Bus driver suspended in Germany after frog rescue

18th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Passengers on the already 20-minute delayed bus were hopping mad when Christina Pommerel leapt from behind the wheel, rescued the frog, put it in a box and released it on the side of the road.

Berlin -- A French bus driver working in Germany faced the sack after stopping her double decker to save a frog from being squashed under the wheels, press reports said Friday.

Passengers on the already 20-minute delayed bus were hopping mad when Christina Pommerel, 46, leapt from behind the wheel, rescued the frog, put it in a box and released it on the side of the road.

"I couldn't just squash it," Pommerel, who has been driving buses for 13 years in the southern German city of Regensburg, told daily Die Welt.

"I did my job and saved a life," she added.

But the irate passengers took a dim view of the rescue mission and one of them complained to the bus company, which suspended the driver.

"If the bus was already late and the passengers were angry and I then picked up a frog, I would have to ask myself if I was in the wrong job," company representative Maximilian Jobst was quoted as saying by the local paper, Mittelbayerische Zeitung.

But after a media uproar and outpouring of support for the driver, the company is beginning to row back.

The frog-loving driver can resume her duties but only if she refrains from such mercy missions in future, company officials said.

AFP/Expatica

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