By Chris Adams
A time-strapped London bus driver stunned passengers when he pulled over and hopped off in the middle of a journey – so he could pop into a supermarket and buy some ORANGES.
Commuters on board the Go-Ahead service were left waiting while the driver ran into the fruit and veg store in Streatham, south London, to pick up his groceries.
One traveller, landscaper Simon Casha, filmed the cheeky operator as he scrambled back into the driving seat and continued with the journey.
The driver can be seen clearly emerging from the shop with a bundle of oranges in his hand as confused customers look on patiently.
Simon, 27, said: “It was all a bit bizarre. Everyone was looking at each other funny as if to say: ‘Has he really just done that?’.
“I guess some things are too important to wait. At least he didn’t do his whole weekly shop.
“I was travelling home after work and there were probably between 10 and 15 people on the bus travelling towards south London.
“He actually stopped to let people off first and then he got off with them. He was browsing the oranges on the outdoor stall and then went inside to pay for them.
“I think he came out with about three or four and then got back in his little area at the front and carried on driving as if it was the more normal thing in the world.
“There was no announcement or anything. He didn’t tell anyone he was going to do it. He just got on with it.”
The wacky incident happened on at around 3.30pm last Thursday [February 9] as the bus passed through Streatham High Road.
Quick-thinking Simon took the short 10-second clip as the driver emerged from the shot doorway, and also snapped him beforehand searching for the ripest fruits.
Simon said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I get that bus pretty often but this was a new one on me.
“When he got up I thought: “Where’s he going?” I was only halfway home. I think everyone else was thinking the same thing.
“In all fairness, he was gone for less than a minute so it’s not as if the journey was massively disrupted. Nobody complained to him anyway.
“There were a few heads turned and people wondering how long we might be left there but this guy clearly needed his oranges.
“I’ve no idea if it’s allowed but I thought it was funny more than anything. It certainly livened up the journey home from work.”
Tony Akers, Transport for London’s head of bus operations, said: “We’re investigating this footage with the bus operator, Go-Ahead.”
Go-Ahead London were contacted for comment but failed to respond.