Stabbed Ga. bus driver suspended for not following rules

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 7:31 AM
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KENNESAW, Ga. — A bus driver who was stabbed in the face with a pen while trying to resolve a dispute with a passenger has been suspended, authorities say.

The driver was suspended with pay for not following protocol on the Cobb County Transit bus, Cobb County spokeswoman AikWah Leow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“The operator should have called dispatch for assistance and not confronted the passenger,” Cobb County Transit Director Rebecca Gutowsky told the Marietta Daily Journal.

Police say the driver went to the back of the bus to keep a quarrel from escalating in Kennesaw on Monday, and a female passenger grabbed a pen from the driver’s pocket and stabbed him several times in the face.

He was suspended by Lombard, Ill.-based Veolia Transportation, which provides drivers for the system, authorities said.

The company was still investigating, Veolia spokeswoman Valerie Michael told The Associated Press Thursday morning. She wasn’t able to discuss details because it’s a personnel matter.

“We have not completed our investigation so there are still some things that are up in the air,” Michael said.

“The bus driver is doing fine,” she said.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/23/12 - 07:45 am
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The bus driver is doing

The bus driver is doing "fine" - except he is made out to be the villain in this case - being suspended - and that should not bother him! :(
BUT if he were to call dispatch for assistance he would have probably been suspended as it was only a "minor incident"? I wonder -

FLgirl
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FLgirl 02/23/12 - 08:53 am
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And THIS is why people will

And THIS is why people will no longer try to help anyone.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/23/12 - 09:09 am
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Or by avoiding direct

Or by avoiding direct involvement, the driver could have had a death on their conscience. Kinda like "pick your poison" no? Difficult to expect someone who was hired to operate a machine to seperate their natural instincts and follow protocol in a heated and volatile situation. I don't know the whole story, but that's what it sounds like the operating company expected of the bus driver.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 02/23/12 - 09:25 am
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This is in the same league as

This is in the same league as convenience store clerks who fight for their lives. Some clown in a high rise security building decided he should be let go because he didn't let the security apparatchiks handle the incident. That's what executives do; it's good enough for them!

urright
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urright 02/23/12 - 12:02 pm
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He's suspended with pay.

He's suspended with pay. Sounds like a vacation to me! The powers that be are doing that to protect themselves from litigation by the driver, I bet.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/23/12 - 12:32 pm
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Violated company policy:

Violated company policy: should be suspension without pay. Hope he is OK from the stab wounds.

scgator
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scgator 02/23/12 - 12:58 pm
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I would believe the bus

I would believe the bus driver has a good case here; according to DOT regulations (Federal trumps State everytime), the driver is soley responsible for the safety and actions of his "load" while operating the vehicle in order to maintain the safety of both the load and the vehicle; All the state is trying to do here is make the driver the scape goat so they can't be used by the passenger. In EVERY company HR department that is their unwritten guideline............go with what will give you the smallest potential for lawsuit and settlement. They KNOW the driver will not be able to sustain a long drawn out lawsuit, therefore they do not deem him as a threat.

REMEMBER: ACCORDING TO FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAW, THE DRIVER MUST REACT TO POTENTIAL SAFETY ISSUES IRREGARDLESS OF ANY IN-PLACE COMPANY GUIDELINES OR POLICIES. IF THE DRIVER DOES NOT RESPOND ACCORDINGLY HIS CDL WILL BE REVOKED, THUS ENDING HIS ABILITY TO MAKE A LIVING.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/23/12 - 03:32 pm
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Excellent post scqator with

Excellent post scqator with caps to really bring it home. The little thumb-up utiility isn't working for me at this moment so i had to verbalize it.

scgator
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scgator 02/23/12 - 04:12 pm
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Thanks DP, part of my work

Thanks DP, part of my work career was spent in mid level management, and I know how the "uppercrust" prefers to treat its workforce. I had an employee injured once in a work accident; the company laid him off and he sued them because of it. The company lawyers drug it out until the man was broke and lost his house...........One day I got a call from his lawyer asking me if I remembered the incident; Not only do I remember it, I have documentation in my "personal CYA" files at home. Needless to say, when I simply showed up for court, the company lawyers "decided" to settle out of court for damages and full restitution. But, look what the poor employee had to go through for almost two years to get what was rightfully his.

Respectfully
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Respectfully 02/23/12 - 05:48 pm
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We have even had employer

We have even had employer cases dismissed when hurt at work (professional dress up jobs) and the shoe style blamed. Yet it is the same people who put out a "dress code" that says no tennis shoes or casual wear allowed.

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