Around 5:30 on Friday, November 1, I was on my home from a medical appointment. I got on the 20 near the Croatian Cultural Centre. The bus was a bit crowded. A woman got on near 12th or maybe 14th and was 25 cents short on her fare. The bus driver repeatedly told her that this was not okay, that she needed to pay her full fare next time, and that she was going to get charged the $173 fine if she got caught.
A stop or two later, before Broadway, as people were getting off, I was trying to move toward the rear of the bus. A man stood in my path and wouldn’t let me by. When I told him I was trying to move back, he became verbally aggressive, calling me names and threatening me. I moved back and sat down. He kept calling me names. I avoided eye contact. He continued. I looked at him and said “Please leave me alone.” I was afraid I would have to move past him to get off the bus. Had this been necessary, I would have just stayed on past my stop. Fortunately, he got off before I did, somewhere around 3rd Ave.
I don’t understand why Translink employees feel the need to hassle someone for not having the correct change, but feel no need to do anything about situations like this.