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Warning: NOT SAFE WORK WORK. Harsh language, racial epithets, cursing. Do not get fired over watching this video. Please.
This happened recently in Cleveland, OH. A bus driver knocks out a passenger.
The driver has been suspended (rightly) and the company has apologized, saying that things like this should not happen and the riders should feel safe.
I grant that the driver's reaction is over-the-top, but that's not what I want to discuss. Instead, it's the horrifying behavior of a passenger who is verbally taunting the driver for several minutes, spits on him and hits him in the face.
She is treated like the victim in this case when she is 100% to blame for what happened to her.
In what world is it appropriate to shout at a bus driver, spit on him, and punch him in the face while he is driving the bus? If you have a complaint to make, take it to his supervisor. I'm sure the number is plastered all over the bus.
After being assaulted, the driver should have stopped the bus and called the police. What he did was wrong.
But I get it.
Also to blame are the mouthy assholes who are filming the incident and egging on the woman. Was there nobody who could calm the situation, rather than fanning the flames?
After the woman is punched they said, "She's a girl!"
In this post-feminist world, if a woman starts a fight she had best be prepared to end it. Her gender doesn't matter. You can't claim that everyone should be equal yet treated differently because of their sex.
To paraphrase Chris Rock, I'm not saying the driver was right. But I understand.
The driver will be fired and crucified in the press while the girl will be some sort of folk hero of victimhood. But she should be excoriated just as harshly. This incident should be a lesson for everyone: Don't be an asshole.
Sadly, I don't believe that will happen.