This is from “Greg” in DC. It certainly provides some insight into some of the various passengers bus drivers have to deal with and how they handle the situation sometimes.
I take the Metro once a week from Glover Park to the Foggy Bottom Metro station (31, 32, 36 buses) and then out to Pentagon City on the Blue Line.
On Friday, I caught the 31 at 25th & Penn. NW to go home at around 3:10 p.m. I had my headphones on, and we were chugging along just fine with no problems other than the usual smell of feet when all of a sudden, the bus driver pulled over abruptly after the Penn St/M St. bridge.
He got up and walked toward the back of the bus --I still had headphones in at this point--so I thought there was a handicapped person heading for the back door that I couldn't see. As I watched, the driver seemed to be discussing something with another passenger. I took off my headphones, and it became apparent to me I was witnessing a racially charged argument.
I had my headphones in for part of the discussion, so I missed what exactly started the argument, but it was very heated. Both the bus driver and passenger in question were African American.
Passenger: Why don't you go back and serve the white man, like you 'sposed to?
Bus Driver: Shut the f*** up.
Passenger: I'm not going to listen to you, slave.
Driver: You have to get off this bus, or I'm calling the man.
Passenger: You would, black slave.
Driver: That's f****** it, I can’t take this sh**.
Passenger: You crazy n****, you a slave.
The driver then announced the bus wouldn't move until the cops came. There was, of course, a mass exodus from the bus.
We stayed stopped for about five minutes--I guess the driver decided he wasn’t going to wait for the police--and the passenger got off a few stops later.
Silver lining in last night's Red Line delays (WaPo)
Orange Line could blow this weekend. (WMATA)