Bus driver, 24, says she is constantly told by male passengers that she is ‘too pretty’ for her job but insists she will continue until she retires
- Jodie Leigh Fox, 24, from Brentwood, Essex, always dreamt of driving buses
- She says she is often told by male passengers she is ‘too pretty’ to be a bus driver
- The former carer hopes to fight the stereotypical image of bus drivers on Tik Tok
A former carer who became a bus driver aged 21 has said she regularly has to endure people telling her she is ‘too pretty to be a bus driver’.
Jodie Leigh Fox landed her dream job driving buses three years ago after seeing an advert on the back of one of the public transport vehicles.
The 24-year-old, from Brentwood, Essex, enjoys the job so much she hopes to carry on until she retires in over forty years.
But since she started Jodie says she has been inundated with comments from passengers about her appearance.
‘I’ve had so many comments from passengers – mainly men,’ said Jodie.
She claims male passengers constantly tell her she is ‘too pretty to be a bus driver’ and make comments on her appearance
Jodie Leigh Fox, 24, from Brentwood, Essex, (pictured left) achieved her dream of becoming a bus driver (right) three years ago
‘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.’
Her appearance and youth has also made it difficult for her to socialise with colleagues, Jodie claims.
‘There’s no females around a similar age of mine,’ she said.
‘I have made a friends with a few people in the garage but I normally just get my duty card and then leave for my shift’.
The 24-year-old is qualified (left) to drive buses, limousines and coaches and has to take exams to stay on top form
Despite the tough aspects of the job, Jodie has always wanted to drive buses ever since she realised her fascination with being near the front as a child.
She says she is hoping she can fight the stereotypical image of a bus driver over her long career ahead.
She is qualified to drive buses, coaches and even limousines and has to take exams to stay on top form.
Jodie explained: ‘When I left my job as a carer, I realised that I had always been intrigued about driving buses.
Jodie has managed to build up a following on TikTok as she shares the reality of being a bus driver
‘I would always sit near the front near the driver and I loved driving so I made the dream come to life.
‘I had to do a lot of tests to become a bus driver; it’s not easy like people might think. You have to do an English and maths test and about five different modules before eventually doing your theory.’
Jodie has managed to build up a following on TikTok as she shares the reality of being a bus driver.
She added: ‘I didn’t think I would blow up the way I have.
‘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.
‘I love my job; I’m hoping to do this until I retire!’
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