Transit driver dismissed after rowdy ride

Driver demonstrated cavalier attitude: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/22/2015

A late-night bus driver in British Columbia was fired after passengers on his route got rowdy.

Being a resort town, Whistler, B.C., operates under a social contract that encourages late-night partying and provides safe, after-hours passage home. This usually makes bus drivers the front-line caretakers of rambunctious passengers, often colloquially referred to as a "zoo" by transit employees.

Tim Welsman was one of the drivers for Whistler Transit assigned to a late-night route in November 2014. At one stop, one passenger sought to distract Welsman as others, many of whom were inebriated, boarded without paying. A short time later, the culprit exited the bus and his friends began to swing and hang from the hand rails.