A British bus driver has revealed she’s told daily she’s “too pretty” to do her job, revealing the comments about her age and appearance make her work difficult.
Jodie Leigh Fox began her career as a bus driver when she was just 21 after always having an interest in driving buses.
The now 24-year-old, who lives in Brentwood, Essex, landed her dream job after applying to an ad she saw on, you guessed it, the back of a bus.
Since then, the former carer has gone on to drive buses, coaches and even limousines but hasn’t been able to make friends with colleagues as there is no one who is a similar age to her.
“I’ve had so many comments from passengers – mainly men,” Jodie 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.’
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Jodie said she does get “nice comments” from women who hop on board, saying “females compliment my nails, hair and make-up”.
She also stressed landing her job wasn’t as “easy as people think”.
“I had to do a lot of tests to become a bus driver; it’s not easy like people might think,” she said.
“You have to do an English and maths test and about five different modules before eventually doing your theory.”
She also said that having few female colleagues, especially of similar age, made her role challenging.
“There’s no females around a similar age of mine; 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.”
However, instead she has managed to build up a following on TikTok as she shares the reality of being a bus driver.
“I didn’t think I would blow up the way I have,” she said.
“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.”