Walk to work day; assaulted driver speaks out

Did you walk to work today? Did you even go to work today, Good Friday on the Christian liturgical calendar?

For the former, I suspect the answer is No for the vast majority of my readers, and for the latter, No for many.

I ask because today is National Walk to Work Day. Even if you didn't or couldn't walk to work this morning, there's still time. And you can qualify as a participant just by walking part of way. So maybe walk from your usual Jackson stop to Randolph, or even Grand and State for you Red Line riders.

After all, it's a nice day. And enjoy the Easter/Passover weekend.

Assaulted bus driver speaks out.
He was hammered, and hard, with a clawed tool as he tried to do his job driving the #53A South Pulaski bus last week . This week Billy Foster, the CTA bus driver who was assaulted with a hammer for demanding the correct fare from a passenger, faced his alleged assailant in court.

But ultimately, he was disappointed when transferred the case to Juvenile Court after the accused's mother presented documents proving he was 16. From the ABC-7 News report:

"Foster has 11 staples in his scalp and bandaged hands after he
was allegedly beaten with a hammer by a passenger last week. He says it
will take a long time to recover form his injuries. "Right now I have headaches. I can't sleep. Dizzy. My thoughts just get
locked until I shake it off," said Foster."

Thank you Billy. And godspeed in your recovery.


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  • Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I need to get up on my soapbox again. (If I can think of any other cliches in the meantime, I'll throw them in.) I cannot believe no one has commented on this horrendous story.

    Billy Foster suffered serious injuries stemming from an attack while he was properly discharging his duties as a bus operator. His injuries are not only physical, but he also seems to be suffering from some symptoms of post-traumatic stress, which often result from a violent attack. Thank God the handyman intervened or Billy Foster could very well be dead. While he is suffering from traumatic flashbacks and fear of attack, he's not really living. I hope the CTA employee assistance program includes counseling and that Mr. Foster gets the psychological help he needs to get back behind the wheel of a bus once his physical wounds have healed. Take care, Billy Foster!

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