Hell To The Bus Driver: How This DART Operator Got Into It With a Rider Last Night

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Below you'll find one Dallas Area Rapid Transit customer who won't be so upbeat if he's ever asked to fill out a rider satisfaction survey. But that's only because he's at Lew Sterrett right now, after having been arrested last night for assaulting a public servant, a felony offense. And that happened right after a DART bus driver beat the crap out of him.

It's all documented on a video posted to YouTube late last night, as you'll see below. A Friend of Unfair Park sent it to me, and I forwarded it to DART spokesman Morgan Lyons, hoping he might be able to shed some light on the dimly shot footage. Turns out, it wasn't the first time he'd seen it.

Explains Lyons, this happened at around 7:30 last night. The DART driver made a stop at the Brookhaven College campus and tried to wake up a sleeping passenger, who, says Lyons, "began cursing at the operator and took a swing at him. The operator was defending himself, and Brookhaven police came aboard and helped subdue the passenger." Eventually DART cops also showed up, at which point the rider was arrested.

Says Lyons, DART has seen a recent rise in what they classify as "operator assaults" -- from, he says, "one or two a month to two or three a month, everything from something like what you see in the video to cursing or spitting at the operator. We are concerned about that." But, he says, it's far worse elsewhere -- like, say, Philadelphia.

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Starspringsf
Starspringsf

Da Laws? Dude? both guys sound like idiots. the minute I saw someone taking a swing at the driver I would have been on my phone -two freaking seconds. Not playing 20 question while the driver is trying to defend himself. Wonder if the two homeboys would have thought it was so funny if the guy turned out to be higher than a kite and carrying a loaded gun that was fired on them, as it was recently the case i, I believe phily. The loser that recorded this is up for my "idiot of the year" award. So 'someone' eventually called but from the tape, since I didn't hear either of them talking to the cops at ANY point, wasn't these two geniuses.

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Party Bus Rental

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Anonymous
Anonymous

I have been a bus operator and people don't realize the crap we have to put up with. I would never touch a sleeping person. I would have contacted dispatch before doing anything. There are just too many crazy ass people out there that would take you out in a second. If the person won't wake up, bus dispatch normally would have me take the passenger back to the garage where Dart police would take them off. This policy is nuts. Couldn't see why Dart police couldn't come to where the bus is to take the person off. I would have to jeopardize my safety for the convenience of Dart police. The person might wake up and freak out an attack me. Lot of crazy stuff going on the rail side too. 

malasangre
malasangre

you don't touch people sleeping.  in the Army they yelled whatever but you never touch a sleeping person.. if i remember right there were several seconds you were considered in the right to attack.

The Royal Wii
The Royal Wii

See? This is exactly why we need more toll-roads and highway infrastucture.

Busses are crucibles that dangerously combine the misdirected rage of under and un employed riff-raff with self-important puffery of DART employees into a volatile cycle of self-loathing and violence. And the vague stench of urine and sweat.

Who needs that? 

Myrna Minkoff-Katz
Myrna Minkoff-Katz

DART drivers are surly low-lifes.

Fletch
Fletch

Some DART drivers are incredibly rude and inconsiderate, but others are just fine.

The surly low-life monniker belongs to a segment of their ridership, like this little piece of sh*t that got cranky after his nap was interrupted.

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Jordan Burke
Jordan Burke

Seriously? How about you help instead of just sit there and film it. I hate that "better to not get involved" attitude people have.

Pinche Derelicto
Pinche Derelicto

looks like he's getting his ass took in the top photo

The Royal Wii
The Royal Wii

*hee hee* It looks like he's gettin' his freak on in the banner photo.

Branden Helms
Branden Helms

Awesome how the phone guy decided to film the driver rather than help.

Hasan
Hasan

If he had helped and got hurt, would Dart have helped him pay his bills?  Just curious?

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

He ask twice are you all alright,want me to call law and again he said do you want me to call law,at that point driver said call,guy called or other fellow did,someone called because Officer got on bus.

Cowbell_Rockstar
Cowbell_Rockstar

does it suprise you? its the world we live in nowadays. people are more concerned with capturing something they can post on youtube than actually helping out

Jordan Burke
Jordan Burke

Not world, country.

Americans are swimming in a sea of fear-mongering daily.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I thought the new i-phone made it possible to both film and call the laws.

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