Human 'Pet' Not Allowed on UK Bus

Goth couple complains of discrimination against the differently collared
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 8:04 PM CST
"He shoved me off the bus. He called us freaks and he called Tasha a dog," Graves told reporters.   (
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(Newser) – A British teenager who calls herself a "human pet" is complaining of discrimination after she and her boyfriend/owner were kicked off a public bus. "We don't let freaks and dogs like you on," the driver allegedly told Tasha Maltby, whom fiancé Dani Graves leads by a leash. "It is definitely discrimination, almost like a hate crime," Maltby told the Daily Mail.

The driver repeatedly didn't let the couple on his bus, and allegedly shoved them off while he was off duty. Maltby is 19, and describes the animal attraction as a lifestyle choice. "I am a pet, I generally act animal-like, and I lead a really easy life," she says, "It's my culture and my choice. It isn't hurting anyone."