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11-year-old girl refused entry on a bus for paying with an old £1 coin

Armani Taasse with an old £1 coin Credit: BPM Media

An 11-year-old schoolgirl was refused entry on a bus in Staffordshire after she tried to pay her fare with an old £1, one week before the coin ceases to be legal tender.

Armani Taasse had been given £1.50 by her mum to catch her usual number 16 bus to school at 8am yesterday.

But Armani, of Bucknall, Staffordshire, was left standing by the side of Werrington Road after not being allowed to travel on the bus.

Now transport operator D&G has apologised for the 'misunderstanding'.

Armani has been left 'upset and 'embarrassed' following the incident.

She managed to get to school on time after calling her nan for a lift. She said:

The girl in front of me had an old £1 coin and the driver asked her to swap it which she did. I knew then that there might be a problem when I went to pay so I told him straightaway that I had the old £1 coin and he said ‘I'm sorry but we can’t take it’ and that I couldn’t go on the journey. He drove off with me at the bus stop."

– Amarni Taase

Mum Janice Taasse has complained to D&G.

I rang D&G because I was absolutely horrified. The person on the phone apologised and said it was because the company was banking this week. I think the bus driver should have taken her regardless. It wouldn’t surprise me if other children have been affected. She was upset and it made her feel stupid. She was very embarrassed that it happened in front of everyone.”

– Janice Taase, Armani's mum

The round £1 coin will no longer be legal tender from Monday. About 1.2 billion of the old coins have so far been returned - but an estimated 500 million are still in circulation.

We are aware of an issue with one of our drivers on Monday morning. This was caused by a misunderstanding of information which we provided regarding the old £1 coin. We have since spoken to the driver to ensure this will not happen again and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

– D&G spokesman