Bus driver fired after mooning man in front of kids
A cheeky bus driver dropped his pants and mooned a man who complained Thursday about a blocked driveway on a residential street in New Jersey.
Moments before the bus driver dropped his drawers, a homeowner on Academy Street in Belleville complained that the bus was blocking his driveway, he told WNBC.
“His response was, ‘Are you going to use the driveway?’” according to the homeowner, who doesn’t want to be identified. “I don’t see the relevance in that.”
The bus driver, however, wasn’t having it and decided to bare his backside in disgust.
“I couldn’t believe it,” the homeowner continued. “I mean, you’re a bus driver transporting children that were standing across the street when you took your pants down.”
The homeowner was identified by NorthJersey.com as Alex Gasbarro, 58, who started filming during the dispute, further aggravating the already irate bus driver, who grabbed Gasbarro’s cellphone at one point.
“He threw it at me,” Gasbarro told the website about how he got it back. “Luckily, I caught it, but there is no reason for that.”
Robert Garcia, manager of Robert Tours, a bus company taking students from St. Mary and St. Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church for a field trip, said the driver has since been fired. Garcia declined to identify him, NorthJersey.com reports.
“We took care of it by removing him because that is something we would not tolerate,” Garcia said, adding that the driver had been hired through an affiliate.
Bellevue Police Chief Mark Minichini said buses along the residential street has been an issue for at least two years, but alternate pickup sites aren’t an option due to safety concerns.
“We want it to be safe for the children to get on and off the bus,” Minichini said.
One woman who saw the driver’s anger rear its ugly head said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
“I was shocked,” said AnneMarie Pruznak, 50. “The language and the mooning, and now you’re putting little kids on the bus?”
Since Gasbarro later declined to make a formal complaint, Minichini said no arrests were made and no charges have been filed against the driver.
One priest from the church, meanwhile, said the driver wasn’t employed by his institution.
“I can’t defend this,” the Rev. Luke Istafanous said. “This is bad, but he’s not part of the church. He’s a rented driver.”
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