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Surfside Buslines deny leaving girl behind at bus stop

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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensl ... gzpes.html
(ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-12/g ... nd/6462684)
(Father rejects Surfside's denial: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/new ... 7350953026)

Surfside Buslines denies leaving girl at Gold Coast bus stop
The bus company accused of leaving a girl at a Gold Coast bus stop last week claims its internal investigation does not corroborate the version of events the girl's father gave to media.

A spokesman for Surfside Buslines said the company had made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Dean Bleakley, who has claimed his daughter Lucinda, 12, was left stranded at a bus stop when her Go Card failed to work and the bus driver would not permit her to board.

He said a detailed review of the company's operating systems, including CCTV footage, timetables and card reader information, as well as an interview with the bus driver, found the claims Mr Bleakley and his daughter made were not supported.

The spokesman said attempts to contact Mr Bleakley to further investigate had so far been unsuccessful.

"Surfside's General Manager has attempted to contact the father of the student a number of times to discuss the findings of the investigation, as the information obtained does not support the events reported in the media," he said in a statement.

"Surfside would like to speak with the father to ensure there is no additional information that may assist with our investigation."

Lucinda Bleakley told News Corporation she attempted to board the 713 southbound bus in Labrador about 8am Friday but was left beside the road when her Go Card failed to scan.

Queensland Transport Minister Jackie Trad said she was "outraged" by the allegations, saying had the driver done what had been claimed, they had contravened the state's No Child Left Behind policy, implemented following the abduction and murder of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

The Surfside Buslines spokesman said any driver found to have left a child behind would most likely be sacked.

"Surfside takes these types of allegations very seriously and supports TransLink's Code of Conduct for School Children Travelling on Buses and Safe Travel of School Students Guiding Principles," he said.

"Although information obtained to date does not support the allegation, if any Surfside driver were found to have refused boarding to a child this would amount to serious misconduct and result in disciplinary action.

"It is highly likely that drivers found to have engaged in this conduct would have their employment terminated."
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So it changed from a "faulty" Go-Card to just "showing" the Go-Card?

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensl ... h0s4j.html
Surfside Buslines clears driver after claims girl was left off bus
A bus company says there is no evidence to support claims one of its drivers left a 12-year-old Gold Coast girl on the side of the road for not having a working goCard.

Surfside Buslines said it reviewed CCTV footage, GPS real-time data from several buses, analysed goCard ticket data and completed interviews with its driver, who denied the incident took place.

"Following an extensive investigation and a meeting today with the father of a student allegedly refused boarding on a Surfside bus, the allegations against the driver cannot be substantiated," Surfside general manager Martin Hall said.

"The driver has been cleared of any wrong doing."

The investigation began when the 12-year-old student Lucinda Bleakley claimed she was not allowed on the 713 southbound bus in Labrador about 8am last Friday because her goCard failed to scan.

On Wednesday, Lucinda's father Dean said he "100 per cent" stood by his daughter's version of events.

After viewing security footage at the bus company, Mr Bleakley conceded his daughter was not on the 713 bus. However he believed she may have tried to board a different bus.

"She doesn't know what number it was. She just went to the bus stop and jumped on the bus," Mr Bleakley told Fairfax Media.

"She said: Dad, I just got on the bus, showed my card and he told me to get off."

Mr Bleakley said he and Lucinda would go to the bus stop on Thursday morning to try and work out what happened.

Lucinda's initial claims prompted an angry response from the Queensland Transport Minister Jackie Trad. Ms Trad said if the allegations were true, the driver's actions would have gone against the state's "No child left behind" policy.

The measure was introduced in the wake of the murder of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

Ms Trad's spokeswoman said the minister was unavailable for comment on Wednesday afternoon because she was on a flight.
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If she got on a random bus, and then made up the number 713, and then just "showed" her card, that's not exactly good parenting. Who tells their child to catch public transport without making sure they know how to use their go card and which service to catch?
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It is hard to tell a 12 year anything.

They are either very smart, and don't want to learn what dad tells them, or very dumb and can't learn anything
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