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Courier who called Jeremy Vine a "p****" suspended by employer

Vine caught the incident on camera while cycling through Hammersmith last week, the warehouse worker claiming Vine almost hit him

The courier who went viral in one of Jeremy Vine's cycling videos last week has been suspended from work while his employer investigates after being seen swearing at the presenter as he cycled past.

The 50-year-old man, named as Tony in an interview with the Daily Mail, was filmed crossing the road in front of Vine — as the broadcaster rounded a van stopped in a bike lane — in a clip that has since been viewed more than 5.5 million times on Twitter.

As Vine passed, continuing his ride through Hammersmith in London, the man turns around, saying "Vine you p****" before some other inaudible dialogue.

 The warehouse worker said he does not regret anything and "called him a p**** because he was acting like one".

"He called me an Amazon driver when I don't even work for them and I was on foot — and he nearly cycled into me," Tony claimed. "He'd cycled around a white van which had pulled out of the junction and was trying to eye-ball the driver as he came past and so wasn't concentrating on where he was going.

"I thought he was going to crash straight into me and I hurried up a bit over the road. On his video he only highlights the word "f***" but for some reason the audio of what I actually said to him is distorted — and what I really told him was 'because you nearly f***ing hit me'.

"His face was covered with a scarf and he was wearing glasses but I knew immediately it was Jeremy Vine because he's the only cyclist around here who has a giant camera poking out his head looking like some sort of Teletubby."

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The father of two explained that he has been suspended while his employers investigate the incident and received an email from work when the video went viral.

"I'd obviously been recognised and the email said my behaviour was not befitting of the company. It doesn't look good to be honest," he continued. "I've had that job for a couple of years and like it.

"I'm a private person, really, I don't seek attention. I was going about my day minding my own business and he nearly careers into me at speed on his bike but acts like I'm the one with the problem.

"He'll no doubt turn his attentions to the next motorist or pedestrian who winds him up but for me I could lose my livelihood on the back of all this. Ironically most of the comments people left were critical of him and not me and many said I actually had the right of way."

In March, Vine criticised a London bus driver for making a right turn in front of him, forcing him to brake to avoid a collision. The footage, shared on the BBC and Channel 5 presenter's social media, attracted similar attention to last week's.

A month earlier Vine slammed a "garbage" Telegraph article that claimed cycling injuries have surged since a bike lane had been installed.

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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FrankH | 11 months ago
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But Vine IS a prick. What's the world coming to when you can't call a prick a prick?

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StillTrying replied to FrankH | 11 months ago
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FrankH wrote:

But Vine IS a prick.

On that basis that?

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Jenova20 replied to FrankH | 11 months ago
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FrankH wrote:

But Vine IS a prick. What's the world coming to when you can't call a prick a prick?

 

Person A crosses the road dangerously and abuses someone passing them slowly and safely. Person A then writes to notoriously anti-cycling paper to complain that he's the victim of something imagined, knowing this will result in more harm to cyclists and attitudes towards them. Person A is suspended by employer for bringing company into disrepute. You: "ViNe iS a pRIck!"

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Awavey | 11 months ago
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Hadnt been paying attention to this so apologies if it might have been covered already.

but how does Vine square the fact he cites the van as an immediate hazard to him in the video, when it's much much further away from him than the space he gives this Tony, where he effectively poses to his viewers what was Tonys problem I was nowhere near him gave home 10ft, instead of the might is right he uses in the van when it's at least 30ft away ?

Also what's with the I've just found another camera stuff, he forgot he had another insta cam on a pole on his bike !?

And no around the front of a van is not the safest option, the van driver is looking predominately left and only glancing right, as soon as they see a gap in traffic theyll go for it, they wont have seen you as you move through the a pillar, convergent bearing spots, and you'll become a hood ornament. The safest option in that situation is to slow down or stop and just stare coldly at the driver till they get out the way.

