NBC 10′s David Chang reports of an incident on the 20 bus in the Far Northeast on Friday: A passenger was acting out in the back, and the bus driver stopped the bus to ask him to get off.
The man wouldn’t, and the driver says the man then spit on him. While the driver waited for police, two passengers took matters into their own hands and lifted the dude up and out of the bus. Police arrested him a short time later.
“The big message here is that we’re not gonna take this crap against our operators,” [SEPTA Police Chief Thomas] Nestel said. “If somebody acts like that against an operator or a fellow rider, they’re getting arrested. We’re gonna hook them up with a cheese sandwich.”
Must be Ladies Night! Another female fare evader in Transit Police net at 46th St. C'mon! Cover is only $2.25...pay up or #cheesesandwich
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) April 14, 2014
The six newest Transit Police Officers have been working for more than 5 hours. Wonder if they've given out their first #cheesesandwich. ..
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) April 10, 2014
— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) January 1, 2014
Okay, that last one is pretty excellent. (I mean, a crack baggie with pot leaves on it?)
Anyway, I made an animated GIF of the SEPTA incident.
It would have been easier if that other dude had moved from the steps on the back exit, but they did a nice job maneuvering the unruly passenger around him.