Bus driver praised after paying for cab for stranded schoolgirl

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A kind-hearted bus driver has been praised after stopping to call a cab for a distressed girl who was running late for high school.

The girl was at a bus stop in Bramley, Leeds, on Tuesday morning when the driver stopped to check if the visibly upset girl standing alone was ok. 

He then arranged for a taxi to pick her up at a nearby Tesco, walked her there and gave her the £5 fare. 

Promising the schoolgirl she would get to school on time, the actions of the driver of the no. 16 bus service meant a delay for passengers of ten minutes, but they didn’t seem to mind.  

Lynsey Jayes, who said she was on the bus at the time, wrote on Facebook: “This bus driver on the Number 16 this morning deserves a huge pat on the back,” Ms Jayes wrote on Facebook.

“A young girl waiting for the bus at the wrong side of the road and was upset she would be late for her first day at high school.

“The driver not only phoned her a taxi, he walked her to Tesco and he paid for it… now that is a reason I don’t mind my bus running late for.”

She added: “And it started out as such a normal day. He deserves all the thanks in the world!

“And he was so modest too.. like it was just an average thing to do!”

His actions have been praised, with one person posting: “Faith in humanity is restored with people like this guy around. Well done mate, whoever you are, what a gentleman.”

A First West Yorkshire spokesman said: “We are delighted with the actions of our driver, who has shown exceptional customer awareness and consideration for this young girl, who was clearly very upset.

“First West Yorkshire is grateful to Lynsey Jayes for highlighting our driver’s actions and to the many customers and other members of the public for their kind comments.”

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