Friday 4 December, 2020

Punished litterbug holds up bus

Officers watching as he cleans up the glass and drops it in the nearby garbage bin.

Officers watching as he cleans up the glass and drops it in the nearby garbage bin.

Commuters on the 9:30 pm Sam Lord's Castle bus last night, had an extra five minutes added to their journey.

In Oistins, Christ Church, when the Transport Board bus stopped at the bus shelter opposite the bustling Oistins Bay Gardens, a loud 'plax' erupted. 

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Quickly a police Sargeant knocked on the side of the bus which was pulling away from the bus stop. No sooner had the driver complied and opened the back door of the bus than the senior officer flew up the steps and asked sternly "Who threw that bottle out the window?"

Staring at the silent passengers in the packed bus with little standing room available, he repeated the question and waited. A pregnant pause ensued. Then a man with locs responded that it was him. 

Upset and annoyed, the officer asked the man why he did that because the bottle landed and smashed into pieces on the sidewalk next to persons awaiting other buses. The man said he was sorry. But that was not the end. The officer ordered him off the bus to pick up the glass shards and clear the walkway, but he stammered, "You gine tell de bus wait fuh me?" Before he was done speaking, the senior officer harshly said, "Or you want me carry you to Oistins police station?"

Anxious, the man peeped out the bus door and asked the officer again if he will stop the bus because he has to get home. The officer made no move to abide by his request. The litterbug disembarked and ran to the front door of the bus where he asked the driver to wait.

Quickly he followed the officer's direction to dispose of the glass. He picked up pieces tossed them in the garbage. Then swept the tinier pieces off the sidewalk with the side of his shoe.

By then numerous eyes were watching the scene as it unfolded. Two other officers were on site as well.

Completing the task in next to no time, the man boarded the bus through the same back door he had disembarked through, and the driver continued along the route.

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