Tag Archives: Bus Driver

Human Rights Violation

I was doing my morning run up Massachusetts and the driver of an N-line bus honked at me 5 times while I ran on the sidewalk. I looked around, there were no other cars or people he could have been honking about. Gender-based street harassment by a District employee violates DC’s Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination of all kinds. I reported it to Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who chairs the Transportation Committee and sits on the WMATA board.

Submitted by anonymous

Location: Massachusetts Ave NW & 34th St NW

Time of harassment: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

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Sandals

Photo by ElevertBarnes via flickr

This occurred twice last summer on the N6 bus, and I’m submitting it now so that riders can be aware of it. There’s a WMATA bus driver who likes saying to women, “I like your sandals.” He then tries to get into a conversation with you about where you got them. I heard one woman reluctantly offer him tidbits of information as he kept questioning her in a sick, overly friendly way about her sandals. He says “I like your sandals” basically to any woman who boards the bus and is wearing sandals. I don’t know his exact fetish — sandals, open-toe shoes, painted toenails — but he’s clearly a fetishist getting his jollies from the passengers. Please report this guy to Metro if he’s still driving a bus this summer!

Submitted by anonymous

Location: N6 Bus

Time of harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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Leering Bus Driver

This may sound silly to people, but this makes me uncomfortable. There’s this driver of the 38B that goes through Georgetown around 5:40 in the evenings, and when we board the bus, he completely ignores everyone else but says “Hi, howya doin’?” to me. Then he stares at me a little too long for my taste. I have no problem saying “hi” to a bus driver if s/he says “hi” first—I do it frequently and thank them when I get off the bus. But when I’m being singled out for a “hi” each time, it makes me uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter if I’m the first, middle or last person to board, I’m the target of his attention each time.

One time I didn’t respond to his “hi,” and he gives a huge sigh and mumbles something under his breath. I don’t know why this driver is so desperate to get my attention. If it’s for what I think it is, then sorry man, I’m not interested in you like that. My only interest in you is for you to get me to my destination safely.

I can’t leave work early to take the bus at a different time, and I don’t want to stay later than I have to to avoid him. I shouldn’t have to change my routine to avoid him.

Submitted by Anonymous on 12/18/2009

Location: 38B towards Ballston

Beep, Beep

photo by FredoAlvarez

photo by FredoAlvarez

I use Rhode Island Avenue Metro to get to where I need to be in the mornings, and that Metro station is a haven for low-class harassers. I can’t go one day without being harassed by the men who are there, be it a “Girl, work it like a Top Model,” “Mm, sexy!” from a man old enough to be my grandfather, or lecherous looks.  Today’s incident was tame compared to the others, but still enough to be annoying.

I was walking to that Metro station this morning, and the driver of the H8 (bus #2147) headed that way beeps his horn at me to get my attention. I ignore him.

Closer into the Metro station, a passenger on that same bus sticks his head out the window and waves at me frantically while yelling, “Hey, girl!” loudly at me. I do not know this man nor do I want to get to know him, and everyone stopped to look at me as this fool was yelling to get my attention. It was embarrassing.

I wish these men would learn how pitiful, desperate and pathetic they come off when they do this.

Submitted by Anonymous

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