Greyhound Responds to Allegations of Stranding Occupy Congress Passengers (Video)

occupycongress Greyhound Responds to Allegations of Stranding Occupy Congress Passengers (Video)

Occupy Congress passengers wait after being kicked off Greyhound (Getty Images)


A Greyhound bus carrying passengers from San Diego, CA to Washington D.C. dropped off 13 of its passengers in the middle of Texas on Saturday after the driver allegedly took issue with the Occupy movement.

According to the Twitter account of Road2Congress–a group that encouraged people to take Greyhound buses to the nation’s capital for a Tuesday protest–the passengers were kicked off for political discrimination. The driver, who has been identified as Don Ainsworth, kept passengers waiting for an hour while locked in the bus at a Greyhound depot in Amarillo, Texas after unloading the bags of various Occupiers. Police were called, and 13 individuals were pointed out and taken off the bus.

A video shot at the scene identifies Mr. Ainsworth calling the police and gesturing towards the vehicle.

In response to the outcry on various Occupy forums, Greyhound tweeted out yesterday:

greyhoundbus Greyhound Responds to Allegations of Stranding Occupy Congress Passengers (Video)

Several of the Occupiers were left on board, including individuals running the Livestream, were allowed to stay on the bus.

The New York Observer has reached out for comment to representatives at Greyhound, but has yet to hear a response.

Comments

  1. The Occupy San Diego group are a bunch of mentally unfit retards extending their prolonged vacation that began as a campout and is now a vacation to DC under the pretense of trying to help people. They LOVE to play victim. Now its some mean bus driver who trampled on their rights. Cry me a river, bitches.

    1. This bagger shitheads post has been and should be continually flagged by all free Americans.

      1. Paranoid occutard automatically think I’m in the Tea Party just because I disagree with their retarded tactics…

        The dickhead thinks, since it is a view that differs from his/ hers, that it “should be continually flagged.” So much for free speech, eh? 

        You guys are retarded, man! 

    2. Agree says:

      I love you Christopher Neal!! Nice!! I totally agree with you. Freaking entitled retards.

  2. fucking Niki says:

    good to see they are taking some responsibility for it. We’ll see what happens. If I had been on that bus, not even as an occupier, I would be pissed about the hour long wait just because someone has an issue with someone else’s beliefs. Going greyhound is stressful enough without showing up and hour late to make your connection.

  3. john galt says:

    Yes, I find it a poetic irony that this would happen on MLK day.  It
    shows how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. It could’ve been
    much worse; As I remember; in the civil rights movement, A busload of freedom
    riders were driven to A secluded spot Where the driver got off the bus and walk
    into the woods to have his lunch. While two pickup loads of bat Wielding KKK
    Gave the riders some of their southern hospitality.

    “In loyalty to their kind they cannot tolerate our minds, and the
    loyalty to our kind we cannot tolerate their obstruction”

  4. The Occupy San Diego group are a bunch of retards. They play victim; I’m sure they were on their best behavior for the bus driver to throw them off.

    Bunch of loons who just are extending their camping out vacation now to a trip to DC under the guise of making this a better country….

    1. Anonymous says:

      Change does not and will not come through the election of pre-screened career politicians. Change will only come through massive popular uprising and social unrest. Often ugly and sometimes bloody.

      Your faith in the established political system coupled with your cynical opinion of the occupy movement indicates that you are not much of a student of your own nation’s history and are more than willing to accept the Washington insider point of view of those who would actually stand out in the cold rain and snow to voice their displeasure at the status quo.

      Would it be such a stretch for you to look at this as some well deserved grass roots anger at Washington?

      1. Grass roots? More like astroturf….

        Your assumptions are way off.

        Here’s the deal: The driver has the right to kick anybody off the bus he wants to. He only kicked one off. The rest followed by choice. Now they play victims. Complete idiots. I’ve seen a photo of these total losers, and if this is what democracy looks like, then God help us all.

      2. Anonymous says:

        Actually, no…he does not. Greyhounds own regs state quite differently. And astroturf how? Because..oooh, soros donated 26k to the internet tricksters who suggested the occupy movement a whole 2 years BEFORE there was an occupy movement?

        You have zero credibility troll

      3. You are the troll, boxershort.

        The bus driver has the right to throw off whoever he wants. “Your faith in the established political system coupled with your cynical opinion of the occupy movement indicates that you are not much of a student of your own nation’s history and are more than willing to accept the Washington insider point of view of those who would actually stand out in the cold rain and snow to voice their displeasure at the status quo.”You are wrong on so many counts…

      4. Anonymous says:

        No, he does not have the right to throw anyone off the bus he wishes. That’s been made very clear in multiple coverages of this incident.

  5. “This bagger shitheads post has been and should be continually flagged by all free Americans.”
    Typical occupier who wants any view that does not align with theirs to be obliterated…

    So much for the free speech you all fight for, eh?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Probably the San Diegans hope those occupy losers stay in Texas or DC or wherever, just don’t come back!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Last time I checked discrimination because of political beliefs was not against the law.

    The Occupiers and the left do it all the time. So what’s the problem?

    1. michele says:

      The problem is that Greyhound had no problem posting their ability to get this group to San Diego.  They posted and advertised themselves as “the road 2 congress” on the OccupyCongress Website.   The bus driver was hired to do a job.  Wonder if he’s a member of busdriver’s union…..  Greyhound and ultimately the bus driver will be apologizing shortly. 

    2. Stat Man says:

      Of course it is, idiot.  You are probably too young or too dumb to remember, but what do you think civil rights was about?  It was Rosa Parks “political belief” that she shouldn’t have to ride in the back of the bus.

