Apology by Thamesdown for driver's racist Facebook posts
A THAMESDOWN bus driver has been given a final written warning for using offensive language about passengers in a series of posts he wrote on a social media site.
Thamesdown Transport has issued an apology following an investigation into wall posts, which appeared on Facebook over the last two years, made by one of their employees.
Paul Maguire made jokes about black people and also posted a photograph of an outfit similar to one a Ku Klux Klan member would wear.
He wrote a post complaining about people who used English National Concessionary Travel Scheme cards, which provide free travel to disabled people.
Other posts talk about driving the number 17 Thamesdown route passing through Penhill, and the number nine through Pinehurst, where he referred to people living there as pikeys. One route he calls the Jeremy Kyle Express.
A spokesperson for Thamesdown said: “The investigation into a staff member’s conduct on social media has been completed.
“While we do not condone or share the views expressed, and both Thames-down and the staff member involved are very sorry for any offence caused, the person in question remains an employee of Thamesdown Transport and appropriate action has been taken.”
Mr Maguire covers a number of bus routes around the town.
“They had to follow their own procedures so he has got a final warning,” said Coun Baker.
“I think it was important for someone at the bus company to issue an apology.
“I’m quite happy they have apologised as it acknowledges that mistakes were made and hopefully that will be the end of it.
“In my opinion he should have been suspended for the comments but I understand the company has to follow its procedures.
“I’m still not happy about his outbursts. He is an employee of Thames-down and so they have to take responsibly for what he said.”
He added he hoped Mr Maguire would adhere to the warning and not make any more similar comments.
“I don’t know what their rules are but you would hope if he did ever make similar comments he would get the sack. I hope they wouldn’t just brush it under the carpet, but we will have to wait and see,” he said.