Updated: 06/18/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 06/18/2014 10:10 PM WHEC.com
A video has gone viral on social media after one woman says her and two, young children were kicked off a Rochester bus in the middle of Tuesday night’s storm.
The video shows Rochester police escorting a woman and the two children she was babysitting off the bus after the driver called 911, but many are asking why police were involved at all.
Corrine Moore says she was trying to get on the bus at the Liberty Pole when the driver told her she couldn’t stay.
Moore says it all started when she paid to get on the bus and then tried to pay for a man who helped her carry her stroller in the middle of Tuesday’s thunderstorms.
“He got off the number 10 bus just to help me get on the number 4 bus. He didn’t have to get off that bus and help me, so I gave him my bus pass,” Moore said.
Moore says when she sat down the driver shut the bus off, walked up to her and said she, and the kids with her, had to get off.
“He told me I needed to go. I said I’m not getting off the bus in the pouring down rain. I had two kids with me that are both one year olds. Where was I supposed to go,” said Moore.
She admits she did get upset and swore at the driver, and he called police to remove her. That’s when the cell phones started rolling.
A Rochester police officer tells Moore to get off the bus or go to jail, but you can hear the other riders asking the driver and officers to let her stay.
“He has the authority at any time to kick anyone off the bus,” said one police officer on the video.
Moore says not only did she pay the fare, but other people offered to pay for her as well.
“I had three different people give him a dollar for me,” said Moore.
“There is nothing I can do,” said the officer to the riders on the tape.
Moore says she can’t believe the driver was so heartless.
“It was really pouring down, thundering, lightning and blowing wind. We had no cover, no coats and nothing for the kids. They just threw me off the bus with no remorse. I literally left that bus crying. I went home crying,” said Moore.
Rochester police and RTS officials both refused on-camera interviews, but RTS did release the following statement:
“The safety and security of our customers is our highest priority, and in some instances, we are required to contact the RPD for assistance. We’re still reviewing the details for this.”
Officials say they should have more details about what happened and why by Thursday.