By Helen Le Caplain
A foul-mouthed Frenchman was caught on camera going ballistic at a bus driver he claimed pulled out in front him – leaving his driver son crying with laughter.
Jean Jacques Cuvelier became so enraged when a First Bus allegedly nipped in the lane ahead of son Johnathan Cuvelier’s car that he forgot the English for ‘beep your horn’ and instead yelled ‘boop! boop!’ while pumping the air with his hands.
The outraged conference night manager then insisted Johnathan draw alongside the bus while he frantically rolled the window down shouting at the driver to watch where he was going, while Johnathan silently shook with laughter.
Jean Jacques then casually wound the window back up and placed his hands in his lap and shot Johnathan a puzzled look saying ‘I don’t think it’s funny’.
It was only when Johnathan dissolved into fits of laughter and even started to CRY as he drove along that Jean Jacques saw the funny side and started giggling too.
The footage, filmed in 2015, was only uploaded to Facebook earlier this month and quickly went viral racking up more than 700,000 views and 10,000 comments in just a few days.
Photographer Johnathan from Leicester, East Midlands, said: “We were just driving round town back from the petrol station after picking a few bits up when a bus cut us up and he just freaked out.
“First someone crossing the road when he thought they should have waited set him off, he was a bit angry about that, but then the bus cut us up.
“When that happened he just shouted ‘boop boop!’ which was the funniest thing as it was so outrageous, but it didn’t surprise me.
“He told me afterwards that he couldn’t remember the word for the horn so that’s why he went ‘boop boop!'”
Johnathan, 27, captured the hilarious footage with his GoPro which he had set up in his 16-year-old Ford Fiesta to film in-car videos while out and about.
Johnathan said: “I got a GoPro in 2014 and just had this idea of doing car videos to capture what I was doing and where I was going.
“None of it is scripted I just set it up and see what happens – on that occasion it was the funniest thing.
“Dad does get a little bit riled up now and again in the car –he’s quite vocal.
“He banged his hand on the car when shouted at the pedestrian, but he was oblivious to the whole thing.
“Then when the bus pulled out all of a sudden without indicating he went mad.
“My car’s quite old, it doesn’t have power steering or electric windows, so Dad had to wind the window down very quickly before he could say what he wanted to.
“I’d lost it by then as I was still reeling from ‘boop boop’ – that was the thing that really stuck in my mind. The video shows me just dying with laughter.
“The bus driver just looked at him as I drove off laughing.
“We are like two peas in a pod in every way but I’m just cool as a cucumber – unlike him.”
Jean Jacques said he didn’t realise his outburst had been captured until a laughing Johnathan played it back to him when they got home.
Jean Jacques, 59, said: “I knew the camera was there but didn’t think it was filming at the time.
“The pedestrian came across as we were turning instead of waiting at the side, I just thought ‘for goodness sake’. I hit the window and hurt myself.
“By the time it came to the bus I meant to say ‘beep your horn’ but I couldn’t say the word so I just said ‘boop’.”
The dad of one, originally from Lille in northern France, said he was trying to give advice to his son who was a fairly new driver at the time, but instead found himself instinctively reacting to events on the road.
Jean Jacques said: “The bus driver just took over in front of my son. We were coming along and instead of letting us go by he pulled out.
“I wanted to give Johnathan some driving advice but it didn’t work out.
“The driver saw my outburst but just looked me up and down. He was so high up in the bus and I was so small in the car – but I felt better for doing it.
“I still find the video very funny, I laugh at my son’s reactions.
“The reaction online so far has been all positive – life is for living – you just have to enjoy yourself.”
First Bus declined to comment.