Bus drivers working for the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company in England have been warned not to call customers “babe”, “love” or “darling”.

(Following a complaint from a woman who said that she had felt insulted by being called ‘babe’ when she boarded a bus. 
A sign at the bus depot reads, “Please can drivers be aware that some of our customers may take offence at at having terms such as “love”, “darling” and “babe” directed towards them.  This can be seen by some as by some as being a sexist comment, as a recent complaint has highlighted.”
I just hope they stop women bus drivers calling men “sweety”, “honey”, “son” or “my lover” too.  All things hubby has faced over the years.)