Just days after a gay couple were asked to leave a branch of Sainsbury's in Brighton for kissing in the store, it has emerged that TFL is investigating claims one of its bus drivers ordered a man and his partner off a bus service for sharing a kiss.
Jack James, 23, told the Evening Standard he and his partner were on an 89 service near Blackheath in south-east London when the driver hurled abuse at the pair just a few weeks ago.
“We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips," said James, an event coordinator from Greenwich. “The bus driver shouted: ‘Oi, you two, don’t do that on my f**king bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that’.”
“When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us. His reply was: ‘Yes, it’s my bus, it is my rules, and I don’t want to watch that. It’s disgusting. Get off the bus.’"
James said that he got off the bus "fuming and shaking" before the driver stopped the vehicle again and shouted to the pair that they were "not real men and should f**k off.”
The alleged incident happened on 8 August at around 10.30pm.
Ken Davidson, Transport for London’s head of bus operations, said: “All customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable.
“We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted by [bus company] Go-Ahead.”