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Steve K replied to Awavey | 11 months ago
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To be fair, I don't think Vine does say the van is an immediate hazard - merely that the driver has ignored the priority that he (Vine) has (although you might read the 'might is right' line as suggesting differently).    

I agree with the rest of your comment, though.

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Awavey replied to Steve K | 11 months ago
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But a pedestrian crossing the road will always have priority over a cyclist, yet Vine makes it all about the space he had given the pedestrian made it safe, so why cant the van driver use the exact same logic ?

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Steve K replied to Awavey | 11 months ago
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Awavey wrote:

But a pedestrian crossing the road will always have priority over a cyclist, yet Vine makes it all about the space he had given the pedestrian made it safe, so why cant the van driver use the exact same logic ?

There's no comparison.  The van driver blocked a cycle lane.  Vine didn't block a pedestrian lane.  The van driver made Vine either stop or take evasive action; Vine did neither of those to the pedestrian.  Vine had no impact whatsoever on the pedestrian's journey; that clearly isn't the case with the van and Vine's.

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Wingguy replied to Awavey | 11 months ago
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Awavey wrote:

but how does Vine square the fact he cites the van as an immediate hazard to him in the video, when it's much much further away from him than the space he gives this Tony, where he effectively poses to his viewers what was Tonys problem I was nowhere near him gave home 10ft, instead of the might is right he uses in the van when it's at least 30ft away ?

Err, maybe it's because distance alone isn't the point?

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And no around the front of a van is not the safest option, the van driver is looking predominately left and only glancing right, as soon as they see a gap in traffic theyll go for it, they wont have seen you as you move through the a pillar, convergent bearing spots, and you'll become a hood ornament.

Oh hey look, what a clear and concise explanation of why distance alone isn't the point and the van is a massive hazard. I can't see how anyone could argue with that.

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jaymack | 11 months ago
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Civility costs nothing...

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brooksby replied to jaymack | 11 months ago
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Neither does acting with consideration for other road users.

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Adam Sutton replied to jaymack | 11 months ago
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Without incivility Vine wouldn't have a TV/Radio career.

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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 11 months ago
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Hopefully the suspension will become permanent. 

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Muddy Ford | 11 months ago
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The two scumbags I observe here are the van driver for pulling out and blocking the cycle lane when there is a cyclist approaching along it, and the Daily Arsewipe editor for using it as an opportunity to fire up more hatred towards people who ride bikes. They also edited the video on their website to make it appear that Vine was closer to the courier, who is just an angry old man. I might have gone round the back of the van if I was cycling along that path, as the driver may have accelerated out into the road as he clearly wasnt looking for cyclists.

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NotNigel replied to Muddy Ford | 11 months ago
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Scumbag for the van driver's a bit harsh.  Could understand that if he pulled out later but he was pulled out well before vine got there, just Vine's usual overreaction.

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Jetmans Dad replied to NotNigel | 11 months ago
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NotNigel wrote:

Scumbag for the van driver's a bit harsh.  Could understand that if he pulled out later but he was pulled out well before vine got there, just Vine's usual overreaction.

Except ... you are not supposed to partly pull out of a side road and block a live traffic lane on the main road which is exactly what the van driver does here. You wait until it is clear to go and then go, the outside mark of the cycle lane is not an alternative Give Way line. 

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IanMSpencer replied to Muddy Ford | 11 months ago
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The driver was not dangerous, just totally inconsiderate. Drivers think that a cycle lane is some form of advanced stop line. It was the equivalent of queuing over a pedestrian crossing. Perhaps London needs to introduce yellow box markings and cameras.

I thought Vine was stupid to claim going in front of the van was safe though. Never the right choice, especially if he believed the van driver hadn't given consideration to the cycle lane.

As for the pedestrian, so distant as to be an irrelevance.

I'm abroad at the moment, and here it is like back in the 60s or 70s, where cyclists wander over road or pavement, migrate between pedestrian and vehicle mode as it suits and nobody blinks an eye. Close passing is a thing but the speeds are so slow on the roads that it is no big deal because at least the motorists are avoiding hitting the cyclists. It is very polite and tolerant.

