A waiter who was so obsessed with buses he took one and drove it around the streets of Hounslow has been ordered to pay £160.
Thomas Farooqi, of Convent Way, Southall, took a bus from Hounslow Bus Garage, just off Hounslow High Street, on Sunday, April 6, at 5pm.
The 21-year-old, who used to be a cleaner at the garage, took the vehicle on a 40-minute tour around the perimeter road of Heathrow, up into Uxbridge and Hayes and back via Cranford before depositing it undamaged at the depot. He did not pick up any passengers en route.
He was arrested on April 17 by officers from Hounslow Police and given a caution for taking and driving away.
Farooqi was also charged with driving a motor vehicle without a licence or insurance and was sentenced at West London Magistrates' Court on Monday (May 12), having admitted both charges. He was fined £92 and ordered to pay £48 costs, plus a £20 victim surcharge.
getwestlondon understands his bedroom had been full of model buses and he had fantasised about driving one, which is why he walked into the garage that afternoon and picked a jacket off a hanger before driving off in a bus. It is not known how he got the keys.
It is believed bus operator London United was only alerted after a bus driver spotted the vehicle was not following its normal route. When staff tried to contact him on the bus radio, he posed as an engineer.