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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by tracey mason

17th April 2014, at 11:34:17

O for goodness sake who cares, not the stunning females thats for sure, just a bunch of old whingers with too much time on their hands, i thought it was quite funny, get back to some real issues tut tut

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by Richard Taylor

15th April 2014, at 17:12:39

Let's just fine Big D (if is was him) one jam doughnut and forget the whole thing. Mr Whitehouse has got his publicity let's move on.

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by Hils Newton

15th April 2014, at 15:50:56

In no way could that tweet be deemed offensive, except maybe to dieters who would give anything for the "coffee and cake"!
I find the SV response more inappropriate than the tweet.

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by Marie Cheverton

15th April 2014, at 12:49:19

Talk about a jumped up little man trying to make a bigger name for himself, at the expense of an innocent comment. Obviously, he has not got anything better to do in his sad little life.

As a woman I don't see anything crude, crass or chauvinistic in this Tweet, stunning in my eyes is a flattering word and compliment.

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by James McAdder

15th April 2014, at 11:40:53

The trouble is the term "stunning females" makes is sound like he is tweeting about a herd of prize heifers.

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by matthew eldridge

15th April 2014, at 09:29:17

a storm in a tea cup ,tottaly agree pam it was a compliment and im sure you are stunning and just to cheer you up patrick so are you lol

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by Patrick Hall

15th April 2014, at 08:48:52

Oh come on, the remark was complimentary, not demeaning. i wish someone would describe me as 'stunning' :)

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by Keven Ball

14th April 2014, at 22:43:58

Very unprofessional!

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by b ward

14th April 2014, at 22:21:48

No apology needed
Time the thought police were told to get lost
As a female I deplore the attacks made on freedom of speech in this
country by a few mainly politicians,who need to get on with some proper work and leave the rest so us alone
In no way was this comment offensive

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by Colin Russell

14th April 2014, at 22:12:16

Pam no worries all women look stuning to some body no matter what age they are.

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