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kinderje | 11 months ago
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"I'm a private person, really, I don't seek attention"

Except when he thinks he can make a bit of money from the Mail???

Also, the cyclist coming out of the road behind him looks closer than JV.

Sorry, but he deserves everything he gets

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brooksby replied to kinderje | 11 months ago
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kinderje wrote:

"I'm a private person, really, I don't seek attention"

Except when he thinks he can make a bit of money from the Mail???

That was one of my first thoughts, too... 

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schlepcycling | 11 months ago
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'His face was covered with a scarf'............no it wasn't.

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Car Delenda Est replied to schlepcycling | 11 months ago
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Must have him confused with someone else he hurled abuse at that day?

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brooksby replied to Car Delenda Est | 11 months ago
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Car Delenda Est wrote:

Must have him confused with someone else he hurled abuse at that day?

Which makes you wonder if the whole story was wrong, and the cyclist who put him in fear of his life that day was some other cyclist (not Vine) but that he'd realised the Heil wouldn't pay him for a story about Joe Bloggs...

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eburtthebike | 11 months ago
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Having seen the video, if I was Tony's employer, I'd sack him for lying.

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wtjs replied to eburtthebike | 11 months ago
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Eburt is right. So is Vine.

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Secret_squirrel replied to wtjs | 11 months ago
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Yes.  The video clearly shows that Vine was no where near him but the guy chose to have a pop AND THEN doubled down on his stupidity by looking for his 5 minutes of fame in the Heil.

No sympathy here.

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cmedred replied to eburtthebike | 11 months ago
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Forget the lying. Can him for stupidity. Anyone who tells this story knowing the guy you are telling it about is equipped with more cameras than MGM, one of which just might tell a different story than you are telling, is seriously stupid. 

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brooksby | 11 months ago
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Very silly time/place to cross the road, IMO...  Good job Vine wasn't driving a car.

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squidgy replied to brooksby | 11 months ago
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brooksby wrote:

Very silly time/place to cross the road, IMO...  Good job Vine wasn't driving a car.

also very silly to go around the front of a van that's trying to exit.

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Simon E replied to squidgy | 11 months ago
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squidgy wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Very silly time/place to cross the road, IMO...  Good job Vine wasn't driving a car.

also very silly to go around the front of a van that's trying to exit.

I agree. I'd say that Vine's choice of manoeuvre (which he justifies in the later video linked above) is the riskier one.

Vine has to move well out of the cycle lane to get round. There is a car parked opposite the junction and the oncoming lane is empty. In that scenario I'd put money on the van driver pulling out as soon as he can. I'd not consider going round the front of the van unless the driver clocked me and waved me on.

Vine can say the driver is wrong for already being in the road but it's irrelevant, it's what people do.

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squidgy replied to Simon E | 11 months ago
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Simon E wrote:

squidgy wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Very silly time/place to cross the road, IMO...  Good job Vine wasn't driving a car.

also very silly to go around the front of a van that's trying to exit.

I agree. I'd say that Vine's choice of manoeuvre (which he justifies in the later video linked above) is the riskier one.

Vine has to move well out of the cycle lane to get round. There is a car parked opposite the junction and the oncoming lane is empty. In that scenario I'd put money on the van driver pulling out as soon as he can. I'd not consider going round the front of the van unless the driver clocked me and waved me on.

Vine can say the driver is wrong for already being in the road but it's irrelevant, it's what people do.

Delivery guy seems to be using the van as block to cross the road which I think is fair enough. He seems to be observant enough to see what's going on. Vine just makes a small inconvenience a bit of an issue. I'd probably be thinking the same as the delivery guy.

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quiff replied to squidgy | 11 months ago
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squidgy wrote:

Vine just makes a small inconvenience a bit of an issue. I'd probably be thinking the same as the delivery guy.

But remember, Tony's argument is that he called Vine a p**** not for making something of nothing (a view which clearly a lot of people sympathise with), but for nearly hitting him.    

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