Southern Vectis apologises for inappropriate tweet

By Ross Findon

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

Southern Vectis apologises for inappropriate tweet

Isle of Wight bus company Southern Vectis has apologised for an inappropriate tweet. File.

BUS company Southern Vectis has apologised after what one Isle of Wight councillor described as a crude, crass and chauvinistic message was posted on the company’s on Twitter account.

Cllr Chris Whitehouse condemned the tweet, posted on the official Southern Vectis account on Friday, which said: "No delays so far, some stunning females walking through tonight. I think its time for a coffee and a cake mm T/L".

Cllr Whitehouse said: "The women of the Island deserve better than to be ogled and tweeted about in such a crude, crass and chauvinistic manner."

He called for the company to apologise and take disciplinary action.

Southern Vectis general manager Matt Kitchin said: "We are aware of an inappropriate tweet posted to our official account. Whilst we encourage our controllers to post in a friendly and human manner, we acknowledge this tweet was completely unacceptable and we apologise, unreservedly, for any offence caused.

"The tweet has been removed from our account and we are now formally dealing with this matter internally."

Cllr Whitehouse welcomed the response from the company, which he said had done the right thing and acted promptly.

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Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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