TULSA - Desire Ollision and her son take the city bus often.
"I take two buses in the morning to get to my high school and in the afternoon, most days, I take six buses to get him," said Ollision, referring to her 1-year-old son.
Tuesday, she added another bus ride to the list so she could go to the grocery store, but her trip home was stopped short by the bus driver when he refused to let the child board without socks.
"He asked me if I had socks for my son and I said, 'No,' and he said, 'I suggest you go find some or find your own way home,'" Ollision recalled.
Ollision, stunned, remembers she didn't' respond to the drive, and instead walked away to call her mother.
Her mother, at work at the time, called Tulsa Transit's customer service and was told there was nothing to be done -- that the driver was just following policy.
So Ollision waited. For three hours she waited, waited with a baby that was sick when she had picked him up early from the day care and not getting any better sitting at the downtown bus station.
Ollision said her boy's temperature was 104 when her mother was able to pick her up after work at 8:30 that night.
Tulsa Transit spokesman Bill Cartwright issued the statement below after an inquiry from the 2NEWS Investigators:
“Although Tulsa Transit has a long standing rule requiring bus passengers to wear shoes while on the bus or in a bus station, this rule was never intended to include infants in carriers or strollers. In this instance our bus driver made a poor decision in denying service. We will provide this driver with additional training on Tulsa Transit’s rules and procedures to see that this does not happen again in the future. We apologize to this bus passenger for our error.”
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