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Van driver fired to drive in puddles, soaking passersby



It's a rainy day, and you're standing by the side of the road as a car drives over a nearby puddle and soaks you in a sudden wave.

We all fear that. But what if the person driving the vehicle is actually showering you with puddles?

Dash cam shots released on YouTube seem to show a van driver who does.

The video shows a van with a logo Black & McDonald Limited, a Toronto, Canada company sloshing into puddles of water in Ottawa just as a person passes by on the sidewalk, CBC said.

A timestamp on the video says it happened on July 27th.

The video starts with the white van that was stopped in traffic. But then the car in front that picks up the van starts to move and catches the transporter driver, who suddenly turns towards a puddle while two people with umbrellas are preparing to cross an intersection.

The splash seems to wet the two people watching the video shows, and the van driver quickly steers the vehicle back to the middle of the road.

But not for long.

The transporter driver places his vehicle in puddles a second time, causing a violent whip to soak a second person who unsuccessfully tries to use their umbrella to shield himself.

The driver of the delivery van is not finished yet. The van approaches eerily near the pavement, the video shows, and sends another splash of water to another person. Thankfully, the shallow puddle only seems to send a meager wave that soaks her legs.

Black & McDonald Limited posted a status about the incident on Facebook and wrote that the driver was "not employed for a long time".

The driver was not named according to CTV News, and the police will not file any charges.

"We apologize to anyone affected by the recent incident in Ottawa of unacceptable driving by one of our transporter drivers," the company wrote. "We want to assure the public that safety is our # 1 priority."

Mark Gatien, a sergeant from the Ottawa Police Service, wrote on Twitter that he appreciated the company's response.

"I would like to thank Black & MacDonald Ottawa Div for their swift and determined action in this matter," he wrote. "… I would also like to thank a patrol officer who helped with this result."

Tareq Ali, a company spokesman, declined to tell the Ottawa Sun if compensation was given to those who got wet.


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