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Greyhound Driver Evicts OWS Fares with Texas Police Support

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"The driver exited the bus, locked us in the bus for over an hour while he called the police.

"Police officers boarded the bus and agreed that the driver was being inappropriate. Surprisingly, the police attempted to negotiate on our behalf.

"The driver refused to allow us to stay on board and demanded that all the occupiers be removed. Of course, the police officers were required to support his "authority.'"

Greyhound's own regulations specify that "carriers reserve the right to refuse to transport a person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, or who is incapable of taking care of him/herself, or whose conduct is such or likely to be such as to make him or her objectionable to other passengers or prospective passengers, or who refuses to comply with any lawful rule or regulation of the carrier."

What is known, according to a report from Reddit by Road2CongressOSD, is the police came on the bus and spoke with the protesters and stated they knew the driver's attitude was poor but he had the right to remove them.  Really?  

Maybe so, and with that Greyhound's responsibility grows.  If the police had told the driver he had no right to remove the protesters, or stronger still, he was breaking the law by discriminating against otherwise lawful customers of a public accommodation, that would have put both the driver and Greyhound right where they deserved to be, in the legal hot seat.

The account goes on to say that the police officer and the driver then walked through the bus together, ""Don asked every passenger "are you with Occupy?' To the 13 of us who responded yes, the police ordered them to exit the bus. Then Don said "Anyone else support Occupy? You can get off too!'"

San Diego Occupiers stranded last night in Amarillo were back on the road, in another Greyhound bus  to D.C. at 5:40 a.m. this morning.

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)

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