      1. Anonymous says:

        I remember when that happened. She was arrested because at that time blacks were required to ride at the back of the bus. It was the law in 1955 and she was arrested for violating it.

        It was discrimination because of her race not her political beliefs. Since that time discrimination laws have been passed which makes racial discrimination on public transport illegal.

        But if you check those laws you will see that “Political beliefs” is not listed as a protected area. It is still legal to discriminate against someone because you don’t like their political views.

        But it is very possible that the Occutards were put off the bus because of their behavior. From what I have seen they are loud, rude, and have poor hygiene. There’s a reason that they’re all living in parks and vacant lots. They’re just not the kind of people that you would normally allow indoors.

        And yes, I most certainly am old enough to remember Rosa Parks. I am also old enough to remember the lunch counter sit ins and the Freedom Riders. But the occupiers do not have the same kind of grievances. They’re the same old protesters that have come out for every leftist march regardless of what it is about. They confuse protesting actual injustice with throwing a temper tantrum.

      2. JHA says:

        “But if you check those laws you will see that “Political beliefs” is not
        listed as a protected area. It is still legal to discriminate against
        someone because you don’t like their political views”

        Moron there’s a problem with your statement, Greyhound (driver) must comply with interstate commerce.

        Greyhound is a public carrier,can’t discriminate against any one because their political belief.

      3. Anonymous says:

        Why not?

      4. You won’t get an answer, because they don’t have one. All they will do at this point is treat you the way Ainsworth (allegedly) treated them – rude, verbally abusive, and politically discriminating.

    3. JHA says:

       Schmuck,you are an annoying bastard,get out off my internet dimwit.

    4. Perhaps they should think about the meaning of “political discrimination” the next time they use the term, “Teabagger” or “right-wing, nutjob.” Oh, wait! that’s different. When they do it, it’s a protected form of speech. When it’s done to them, it’s discrimination.

  8. Boron says:

    Give the bus driver a medal!

    1. OccSupport says:

      Boron, or Moron?

  9. Ilegalsmile says:

    I am in full support of the Occupy Movement.  I have not felt so comforted by the change that is taking place as since Obama took office. The Occupation is happening now.

  10. Poor Mr. ASSworth with soon be waiting in line for his unemployment check.

    1. ThyGeekGoddess says:

      Occupiers get arrested for the movement and freedom. 
      He expressed his feelings, so he can take the consequences for his actions, just like anyone else. 
      I’ll bet someone sold that fool the lie that he would grow up and be a Greyhound executive someday. 
      Hey Mr. Assworth, welcome to the 99%.
      I’ll be following this story, because if he gets to keep his job..by lying like they did at Occupy SF, I’ll never Go Greyhound again.

    2. ThyGeekGoddess says:

      Occupiers get arrested for the movement and freedom. 
      He expressed his feelings, so he can take the consequences for his actions, just like anyone else. 
      I’ll bet someone sold that fool the lie that he would grow up and be a Greyhound executive someday. 
      Hey Mr. Assworth, welcome to the 99%.
      I’ll be following this story, because if he gets to keep his job..by lying like they did at Occupy SF, I’ll never Go Greyhound again.

  11. Nickelthrower says:

    Just reading many of these responses makes me sick to my stomach.  I just can not understand how “patriotic” Americans can get so upset and sound like Stalin whenever someone actually tries to utilize their “freedom” to protest the Oligarchy.

     

  12. Occupy Bus Terminals, Bitches!

  13. Stat Man says:

    If I were locked on a bus, I would kick out a window.

  14. B.Fife says:

    If ya got a job instead of complaining about not having a job, you wouldnt have to ride a bus!

  15. Occupy This! says:

    Greyhound is a private company just as Walmart or Sears. See how far you get acting like a bunch of idiots in K-Mart…Kudos to the driver for not putting up with the babies that need a bath and a job!!! “Occupy This!!!”

  16. b.fife says:

    Kudos to the driver for not putting up disruptive passengers!! Greyhound is a “Private” company! Some peeps think it’s their “Right” to ride a Greyhound! We are not “Public” transportaion!! Go and act like an Idiot at the airport and see where it gets ya!!! GET A JOB!! (first take a bath!)….

    1. Anonymous says:

      If it’s engaged in interstate commerce, which it is, it is a common carrier and needs to follow federal law.

      1. b.fife says:

        …like I said, “Try acting like an idiot at the airport”, and see what happens…..

      2. They were NOT being disruptive in the LEAST! They had not even boarded the bus when Don began his rant. Don’t be ignorant.

    2. JHA says:

      Moron,Greyhound is a private company serving the public,the driver must comply transporting customers.

  17. ThyGeekGoddess says:

    Ohh, I see.  He mistook them for Rosa Parks!

  18. I’ve been told by many an occupier that the police should man-up and stop being “babies” about the verbal abuse hurled upon them by Occupy. I’ve been told words are harmless and that verbal abuse is not really abuse, property damage is not violence, anti-Semitic statements aren’t bigoted, and that all of the above are protected by the First Amendment. How quick they are to take aim at getting a senior-citizen fired from his job, in the middle of an economic depression, for treating them in the same manner that they treat everybody else. 

    So, what’s the big deal about a bus driver who yells? Did they get their feelings hurt? Why? They’re just words; harmless, innocuous, and Constitutionally-protected words. They should have supported the bus drivers’ right to free speech just as they expect everybody else to support theirs, regardless of how foul or abusive. Occupiers are not the most polite group of people. They demand their “right” to be heard. They curse at police, passersby, and just about anybody who disagrees with them. I don’t see the problem. Mr. Ainsworth treated the occupiers the same way they treat anybody who is doing something contrary to their ideologies.