Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pet Girl Thrown Off Bus; Bus Company Apologizes For Treating Her Like a Pet

If A Goth Chick says she's a pet,
Acts like a pet And is on a leash,
Why get upset when she's treated like a pet?

[hat tip: Anna]

We were over at Anna's Clue Tank and saw this story about some Goth chick being led around on a leash.

Okay, nothing too far out of the ordinary there: Goth chicks just wanna have fun and all that.

But this Goth chick said that she was some guy's "pet".

Okay, different strokes for different folks, as they used to say in the Jimmy Carter, whacked-out '70s. Whatever.

And then, the bus company kicked her off the bus she was riding on in London.

Okay, that's easy to figure: most public transportation companies in the U.S. have rules about pets riding the buses, right?

But then, the Goth chick gets upset at being treated like the "pet" she wants to be. So the bus company does what any business operating in the modern world of the hair-trigger uber-offended would do: it apologizes for treating her like a pet.

What does the Goth chick say?

"I am a pet," she told the Daily Mail. "I generally act animal-like and I lead a really easy life.

So what kind of apology would the bus company offer her?

"Sorry for treating you like you--like the pet you said you were?"

Anna had this to say, as a way of introducing said story.
At various anime conventions I have seen people leading other people around on leashes, even one girl leading a boy on a leash. Since I was at conventions and the people were in costume, I merely thought they were acting out some role and never thought too hard on it.

A British bus company has apologized to a girl who is led around on a leash by her boyfriend and describes herself as a human pet after one of its drivers threw her off a bus.
Tasha Maltby, 19, told British newspapers she was the "pet" of her 25-year-old fiance Dani Graves.

Pictures showed her dressed in black Gothic-style clothing with silver buckles on a silver chain -- which the driver of a bus from the firm Arriva took exception to.

She told the Daily Mail newspaper Wednesday she was thrown off and told: "We don't let freaks and dogs like you on."

Arriva would not comment on specifics but said it apologized if the couple felt they had been discriminated against. It added, however, that the driver was worried about safety and the company told Maltby to take the leash off in the future.

"We have spoken to the driver who has talked about health and safety," a spokesman said. "Should she be attached to a chain and something happens on the bus, that could be dangerous. All we are saying is that she is very welcome to use the buses but not when she is on her lead."

Seems reasonable to us. What's a Goth chick to do?
Maltby -- who lives on state benefits and got engaged in November -- said her choice of lifestyle might seem unusual but was harmless.

"I am a pet," she told the Daily Mail. "I generally act animal-like and I lead a really easy life. I don't cook or clean and I don't go anywhere without Dani. It might seem strange but it makes us both happy. It's my culture and my choice. It isn't hurting anyone."

The story didn't specify what type of pet Ms. Maltby is supposed to be. Perhaps, a pet Goth chick.

We say, "live and let live".

We also say, "make sure she's housebroken".

by Mondoreb

* tehmugshots; * academyart
* Pet Girl Kicked off bus
* Does she use a litter box?


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