A Winnipeg school bus driver caught on tape allegedly urinated from the bus onto a Transcona boulevard has been “terminated”.
A Winnipeg mom told 680 CJOB she was horrified after witnessing the driver repeatedly urinate in public.
She says she first witnessed the driver urinating from the front step of the bus onto the boulevard on January 4.
“I was quite horrified, but I just thought, OK, we’re all human. Nature calls at the best of times, so I just thought it was an isolated incident. I just thought I’d let the company know about it,” Karnafel says.
She called First Student Canada and says she got an acknowledgement it was unacceptable behaviour.
But last week, she saw it happen again on Monday. Then on Tuesday.
“I thought, OK, this definitely warrants another phone call to the company.”
She left a voicemail message for a supervisor.
But it happened again last Wednesday. And Thursday. She made another phone call.
“Thinking for sure I’m going to hear back from somebody. Nothing at all.”
It happened again last Friday. She left another message, hoping it would be addressed over the weekend.
But she saw it happen again Monday.
“I phoned the supervisor’s number and I said, ‘as we speak, your driver is urinating on the boulevard’. I said that this has been five phone calls and unfortunately other measures are going to have to be taken because you people aren’t taking me seriously.”
She caught the act on video for proof.
On Tuesday morning, First Student Canada told 680 CJOB his behaviour was completely unacceptable, that it does not condone that type of behaviour and that the driver has been “terminated”.
It says the driver was brought in, shown the video and told that his actions were inappropriate. They would not say whether or not he left on his own accord, only that he is no longer with the company.
As to why the mother’s complaints went unanswered, First Student Canada would only say that is under investigation.
The mom said she did not go to the police because she did not want to see the bus driver lose his job.
“I just wanted it stopped. I didn’t want anybody to lose their job here. I didn’t want any drastic measures taken in that sort of way. I am very disappointed in First Student Canada that nobody responded to me with even the first initial call,” she said.
She says the worst part is her children saw it happen.
“Our oldest daughter said, ‘oh, I’ve seen him do it every day this month, mom’. I was horrified to learn that… It’s not something you want your children watching or witnessing,” she said.