Mystery cat takes regular bus to the shops

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Bus drivers have nicknamed a white cat Macavity after it has started using the No 331 several mornings a week. The feline, which has a purple collar, gets onto the busy Walsall to Wolverhampton bus at the same stop most mornings - he then jumps off at the next stop 400m down the road, near a fish and chip shop. The cat was nicknamed Macavity after the mystery cat in T.S Elliot's poem. He gets on the bus in front of a row of 1950s semi-detached houses and jumps off at a row of shops down the road which include a fish and chip shop.

Driver Bill Khunkhun, 49, who first saw the cat jumping from the bus in January, said: "It is really odd, the first time I saw the cat jumping off the bus with a group of passengers. I hadn't seen it get on which was a bit confusing. "The next day I pulled up on Churchill Road to let a couple of passengers on. As soon as I opened the doors the cat ran towards the bus, jumped on and ran under one of the seats, I don't think any of the passengers noticed. "Because I had seen it jump off the day before I carried on driving and sure enough when I stopped just down the road he jumped off - I don't know why he would catch the bus but he seems to like it. I told some of the other drivers on this route and they have seen him too."

Since January, when the cat first caught the bus he has done it two or three times a week and always gets on and off at the same stops. Passenger, Paul Brennan, 19, who catches the 331 to work, said: "I first noticed the cat a few weeks ago. At first I thought it had been accompanied by its owner but after the first stop it became quite clear he was on his own. "He sat at the front of the bus, waited patiently for the next stop and then got off. It was was quite strange at first but now it just seems normal. I suppose he is the perfect passenger really - he sits quietly, minds his own business and then gets off."


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hahah quality,
our local tescos has a visitor called Popeye hes a big fat cat who sits inside the front entrance for a heat and to meet everyone coming and going into tescos. Thing is everyone thinks hes a stray and feeds him lmao.
After a while the owners came to tescos and put up a wee sign to say please dont feed the cat he eats enough at home!
the staff made him a basket to snooze in when hes in the store :)

Dogs certainly are, don't see why cats can't...

According to the Travel West Midlands site (who I assume run the bus in question), their rules for animals are:

12.1 Assistance dogs for disabled customers, guide dogs, and hearing dogs are
permitted to travel on Company vehicles.
12.2 Other dogs or inoffensive animals can be brought onto the vehicle only if
permitted by the driver, who has complete discretion in this matter.

12.3 Reasons why animals will not be carried include if the animal appears dangerous
or likely to upset either other customers or animals already on the vehicle.
12.4 No animal should sit or be placed on vehicle seats.
12.5 It is the responsibility of the customer bringing an animal onto a Company
vehicle to ensure it is being kept under proper control at all times on a lead or
in a suitable container, and does not cause a nuisance to the driver or other
customers.
12.6 The Company does not accept any liability howsoever caused for the loss,
death or injury to animals whilst being conveyed, unless caused through
negligence by the Company or its staff.

From http://www.travelwm.co.uk/about/ConditionsOfCarriage.pdf

Not quite the purrrrrrrfect passenger, if it was he was have the right change ready. Sound more of a scam to me.. possibly a small child or midget dressed as a cat to dodge the fair

Strange News of the Week used to be a routine weekly event on Neowin whose disappearance has recently been discussed in the forums. Weekends are slow news days, so I see nothing wrong with posting something a little out of the ordinary once every seven days when there's not much else going on.

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