A former carer who became a bus driver says she is constantly being told by passengers that she is ‘too pretty’ for her dream job.
Jodie Leigh Fox from Essex, has vowed to fight the stereotyping of the job she has enjoyed for the last three years.
The 24-year-old switched her career after she saw an ad for bus drivers and decided to apply as she had always been interested in getting behind the wheel.
But since then she says she has to put up with predominately male passengers making comments about her looks.
She said: “When men get on the bus, I always get the same reaction which tends to be ‘you’re so pretty’ or ‘I’ve never seen such a beautiful bus driver in my life’.
“People have said that I’m too pretty to be a bus driver but I get some nice comments from other females complimenting me and my nails or my hair and make-up.”
Despite the attention Jodie said she wants to continue to drive buses as she ‘loves her job’.
She has also built up a fan base on TikTok where she now shares the reality of being a bus driver.
However she only attracted attention on the social media website when she revealed what she did for a living and it ‘blew up’.
“I have posted videos before but not in work uniform and it wasn’t until I posted that I was a bus driver that people went mad for it,” Yahoo reports.
In one video Jodie describes each type of passenger that comes on her bus.
She said: “So you’ve got ‘the quick tapper’ that don’t even tap, you’ve got the ‘sneaky on the back door’, yeah I see ya.
“Then you’ve got ‘take your time, love’, ‘obsessed with the driver’, you’ve got ‘the runner that don’t even say thank you, and then, you’ve got ‘the one that wants to go one stop but goes about 15’.”
In a separate video, Jodie details some of the other character she sees on a day-to-day basis.
“So you’ve got ‘the one who’s always on the phone – just put your phone down, love, I ain’t got all day,” she said.
“Then, you’ve got ‘the rude boy’, yeah, bad man out here.
“Then you’ve got ‘the one who can’t get on the bus, even though the bus is lowered’, and then you’ve got ‘the one who moans about the bus being too far away’.”
Despite her social media popularity Jodie says she has no plans to leave her job and will carry on driving buses until she retires.