“Racist” Finnish Bus Driver Fired for Calling Out Somali Fare-Dodger

When a young Somali woman got on a bus in Finland, she told the driver that she had bought a ticket earlier, but her phone battery had died so she couldn’t show it. When the driver saw through her subterfuge, the Muslima asked if she could pay for the ticket now. He said, no, you lied before, get off my bus. And he recorded the whole thing on his own phone.

After the incident, the driver had the misfortune to encounter two official manifestations of Politically Correct Multiculturalism: (1) His superiors did not back up his actions, and in fact maintained that his behavior was “racist”; and (2) he learned that he was not in fact allowed to record such fare infractions — at least not when they were committed by culture-enrichers.

You’re probably not surprised to learn that the driver was later fired from his job as a result of this incident.

First, the video.

And now the report from Tundra Tabloids:

Bus driver surprised after being terminated because of social media videos: “I have been a conscientious worker”

A redundant bus driver Gleb Simanov says to Iltalehti [Helsinki tabloid] that he had intended to raise the overall problem.

Booted bus driver Gleb Simanov is surprised by the decision by his employer.

According to the employer, Simanov engaged in describing immigrant young people without tickets in an “inappropriate and racist behavior”.

Simanov was a municipal election candidate for the Finns party [anti-immigration party] and says he had intended to bring out the problems he encounters in his work.

The operator, Nobina Finland, gave notice to the driver on Thursday, who filmed people trying to board the bus without a ticket.

The ending of the work contract was justified due to an “inappropriate and racist behavior”. Young people with an immigrant background were filmed, and the video circulated in social media with racist comments.

Simanov shared the videos on Monday on a Facebook page and on Tuesday received a request from his employer by telephone that he remove the online videos .

“The employer said that by removing the videos I would be let off easier. I promised to remove the videos by Tuesday evening; I couldn’t do it during working hours while I was driving,” Simanov tells Iltalehti.

He says he acted according to the wishes of his employer and removed the video immediately on Tuesday evening.

Simanov says that he was aware that the pit area must not be filmed, but he did not remember having heard of the ban on buses. He says he had intended to work continuously with videos to show the problems they encounter in order to develop the system.

“In our work we face issues like these problems on a daily basis, and no one wants to take it seriously. I never thought that by describing it, it would harm the company,” he says.

Although the videos increased the fuss to some degree, Simanov did not expect dismissal.

“In a way, it came as a surprise, as well as to my shop steward, who was involved in the discussions. He said that at the most, I should be given a warning,” Simanov says.

Both Nobina and HSL emphasize that the terminating of the employment was generated by the transport operator, and HSL has had no role. According to Simanov the dismissal came from “pressure by HSL”.


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