By now you have probably watched the video of an OC Transpo bus driver yelling expletive deletives at a passenger who, as it was later discovered, was mentally challenged.
If not, I am providing the video with the warning that the language used by the driver in question is shall we say colorful . . .
Now in our Poll we asked the question as to whether or not the driver should be fired (you can also cast your vote as we have included the poll at the end of this post)? So far, and it is still early in the voting mind you, the overall response is a resounding YES!
With such an overwhelming outpouring of public anger towards the OC Transpo employee it might be safe to conclude that there is no other side to this story . . . or is there?
As the sole voice of dissent, I spoke with the individual who had voted no and the reason given for going against the majority is that a 55 second video doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.
Perhaps, what we are witnessing on tape (electronically speaking) is the tail end of an interaction in which the driver after politely asking the passenger to keep it down for say 20 minutes finally blew his stack when the desired response was not forthcoming? Or maybe, just maybe, this was the fifth day in a row that this particular passenger got on the bus and began reciting what he later described as his play . . . that’s right, apparently what triggered the angry outburst was the passenger’s repetitious reading of lines from a play he had written. Well, you know what they say about critics . . .
The above certainly opens the door to a possible alternative view of the events.
And if what we are indeed witnessing on YouTube is the culmination of building frustration over a period of minutes, or perhaps even days, is it fair to condemn the driver with little more than a proverbial tip of the iceberg understanding?
Furthermore, if you allow yourself to believe that there are indeed mitigating circumstances, and that perhaps the driver’s tirade was warranted then maybe the problem is solely the responsibility of the mentally ill young chap who perhaps while unintentional, causes this kind of disruption whenever he is out in public?
This may not even be the first time the young play-write has been the incendiary spark for a normal person’s ire, just the first time it was caught on video. What if in his wake he has left a trail of people who, like the bus driver, has been reduced to a molten pyre of rage?
If this is indeed the other side to this sad story then perhaps the problem is with the mentally ill young man and all mentally ill people in general. And if we are to accept this alternative view, then maybe we should question whether or not the mentally ill should be allowed to access public transit.
Maybe like the ill effects of second hand smoke, we should relegate the mentally ill to certain buses, in which the drivers would be specially trained to deal with them?
Come to think of it, having to wait for someone in a wheelchair to get on the bus as we race against the clock in morning rush hour traffic is also an inconvenience to us normal people. Maybe we should create a separate bus system for them as well, in which they are restricted to back roads? Just don’t get me started on punk rockers or, for that matter anyone of a different race or religion.
Or maybe . . . and this is just a thought, maybe we can treat each other like fellow human beings?