If You See Something, Say Some… No, Wait, It Would Be Best To Keep Quiet

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

Have you ever seen a bus run a red light and endanger your fellow pedestrians? Did you think that it might be a good idea to record that action on your smartphone so you could alert the bus company?

Did you ever consider that the bus driver would stop the bus, get out, and choke you?

From the ever-more-vibrant-and-culturally-enriched United Kingdom comes the above video, described in the accompanying article as such:

One witness told the Standard: “The bus driver had apparently run a red light and the pedestrian filmed it on her phone.

“The next moment the bus driver pulled up and left the bus in the middle of the road and stopped the traffic.

“She assaulted the pedestrian, grabbed her and dragged her onto the pavement. The driver was stood over her like Muhammad Ali and started arguing with the people who came to help.”

In a statement on Friday the Metropolitan police said it was investigating an allegation of assault.

“A 27-year-old woman reported to police that she had been assaulted by the driver of a tour bus. No arrests were made and enquires continue.”

Well, we wouldn’t want the rights of the bus driver to step out and whip some nosy college girl’s ass to be infringed on, y’know? One has to wonder exactly what kind of proof the Metropolitan Police would need to arrest someone. Would they have arrested Jack Ruby back in the day or would they have just continued the ol’ enquiries? Here in the Land Of Trans Fats And Beauty Pageants For Five Year Olds we’re always hearing about how London is under the proverbial Electric Eye…

…do we have time for a Judas Priest video here? We do? Great!

…and back to the topic at hand. In fact, there is one camera in the UK for every eleven subjects but the city of London is not any safer despite the intrusion of so-called public privacy. I wonder why that is? Is it because when you give the cops a video of a bus driver experiencing a psychotic episode, they just continue the enquiries? I mean, here in America, we usually reserve the privilege of avoiding prosecution for a public beating to, um, the police, and rich people, and celebrities. What’s the world coming to when a bus driver can get away with the same kind of stuff that Hope Solo does?

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  • Kmoney Kmoney on Jun 25, 2015

    Great thinking on the part of the bus driver -- turn a video that, if the person even bothered to submit it to your employer, no one would really care about into full blow assault charges and basically guaranteed dismissal. I'm thinking there must have been some trolling or words exchanged with the woman behind the camera before this started.

    • MK MK on Jun 25, 2015

      Meh, the poor downtrodden and oppressed prole bus driver probably just had enough of Ms helpy-helperton's do-gooder with a video camera attitude and reverted to the traditions and mores of her class. Then ask the good folk of London get to stand around and look surprised.

  • Bearuk Bearuk on Jun 26, 2015

    I've noticed a difference between the UK and USA. In the UK, you go to a government office, or the post office, or any number of other businesses and you'll see signs saying 'verbal or physical abuse of our staff will not be tolerated'. In the USA it's words to the effect of any abuse of patrons of this establishment will not be tolerated. In the USA customer service isn't what it was, but people are still cheerful, polite, helpful and generally speaking you leave happier than when you arrived. In England it's obvious many people working with customers should never ever have been allowed to! Borderline rudeness, bitterness and apathy seem to be the usual traits. One of the things I've noticed is that in the years I've lived in California and travelled around the USA, banks and post offices are the best example. Light open spaces with helpful staff. In England, everyone is behind an inch of bulletproof glass and it's like talking to a convicted killer (from what I've seen on tv shows anyway!). I was ok about going back to England after my 6 1/2 years in Palm Springs until I read this. Now I'm dreading the sullen disrespect I'm going to come across everywhere I go.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?