Bus driver who kicked abusive passenger after being punched in the face so hard he was admitted to hospital is threatened with the SACK while violent attacker escapes
- Bus driver Alex Jeon assaulted by passenger after pulling off before man seated
- Mr Jeon pursued the passenger and kicked him, scuffle inside the bus followed
- The driver spent a night in hospital, given written warning, attacker got off bus
A bus driver has been threatened with the sack after lashing out at a passenger who punched him in the face so hard he needed to be hospitalised.
Alex Jeon was given a written warning by his employer, NZ Bus, after he was attacked by an abusive passenger furious that the bus pulled away from a stop before he sat down.
Security footage from inside the bus shows a burly masked passenger wearing a fluoro vest swearing at the driver, who tells him to ‘shut up’.
Bus driver Alex Jeon has been threatened with the sack after lashing out at a passenger who punched him in the face so hard he later needed to be hospitalised (pictured, a passenger wearing hi vis stuns the driver)
The reply sparks a brutal left hook to Mr Jeon’s face, who is stunned by the heavy blow in the video obtained by stuff.co.nz.
As the passenger walks down the aisle, the driver follows him, grabbing two handrails to steady himself then kicks the passenger with both feet.
‘Call the police somebody,’ a passenger is heard saying.
The passenger stumbles, but regains his balance then turns and rains more blows on the driver, who is knocked down.
Other passengers intervene to try and cool the situation down as both men involved in the scuffle shout at each other.
Mr Jeon pursued an unidentified man who punched him in the face, kicking his attacker, in a violent altercation recorded on the security cameras of an Auckland bus (pictured, the man in the hi vis vest and the driver, obscured, in blue, scuffle inside the bus)
The driver was given a final written warning for serious misconduct, for driving before the passengers were seated and for verbally abusing and assaulting the passenger
The violent passenger quickly hops off the bus and despite efforts made to find him by Auckland police, he was not identified or apprehended.
The driver was given a final written warning for serious misconduct.
The warning was for driving before the passengers were seated and for verbally abusing and assaulting the passenger.
Mr Jeon, who spent the night in hospital and has not yet returned to his job, intends to appeal the warning.
He was supported at a disciplinary hearing by Tramways Union president Gary Froggatt, who claimed Mr Jeon had not been trained to deal with the ‘violent unprovoked assault’.
Mr Froggatt called Mr Jeon’s warning ‘harsh and oppressive’ given the circumstances.
He noted the passenger did not lodge a complaint.
No criminal charges were laid against the driver.
The woman then pounded the driver’s protective screen (pictured), causing the perpex to shake violently inches from the man’s face
NZ Bus said in a statement that it did not comment on ’employment matters’ but noted that it ‘conducts targeted de-escalation training’ for drivers.
In Australia, the Transport Workers Union and drivers previously called for greater protection for themselves and passengers after ongoing violence and abuse towards drivers.
While some cop sprays of verbal abuse from passengers and other motorists, more bus and taxi drivers are being bashed, spat on, and even stabbed.