and that's why I'm kicking you off the bus and now you have a camera in my face which is a federal offense."
Medina: "Ok, i'm getting off the bus, have a good day!"

The Regional Transportation Commission released the following statement:

On Thursday, Oct. 4, a bus driver on Route 208 (Washington) was identified to be eating while passengers were boarding the vehicle. It is the policy of the transit contractor, MV Transportation, that drivers do not eat during service operations. The driver in question, employed by MV Transportation, has been suspended pending their investigation of the incident.

Regarding the passenger's complaints about the bus being late, we make every effort to operate all routes on time. However, due to heavy traffic and road construction, delays are sometimes inevitable, as was the case in this situation. The RTC and MV Transportation are committed to providing safe and reliable transit service for our customers and will continue to look into this matter.

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