You read here about singer Ari Gold holding hands with his boyfriend on a Shortline bus and being told by the driver to go to the back of the vehicle because it made him uncomfortable.
When Gold refused, the driver nervily called for a state trooper, who decided nothing illegal was going on and the driver should just keep driving!
Well, because of my write-up of this mess, Short Line sent out a response earlier today:
“Dear Mr. Musto:
“I wanted get back to you regarding the incident on one of the Shortline buses. I happen to be on vacation this week but I saw your e-mail and I wanted to make sure you got a response.
“I am the president of Hudson Transit Lines, Inc. which is the company known as Shortline. I wanted to assure you and your readers that we do not condone or endorse the actions taken by this one driver. His actions are not representative of the management of our Company.
“We will continue to investigate this incident until we are sure we have all the facts at which time we will take the appropriate disciplinary and remedial action. We apologize for the insensitive action of our driver and can assure you we will take the necessary steps to make sure this does not happen again.
Hudson Transit Lines, Inc.”
Well, that’s just great, and to make sure they get all the facts — i.e., which driver was the offended (or actually, the offending) one — I will get Ari Gold to contact Grieve personally and settle this.
We can all hold hands until some disciplinary action is taken. And even after that!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 12, 2011