Passengers on a Winnipeg Transit bus this morning were shocked when their driver suddenly pulled over on Portage Avenue, hopped off the bus and handed his shoes to a stranger on the street.
"Honestly, I was left speechless," said passenger Denise Campbell. "He was basically at the corner of Portage and Main when he stopped. I was thinking, ‘Oh no, there’s a problem or maybe he’s waiting for someone who’s running to catch the bus.’ Then he stepped off."
"He says, ‘Hey buddy.’ He’s chatting with the fellow. They’re about the same age. I thought he knew him. All of a sudden, the driver takes his shoes off. He hands them to the man. He gets back on the bus. He has no shoes on. He’s just got his socks on."
It was about 7:40 a.m. Campbell usually rides either the 24 or 25 from her home in Unicity to her downtown job. She’s seen the driver, a man in his mid-twenties, before. She described him as "very polite."
Campbell says another passenger approached the driver and asked him why he did it.
"He said, ‘I just saw him walking and thought, ‘Hey, I could do something’."
The city wouldn’t provide the driver’s name. Dave Wardrop, the director of Winnipeg Transit issued a written statement.
"We have all been struck by the generosity and kindness of this Winnipeg Transit Bus Operator," it read. "It serves as a reminder of the compassion and commitment demonstrated by City of Winnipeg employees throughout the community on a daily basis."