Three youths attacked an Auckland bus driver in Henderson, with one teenage girl allegedly trying to gouge out the 69-year-old’s eye, NZ Herald reports. The first one got on and mouthed the sound of the swipe card being used. Two others then also suddenly jumped on, also pretending to pay. “I turned to them and said they need to tag on and they got abusive,” the former policeman and NZ Army soldier said. Stacey van der Putten, group manager of AT’s Metro Services, said bus drivers were essential workers and it wasn’t acceptable that anyone should be attacked while at work.

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