A man was kicked off a Greyhound bus en route to Kansas City, Mo., in the middle of the night because of his name‚ he says.
Mohammad Reza, a doctoral-degree candidate who was traveling to a conference from Dallas, says that the bus driver woke him up in the middle of the night and asked for his ticket during a stop in Wichita, Kan.
According to a Facebook post, initially the driver said to Reza, “‘Your ticket is not acceptable and since you don’t have a printed version of it, you have to leave the bus,’” Reza wrote.
Reza said he took out his paper ticket, but the bus driver still asked him to get off the bus.
“Again she asked me to leave the bus. I asked for the reason and she responded ‘I don’t want to talk to you!’” he wrote.
In a video posted of the incident, the driver, who has not yet been publicly identified, can be heard saying, “You’re not going with me. I don’t want to talk to you no more. You get off my bus. ... Don’t worry, police is coming. You’re not going with me.”
Even as Reza asks why, the driver continues to screech: “You’re not going with me! So stop talking to me!”
Of course, when the police showed up, they sided with the driver, saying that the bus was “private property.”
NBC News reports that after being stranded 200 miles from his destination, the Iranian-American student was forced to take a Lyft to Kansas City for $250.
He flew back to Dallas rather than take the bus—but we all know that in this climate, that could have gone left as well.
Read more at NBC News.