Greyhound Driver Gets Ass Kicked By Passenger, Sues Bus Manufacturer

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Greyhound is without a doubt one of the classiest ways to travel across the country, which is probably why so many classy people choose to ride it. Like that one guy in Louisiana who serenaded his seatmate, from memory, with the entire soundtrack of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode or that one transgendered individual whose extremely loud cell phone ring tone was some woman having a porn star orgasm.

That's why it must have been a surprise when Garrett Scott, driving the Greyhound route from Dallas to Houston on June 28, was sucker-punched by passenger Edward Darnell Reed as the bus passed through Conroe, Texas.

Scott includes few details about the scuffle in the lawsuit he filed last week in Dallas County against Reed, bus manufacturer Prevost, and Bentech, a Pennsylvania pipe manufacturer, saying only that Reed was able to reach through a plexiglass partition and repeatedly punch -- the lawsuit uses the term "pummel" -- Scott as he drove.

Reed, as the attacker, is liable for the mental and physical trauma suffered by Scott, the suit argues, but so are Prevost and Bentech. The companies marketed a partition intended to shielding driver from irate passengers that, as evidenced by Scott's injuries, did nothing of the sort. Scott argues they should have known better, given the prevalence of passenger-on-bus driver violence and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks which involved hijacked airplanes but highlighted the need to protect bus drivers too.

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scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Eric, you sniveling, pompous bitch; you consider yourself a liberal and show such derision for those who might ride a bus.  I chose to take the bus, train, plane and to literally hitchhike from Dallas to College.  Tried to train hop too.   Fuck you, you lack empathy and are a petty observer.  You deserve to live in poverty for a decade or two--and you make some snarky joke about your present job being exactly that, you deserve to go to hell for contempt for people you purport to defend.  Seriously, grow the fuck up.  

lg71050
lg71050

I rode the Greyhound bus to Austin awhile back and I had a great experience. No problems at all. I'd ride the bus again. Assholes are everywhere.

MattL11
MattL11

I noticed a Greyhound billboard some time ago near the Woodall/Stemmons interchange that said something to the effect of "That New-Bus Smell." My first thought was that you don't, as a company, want people associating the word "smell" with a Greyhound bus, no matter what the context.

 

(Yes, I realize that this is off-topic, but so is half the shit people write around here these days. At least it's tangentially related.)

Daniel
Daniel

I rode a Greyhound bus to Austin once in about 1992. My fresh & innocent cheek was pressed to the filmy window by  a three-and-one-half-foot-wide woman who was sketchy, one-eyed and baggy-bosomed, and smelled strongly of garlic, fish and  fat-fold sweat. I found other accommodations for my return trip. Mom went ahead and took the Greyhound again.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Meh.  If DART didn't have so many of its police riding the trains they'd be just like Greyhound.  It's time for them to have a cop on every bus.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

What an execrable excuse for, writing, I guess.  It certainly isn't journalism.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I've got a close relative that does what are referred to as "drive-aways". Essentially, it means delivering a truck from one area of the country to another. (Box trucks, bobtails for FedEx, new truck deliveries etc... you get the idea.) Anyhow, If you don't have a car dolly to drag your own vehicle along and don't have a return trip truck planned, the most economical way to get home is Greyhound, the pay just won't support air travel return.  I've heard him relate tales of Greyhound rides that would curl the hair on your yet unborn great grandchildren's toes. Most of these stories are *not* horror stories about the passengers, however, (although there are plenty of those) but are about the horrible attitudes of the drivers of these lumbering beasts.

 

These guys have the authority and WILL toss you off of that bus at the slightest provocation. Give your bus driver a dirty look? OFF! A little volume bleeding over from your iPod headphones? OFF! Driver doesn't like the color of the underwear he imagines you are wearing? OFF! In addition to that, apparently they get a pretty big kick out of leaving folks behind after rest stops and creatively redirecting luggage during transfers. I guess that stuff is pretty funny to them, too. Takeaway is, these little tyrants hate their jobs and love to take it out on the passengers.

 

I'm guessing that driver might have deserved the pummeling he got, but the guy probably should have waited until the bus was stopped so as not to endanger the other passengers. Granted, they have to deal with a pretty sketchy portion of the population, but cross one of these little dictators at your own risk.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

good thing Edward Darnell wasn't traveling on American Airlines he might have really lost it.

gamblingman
gamblingman

This article does not represent the Observer's usual "progressive" libtard "tolerance". I'm gonna sic Gawker, or even worse, Jezebel on you.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I once put a relative of mine on a Greyhound, and man O' man, that bus smelled like straight up shite!  And the customers all looked like something you see at Walmart Saturday morning 1 AM..........all manner of bloody gauze, twitching, neck tattoo's, guys named Darrell, and rampant unabashed alcoholism! 

 

 

k7dugan
k7dugan

@RunOrange @Dallas_Observer I have thought if I had the time & $ it would be fun to travel cross country and blog about other passengers.

gamblingman
gamblingman

Greyhound + sucker punch + "Darnell". I'm betting on black.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Everybody knows Megabus is the preferred choice of discriminating travelers.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @Daniel I hope you took a brillo-pad and some Lava soap to that innocent cheek immediately after getting off the bus.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @kergo1spaceship I haven't pilloried your comment or other specific horror stories, that is one of the adventures of going Greyhound, and a vivid anecdote.  You didn't assail the whole bus, and I appreciated your story. 

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @Montemalone 

I saw one of those things wallowing down 35 not long ago.  I thought I was hallucinating.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Just as I've refrained from attacking you, despite you offering some low hanging fruit.  I never liked the pile-on, it's called real compassion and understanding.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz That was in my Jack Kerouac, college days.  As to the harsh critiques, I try to keep it constructive and pull punches.  But, assaulting the poor and weak is something that angered even Jesus.  It's called real mercy.  I literally beat up a few bullies in my younger years, as they mistook my turning the other cheek for fear or weakness.  But, bullies are the real cowards, and seldom do they know how to fight worth a damn.  After all, you don't hone your skills by intimidating the meek.  Can you show where I've done that?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @Daniel  Mr. Katz is a no-goodnik from the word go.  A real louse.  He left me for some bimbo.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @scottindallas  

 

Wow, I've gotta say that those last three comments are biting, concise and straight to the point........I really don't know if you are right or wrong, but that is SOME good writing!

 

ps-Makes me want to grab my soapbox.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Daniel  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz In context of his other views, this seems particularly vicious, and against a group that doesn't get much love or regard.  I always thought the role of journalists was to afflict the comfortable and to comfort the afflicted; not to make fun of those suffering desperation.  And, I wanted to demonstrate what a smackdown can be, not just hackneyed epithets. 

Daniel
Daniel

 @scottindallas  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Jack Kerouac wrote an entire book, Tristessa, which centered largely around a bus trip; also, most Kerouac aficionados regard the section of On the Road known as "The Mexican Girl," which also concerns bus travel, as that otherwise overrated book's best.  

 

I'm just being didactic/pedantic for shits/giggles and to show a little solidarity. I too enjoyed a footloose and impecunious youth. And despite my jokey post below, I agree that Eric evinces indefensible snobbery here. But you might be overreacting just a little, Scott. He's being a jerk, not an oppressive monster.

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