Woman Left Stunned After Being Told Her Dog Needed A Bus Ticket

Surely someone bringing a dog on to the bus you're travelling on would only improve your overall experience?

In fact, I'd go as far as saying that I would probably pay someone to get on the bus with their pet pooch. They certainly wouldn't need to spend their own hard-earned cash, that's a given.

But on Thursday 22 November I wasn't around and dog owner, Heidi Lewis, had to pay almost an entire pound for her dog to get on the bus.

Heidi Lewis couldn't believe it when the bus driver asked her to pay for her dog to get on the bus. Credit: Heidi Lewis
Heidi Lewis couldn't believe it when the bus driver asked her to pay for her dog to get on the bus. Credit: Heidi Lewis

Heidi, 26, has taken her seven-month-old French Bulldog, Chanel, on the bus before and never been asked to pay 90p for her ticket.

She told LADbible: "I was shocked as I never even new that there was even such thing as a dog ticket was definitely news to me."

Heidi, a mum-of-three, got Chanel as a gift for her birthday as she 'didn't want any more kids' - they were all on the school run when the 'incident' occurred.

Chanel made sure she took advantage of her ticket and bagged herself a seat. Credit: Heidi Lewis
Chanel made sure she took advantage of her ticket and bagged herself a seat. Credit: Heidi Lewis

Heidi, who works as a health care support worker, added: "She been on the bus before and never paid so yes I was really shocked that when the driver told me to pay for the dog.

"I just laughed at him and said that would be funny and carried on walking on the bus until he turned around and said he is serious.

"I said 'ok then, show me the ticket' and when I seen it I laughed so much I thought to myself surely my dog should have a seat for comfort as she has paid and she owned it as well bless her."

Heidi thought the bus driver was joking when he asked her to get a ticket for her dog. Credit: Heidi Lewis
Heidi thought the bus driver was joking when he asked her to get a ticket for her dog. Credit: Heidi Lewis

Heidi continued: "It was crazy... the driver didn't say nothing. When I was about to get off the bus she did not want to get off the seat.

"I had to pick her up and the driver was looking back to think why I was taking so long and saw it was because the dog really didn't want to get off and he just laughed and when I finally got of the bus the driver said have a nice day.

"She [Chanel] normally stands up on floor and I try to get her to sit but she does not like sitting down she is so used to blankets, bedding, and comfort."

A spokesperson for Stagecoach in South Wales said: "A dog charge has been in place for many years and contributes to the cost of cleaning the interiors of our buses. There has been no change to our policy. There is no charge for guide dogs."

Featured Image Credit: Heidi Lewis

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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