No 16 bus, Dublin city centre, 20 April. Bus stationary. Man sits at back of bus and shouts obcsenities.
Bus driver (probably of Indian sub continent origin) speaks on his radio:
I want him to get off the bus…
Man continues to shout. Man gets up and goes to front of bus, shouting:
You want me to get off the bus, you f… black bastard… You f… black bastard.
I: Stop it, stop being racist!!
No passenger comments.
Man gets off the bus.
Elderly woman: Poor man, he was doing nothing, why did he have to get off the bus?
Young woman: Yeah, poor man, what did he do?
Man: He was stinking of drink.
Young woman: Ah.
I: why didn’t you say anything?
On getting off the bus I say to the driver: Sorry about what happened earlier.
Driver: It’s not the first time. It happened many times before. Thanks.