SEATTLE (TheBlaze/AP) — Metro Transit in Seattle has apologized but says it won’t discipline the driver who asked a woman with a baby to get off a bus because of a stinky diaper.
Metro told KOMO the driver did not violate policy when she acted for the comfort of other passengers.
An apology is not enough for the mother, Nichole Hakimian, who threatens to sue.
Here’s how the exchange went according to Hakimian:
“I said, ‘He has diarrhea. I’m on my way to a doctor’s appointment for him. She said, ‘I’m sorry. It’s unbearable. You need to get off the bus,”‘ she said.
Hakimian said the driver insisted she get off even when she told the driver she only had two more stops to go.
“She said, ‘Well, I’m sorry. It’s just unbearable. You need to get off the bus,'” she said. “Nobody (else) on the bus was complaining at all.”
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Hakimian says she found a place to change the baby and caught another bus to the clinic where her son was diagnosed with a stomach bug.
Metro says the driver is a nine-year employee with an excellent record.
“This is a very unique situation. Our goal is always to balance the comfort of all of our riders with providing good customer service. The driver didn’t violate Metro policy – she felt she had to advocate for her passengers by politely and apologetically asking the woman to exit the bus,” Metro said in a statement.
On Thursday, KOMO reported Hakimian saying she felt discriminated against and bullied in the incident.
“[…] it made me feel like crap. It really did,” Hakimian told KOMO.