Passenger pays price for temper

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 August, 1998, 12:00am

A bus passenger who found himself 60 cents short of his fare ended up paying $1,500 after angrily throwing a $2 coin at the windscreen and smashing it.

Magistrate Garry Tallentire said: 'It's a shame you temporarily lost your temper.' He fined chauffeur Tong San-yu $500 on top of the $1,000 repair costs.

Tong, 29, admitted criminal damage yesterday.

He was 'very upset' when he failed to get 60 cents from fellow passengers for a $3.60 fare on the China Motor Bus bound for Central from Wan Chai on August 12, Eastern Court heard.

Tong, who earns $10,000 a month, tried to tender $3 - all the cash he had on him - and got into a row with bus driver Kwan Chun-yip, 42, who insisted that the passenger tender the exact fare, Mr Tallentire was told.