And no, we don't see what preceded this, but the guy who videotaped it was there, and didn't report that the young guy was attacking or abusing the driver - there is NO EXCUSE for what this pig did to this young man.
Dean told me this morning that the kid apparently has Asperger's Syndrome. So does Emma. (The article shows a nice confusion between the terms "mentally ill" and "mentally handicapped", which doesn't help.) It took us years of practice to get Emma to be able to ride the bus by herself; I want to be sure that she doesn't run into this pig of a driver some day and find herself being screamed at because she laughed or chatted too much, and then flung off the bus in the middle of nowhere, maybe in the winter. And what's worse is that she's come to trust bus drivers, because most of them have been pleasant to her; she'd be completely defenceless against an attack like this. If she even WITNESSED it, she'd probably be so traumatized she wouldn't want to go back on a city bus again.
Two weeks ago this entire city was bawling and striking dramatic "Never again" poses over the suicide of a young man who was victimized by bullies. Well, what is this incident but pure, naked bullying? What breaks my heart is the poor kid blurting out "Sorry," as he runs out of the bus - it must have been the cherry on the sundae for that thuggish driver. Terrify a kid and then have him humbly apologize for his own torture - must have made his day!
I hope they throw this asswipe out the door, but I have little hope of that. Instead of being concerned by the behaviour of Mr. Bus-Pig towards a vulnerable passenger, the Hog-In-Chief of the drivers' union had his priorities right:
Transit Union Local 279 president Garry Queale took aim at the passenger who videotaped the driver threatening a rider, saying the employee’s privacy was violated.
Queale said the person who captured the incident on video shouldn’t have been filming in the first place, even though a city bylaw allows recording on buses for personal use.
Just sit back and enjoy the brilliant brain power involved in that statement. According to this guy, every employee walks around the world encased in an inviolable virtual bubble of "privacy", even when he's out in public doing a job that involves dealing with the public. I guess people who look at him when they board the bus can be fined for peeping, too.