A tin of paint? Not on my bus!

PUBLISHED: 16:50 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

A SHOCKED pensioner was not allowed on a bus after she was told a sealed tin of paint she was carrying was a risk to other passengers.

A SHOCKED pensioner was not allowed on a bus after she was told a sealed tin of paint she was carrying was 'a risk' to other passengers.

Dumfounded Joyce Thompson, 70, of Foxbury Drive, Orpington, bought the paint from Sidcup B&Q to redecorate her hall and tried to board the 51 bus to take her home.

But an unsympathetic bus driver told her she wasn't allowed to board her bus last Wednesday afternoon and drove off leaving the retired grandmother at the bus-stop.

Mrs Thompson said: "I was flabbergasted. I told her it was a brand new pot of paint but she said it was a risk. I could understand if it had been old tin or it had been flammable but it was matt paint which isn't. She didn't show any sympathy and when I said 'well how am I going to get it home?' she just shrugged her shoulders. She didn't care.

"It flummoxed me. I'm 70 but I don't consider myself a frail old lady but what if I had been? I mean, how are you supposed to get paint home if you don't have a car?

"It was a big tin of paint and I could only just about carry it. I was considering taking it back."

Luckily, as Mrs Thompson was deciding out how to get her paint home, another bus came along and she got on with no bother.

Mrs Thompson said: " There are so many things that are more harmful like bleach which is far more likely to spill."

A Transport for London spokesperson said: "The Public Service Vehicle Regulations allow drivers to refuse passage to anyone carrying articles which might be a safety hazard or could damage the vehicle or other passengers' property.

"As paint is flammable and can cause considerable damage if spilled. We ask anyone carrying it on our services minimise the risk of spillage by placing paint cans inside another bag or container so the bus driver is confident there is not an unnecessary risk to the vehicle or other passengers.

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