Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Bus surfers and YouTube .

TWO teenage boys were filmed risking their lives by clinging on to the back of a moving bus for three miles. The stunt, known as bus surfing, was filmed by the passenger of a car travelling behind the bus and posted on video website YouTube but later removed amid fears it might prompt copycat pranks. YouTube said it had received complaints from concerned users and therefore decided to remove the video from its site. The video has received over 2,700 hits since it was posted on February 18.

The number 100 bus was travelling between Tonteg and Pontypridd in the South Wales Valleys. By risking their lives, the boys, aged between 13 and 15, were avoiding the £1.25 fare. Mr Mainwaring and Mr Campbell, of Llantwit Fardre , were on their way to a Saturday afternoon football match in Pontypridd when they saw the teenagers holding on to the back of the bus, standing on the bumper with their heads just below the back window.

...These boys are stupid, just plain stupid. Bus surfing has gone on in the UK for many years now. Many bus operators have warning stickers on the backs of their buses warning against the dangers of holding onto the back. Common sense would tell you that bus surfing is a bad idea. But boys will be boys the world over and catching these incidents on video makes good entertainment. It is a shame that this footage has been removed from YouTube. These boys probably thought that they were being cool, but risking serious injury is not cool. Shooting a video like this one below is cool, very cool. I can imagine a girl like this dancing through the bus wash at the Llantwit Fardre depot, that would be cool, very cool! The bus depot does not have the glamour of Hawaii where the girl can walk on the beach in front of Diamond Head but fame has to start somewhere, so why not Llantwit Fardre?

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