In Response To Mr. Murray
This is in response to Mr. Murray's letter of August 14. I am afraid what Mr. Murray is asking people to consider might land them in jail. Entering a bus marked "not in service" is trespassing, with intent to deface, criminal trespassing. If the drivers were not to notice smeared feces they could also charge assault. The bus company would be in their rights to charge cleaning fees. Furthermore the bus company if they traced her call could charge her with threatening the drivers themselves. If one were to fall on feces she placed there or had a heart attack from disgust and anger she could be charged with manslaughter.
Besides not solving the problem this behavior is a dangerous example to set for youth and certainly not in keeping with the lovely sermon I experienced last Sunday at St. Rose of Lima.
What would I consider? Contact the union and ask that they ensure drivers forced to sit in the heat in a metal box get ice water and a battery operated fan and equal assistance in the winter. And maybe ask them with those things in hand.
I noticed in San Francisco this summer that all of the buses were Hybrids. They are completely quiet, unless going 25 miles an hour or more, even when on.
Perhaps demanding with equal resolve these buses be replaced with ones that would solve this problem for everyone would be more likely to keep citizens on route to a final destination worth waiting for.