How do you handle a hostile, belligerent, in-your-face passenger on a train or bus? From my experience, other riders prefer to keep their heads down, blinders on, and give them wide berth.
Last week on the X80 Irving Park, a large woman boarded, stood in the doorway, and bellowed, “I’m here!” The driver proceeded to close the door on her butt.
After sniping at the driver, she made her way down the aisle, and tripped over a seat support. “OWWW!” she exclaimed. “That hurt mother f****er driver!”
As she continued to bramble up the aisle, she mentioned to one guy: “Nice pants. They look like lawyer pants. Are you a lawyer? Well are you? You’re wearing lawyer pants.” She was very much in his face. He mumbled something and she continued to the back of the bus.
She verbally assaulted other terrified passengers on the way. When she got to the back, she literally screamed at the top of her lungs: “Why does everybody keep looking at me like I have committed some crime. I’m not a stranger. My name is SUSAN! See! Now I’m not a stranger!”
She sat down and said, “Just keep on staring straight ahead assholes.”
So, what would you do? Keep your head down like others? Do you have other examples of abuse by other passengers?