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Friday, April 8, 2011

Muni Driver Cusses Out Passenger, Shuts Train Door on Him

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

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Update: Muni Spokesman Paul Rose tells a different story about what happened between the passenger and the Muni operator, Read after the jump.

Original story: We all love to hate Muni. In fact, we spend more time lamenting the city's troubled transit agency than we do waiting for the next delayed train to arrive. And apparently this lack of love goes both ways.

Police were called to the Muni stop at San Jose and Geneva avenues in Glen Park at about 10 p.m.on Thursday after a train operator and a passenger got into a spat.

According to police reports, the passenger was waiting the Muni when he asked the operator when the next train was due.

Instead of telling him, the Muni driver started cursing him out and then closed the train door on him -- twice, according to police reports.

The victim called the police who were able to get the Muni driver back to the scene. The driver told police that he was a victim as well. 

We called Muni's spokesman, Paul Rose to try and get a better understanding of what happened that day. Rose said he is looking through the logs to see if the incident was documented.

Both the Muni driver and the victim wanted the officer to cite the other. And after some mediation, the enemies became frenemies and just agreed to disagree.

Update: Rose got back to us and said that the passenger was intoxicated and arguing with the Muni driver who tried to explain to him that the M train would be arriving soon. The passenger continued arguing with the train operator who then told him to talk to the Muni inspector in a white truck nearby. The passenger went to the inspector and started beating on his window, so hard that the inspector finally opened the door. The passenger then slammed the truck door on the inspectors leg, according to Rose.

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