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Bus driver in Martha’s Vineyard fired after telling stranded passenger he wasn’t picked up ‘because you are black’

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VTA buses in Vineyard Haven, near the Steamship Authority wharf.

The Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority says the exchange was caught on video Wednesday afternoon.
Transit officials say the bus was traveling from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs when the driver passed the person. The bus was at capacity, but officials say the driver had failed to switch on the marquee indicating it was full.
The man took an Uber to Oak Bluffs, where he caught up with the bus and questioned the driver about why he was passed by.
At first, the driver said the bus was full. But when pressed, the driver said, “it’s because you are black.”
The transit authority says it has “zero tolerance” for that type of behavior.

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