A bus driver from Edinburgh has found himself out of work after a tribunal hearing found him guilty of 'not bothering to wave' at a fellow bus driver who passed in the opposite direction.
Norman Fletcher, who had only been employed by FirstGroup's Scotland division for two months, was immediately dismissed after in-bus CCTV footage exposed him 'purposely dismissing' a wave intended for him from another driver, by pretending he "needed to check" his rear-view mirror.
'It's, like, the busman's code, man; who does he think he is exactly?', slammed now ex-colleague Dennis Murray, who had delivered the traditional wave. 'Everybody in the trade knows that if you're passing a fellow driver, you acknowledge and respect the fact that he's also a bus driver through the medium of wave. It's like a statement of solidarity that only real bus-lads understand. Norm basically took a steamy turd all over our beliefs and values'.
Now unemployed and unable to claim benefits because he was fired, Norman said: 'Listen, I'm not out to offend traditions and cause issues, I just find waving for the sake of waving quite awkward. I liked being a bus driver but I never felt the need to shout it from the rooftops. Dennis and I were on routes that met at several locations throughout the day. I can't wave at the same man twenty-five times every afternoon, it's insane'.
Norman added that he is now looking into chaufeuring work, claiming that heavily tinted windows on limos make it 'impossible' for fellow limousine drivers to ascertain whether or not he's bothering to return a wave.