Hey, remember the Muni driver who was caught texting while driving? As you might recall Muni said they had put the driver on a three day suspension, incensing the man who revealed this driver misconduct. After the media hoopla, she’s now collecting a paycheck while facing termination, leaving many to wonder — why did it take Muni this long to watch the video tape?

“I’m tired of these things going on,” Muni rider Shawn Higgins, who was kicked off the 24 Divisidero after videotaping the operator, told KTVU. “It’s just like ‘Oh it’s no big deal.’ I think this driver should be terminated.”

Apparently the deal got a bit bigger, as Muni is now moving to fire the driver, describing the video recording of the incident as “new information.”

Higgins takes issue with the MTA’s description of his tape as “new,” telling KTVU “When I filed the report, I left my name, my address, all my information with Muni…and I said in the report, I think it says multiple times, that I have a videotape of it.”

“Why didn’t Muni follow up with Higgins and ask, ‘Do you have a video of this? Bring it on in and take a look,'” asks the Chronicle’s Phil Matier on CBS5.

Great question, Phil! Clearly, the best way to get Muni to pay attention to your complaint is to send it to a news outlet. By the way, our email is editor@sfappeal.com, just saying.

According to KTVU, the driver is on paid suspension while she awaits a termination hearing.

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  • wordygirl

    PAID suspension?! That’s like when I got suspended in high school for cutting class. WTF!?

  • Greg Dewar

    This just shows how much utter contempt Nat Ford and John Haley have for the owner/riders of Muni, and they both need to go away, along with their “F*ck you” attitude towards citizens of SF.

    Think about it: Which is worse, a Muni operator breaking the law and putting people at risk for injury or death because they have to text on their phone, or the fact that Muni management didn’t bother to read the report, took the side of the driver, basically (again wtf Haley calling people liars?) saying “oh it didn’t happen” and only after being shamed by the media MIGHT do something?

    As I said on my blog, the N Judah Chronicles, if you have a video camera on your phone USE IT AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN to document injustice – it’s the only way we will keep overpaid liars at Muni accountable.

  • DT

    What need is there for a hearing, get the operator’s cell phone records, compare with payroll data and be done.

    Isn’t texting while driving a common carrier a major crime?