Swedish woman kicked off bus in Swedish migrant town for wearing “too little clothes”
Amid Sweden’s blistering heatwave (local media say the Scandinavian nation experienced temperatures as high as … 27 degrees Celsius, or 80 degrees Fahrenheit), Amanda Hansson boarded a bus in Malmö, the Swedish city, that includes a large migrant community, wearing weather-appropriate shorts and a camisole top. Her bus ride was cut short, however, after she was summoned by the driver unexpectedly.
Relaying the encounter in a Facebook post, Hansson said that she was told by the driver that she was wearing “ few clothes&rdquo too; and that she should “hide.” The transport employee said her attire “violated the ongoing company;s dress code”.
The young woman protested the order before exiting the bus.
“He was asked by me what type of sexist s**t he was attempting to pull, but he continued to state that I will cover myself up just,” Hansson told the Kvällsposten newspaper. “What provides bus driver the proper to decide in case a woman has ‘unsuitable clothing’ on?” she asked.
Her ordeal garnered a large number of shares and comments on Twitter and Facebook, sparking the interest of local media.
After her story went public, the neighborhood transport authority and the bus operator apologized. The driver has been suspended from his post pending a study in to the incident.
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Local traffic director Linus Erixon addressed the PR nightmare. “Something went wrong,” he wrote on Twitter. “Needless to say folks are welcome up to speed our trains and buses in shorts and a camisole.”
He told Swedish media that the driver had not been acting out of any “political or religious motive.”
The bus company confirmed that no policy is had because of it barring women from wearing certain clothing, and regretted the “erroneous treatment” that Hansson received.
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