VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — Vancouver student Jim Beil was removed from a TransLink city bus earlier this morning when he allegedly interacted with several commuters on the #3 route.
Bystanders report that Beil boarded the bus at 8:37 a.m. on Monday and shortly thereafter attempted to engage other commuters in conversation.
“He asked me how my day was going so far. Almost immediately, you could feel a ripple of discomfort go through the rest of the passengers, and I began to feel unsafe,” said fellow commuter Judy Frost.
Beil drew the attention of the driver when he allegedly made direct eye contact with commuter Troy Park, who was sitting across the aisle from him.
“I was looking for a place to rest my gaze that wasn’t the ground, and when I looked up, there he was, staring right into my soul. Thankfully, the bus driver intervened,” said Park.
The driver stopped the bus, approached Beil and told him to disembark, to cheers from the other passengers.
“Get that garbage out of here,” one of the passengers reportedly shouted.
“Not cool,” said another.
Beil told press that he had been feeling “unusual” that morning, and that he ultimately regretted his behaviour.
“I don’t know why, but I felt really good when I boarded the bus, and I just wanted to connect with people,” he said.
“Maybe I had too much coffee at breakfast.
“I doubt it will ever happen again.” ♦
Image via Michael Kalus
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