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Bus driver sacked for rude gesture is awarded £5,500

A bus driver who made a rude gesture to a 'bus spotter' and was later sacked has been awarded £5,500 by an employment tribunal.

It ruled National Express Dundee was wrong to dismiss driver Scott McDonald for raising his middle finger at a bus enthusiast photographing his vehicle in Dundee city centre last August.

The incident should have been treated as a 'one-off' and, although the driver's behaviour was stupid he should have been subject to some disciplinary penalty but not sacked, the tribunal said.

Mr McDonald, 29, has since gained another job and the tribunal ruled his compensation should be reduced to £5,516.47 because of contributory actions.

National Express Dundee said it was aware of the judgment.

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