A woman conductor threw out a British Asian Teenage girl, for wearing too much make up, to have a child’s ticket, the report says.
The woman named Zahra Sadiq was on a National Express bus in Birmingham, England, last week. She was told by the conductor, that she does not look as 15 years old, and so her ticket was not valid.
Zahra Sadiq, from Birmingham, West Midlands, said, “When the conductor checked my ticket I showed her and never dreamed there would be a problem. She asked how old I was and I told her, then she asked me to get off the bus.”
"The conductor just refused to believe I'm only 15. She said, 'look at the state of you, with all that make-up and contour - you're not 15'.”
On December 22nd, the girl was on her way to watch a film with friends, but had to complete her journey on foot and was also slapped with a fine of 35 pounds.
"I'm only 15 and I was all alone in the middle of nowhere, it was quite scary," she said.
Opining that, she has been left feeling completely victimized, Sadiq said, “She said to me, 'have you ever been kicked off a bus before?' and I said no, but my tickets have been checked before.”
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“She asked if I had my birth certificate or passport, but of course I didn't - who carries that around with them? She said, 'for future reference, take a picture of your passport and keep it on your phone to show people”.
"I said 'I'm not wearing a lot of make-up' and she said 'your whole face is contoured and you're very made-up'," she added.
"Sometimes I do wear make-up, and might look older than I am - but even if I was that's irrelevant. I only had a bit of bronzer on and some nude lipstick, I think I looked my age," she added.
The woman was travelling on the 14 Number bus from Stechford Retail Park, towards Birmingham city centre, and was forced to get down the bus, when it stopped at Saltley Gate area of the city in the West Midlands region of England.
Naveed Sadiq, the woman’s uncle, who could not take this, called up National Express to complain over the incident, but is yet to receive a proper explanation.
Speaking on the issue, the woman’s uncle said, “The whole experience has completely shaken Zahra up, she has been made to feel like a criminal. Her destination was another four miles from where she was thrown off, and she had to continue by foot and got harassed in the process.”
“I rang National Express but they refused to talk to me about it - first of all someone hung up on me, and then after several further attempts I was told she should have been carrying a passport as a form of ID,” he said.
A National Express West Midlands spokesperson said: "We are currently investigating a report of a young girl being removed from our 14 service."
By Phani Ch