Teen abuses passenger on city bus

Grandmother traumatised by aggression over pram.

Grandmother traumatised by aggression over pram.

A 67-year-old Gisborne grandmother says she was abused and threatened on a Gisborne bus after her granddaughter’s pram accidentally rolled into another passenger’s leg.

She does not want to be named but said it was a “traumatic” experience. She said the abuser needs to be addressed.

It was the first time she had babysat her 18-month-old grandchild. After an “amazing day” strolling along the Gisborne waterfront, they boarded a Gisborne Go Bus for the ride home.

“The driver lowered the bus for us, we went in and I parked the stroller in the area meant for prams. There was a teenage girl already sitting in those seats and her first reaction to me was, ‘first in, first served’.”

The woman said she sat behind the girl, as she wanted to keep an eye on her belongings in the bottom of the pram. She forgot to lock the pram’s wheels and, as the bus went around a corner, the pram rolled and hit the teenager on the leg. The teen then directed a torrent of abuse at her and her young grandchild.

“She turned around to us and said, ‘your f****n pram’. I said, ‘Well move’ — and then it really started. She was saying, ‘You’re ugly, it’s an ugly pram, ugly baby and I’ll smash you’.

“We were going for it. I wasn’t going to put up with that. It was very threatening. It’s just a totally different world we live in now, where so many young people seem to be missing basic guidelines.

“It really shows in Gisborne with our youth, especially our girls. We have got to talk to our youth and listen to them. This young girl had total disregard for a nanny and her baby.”

The woman said she wished the driver had stepped in and let the teenage girl know that those seats were designated for people with prams or walkers.

“We were the only two on the bus. The bus driver stopped and said he was going to call his boss.”

The woman said she was still distraught about the experience.

A 67-year-old Gisborne grandmother says she was abused and threatened on a Gisborne bus after her granddaughter’s pram accidentally rolled into another passenger’s leg.

She does not want to be named but said it was a “traumatic” experience. She said the abuser needs to be addressed.

It was the first time she had babysat her 18-month-old grandchild. After an “amazing day” strolling along the Gisborne waterfront, they boarded a Gisborne Go Bus for the ride home.

“The driver lowered the bus for us, we went in and I parked the stroller in the area meant for prams. There was a teenage girl already sitting in those seats and her first reaction to me was, ‘first in, first served’.”

The woman said she sat behind the girl, as she wanted to keep an eye on her belongings in the bottom of the pram. She forgot to lock the pram’s wheels and, as the bus went around a corner, the pram rolled and hit the teenager on the leg. The teen then directed a torrent of abuse at her and her young grandchild.

“She turned around to us and said, ‘your f****n pram’. I said, ‘Well move’ — and then it really started. She was saying, ‘You’re ugly, it’s an ugly pram, ugly baby and I’ll smash you’.

“We were going for it. I wasn’t going to put up with that. It was very threatening. It’s just a totally different world we live in now, where so many young people seem to be missing basic guidelines.

“It really shows in Gisborne with our youth, especially our girls. We have got to talk to our youth and listen to them. This young girl had total disregard for a nanny and her baby.”

The woman said she wished the driver had stepped in and let the teenage girl know that those seats were designated for people with prams or walkers.

“We were the only two on the bus. The bus driver stopped and said he was going to call his boss.”

The woman said she was still distraught about the experience.

Go Bus Operations Director Darryl Bellamy said the large bay for wheelchairs on the bus was also for the use of people who had prams. But people could sit wherever they want.

“In this particular case, because there were only two people on the bus the normal behaviour for someone who saw a lady hop on the bus with a pram would be to allow them to sit in that area,” he said.

“Unfortunately, this young person, whose bad behaviour may have been influenced by other factors, has made a big song and dance about it and I am disappointed.

“We do try to encourage the use of this area for prams but we cannot stop people without prams or wheelchairs sitting there.”

Mr Bellamy said ultimately Gisborne District Council ran the service and could influence how Go Bus displays the signs on these seats.

“We can look at stickers that say this area is for wheelchairs and prams. But legislatively, she could sit there.”

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