THE EDITOR, Sir:
Please permit me to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to a very kind and courteous Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver. I'm sorry it took so long to highlight this act of kindness.
In 2008, I was on Orange Street, downtown Kingston, in the vicinity of the old Jamaica Public Service Company building. A white JUTC bus packed with passengers pulled up at the bus stop.
I entered the bus and paid my fare. The driver said, "Can someone give this babymother a seat, please?" I was in an advanced state of pregnancy with a large belly. No one responded to the driver's request. One man went so far as to tell a schoolboy not to get up.
The driver's subsequent action took me by surprise, just to know that we still have caring men in our society. The driver got up from around the steering wheel, stepped outside, stood on the sidewalk and declared, "When someone give the babymother a seat, I will get back in the bus."
Some callous passengers started cursing that they wanted to go about their business. Throughout all this, the driver stood his ground.
Finally, a female got up and gave me a seat, prompting the driver to return to the wheel.
Mr Driver, I hope you are still working with JUTC. I'm sorry I didn't get your name to let the world know who you are. We need more men like you in our society.
Crescent Road, Kencot