Props to the Bus Driver, As for some of our youth…

by Prince Of Petworth February 24, 2016 at 9:45 am 31 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

Got a lot of emails about this yesterday – thanks to all who sent from the Washington Post:

“A Metrobus driver came to the aid of a 61-year-old visually impaired woman who was swarmed by a group of teen girls and robbed of her purse Monday — and he recovered the woman’s bag, the transit agency said Tuesday.

According to Metro, the teenagers surrounded the woman after she and the youths got off a Metrobus near L’Enfant Plaza. But the bus driver saw what was happening and came to her aid. He tussled with the teenagers and recovered the purse.”

The article notes that three girls ages 15-16 were arrested.

  • Dr Gonzo

    Oh hell Yea! Well played Mr. Bus Driver…eff these kids.

  • occupant

    A sentence of several months assisting the visually impaired after school everyday is a win for all here.

    • tacopuss

      Do you honestly think DC has the resources or competency to follow through with that? It’s already obvious that their parents don’t give a damn about raising good kids, so you know you can’t count on them to be involved. Send them to juvie for six months.

      • wdc

        Yes, it’s important that criminal youth be given an opportunity to learn from older, more experienced criminal youth, in a setting designed to marginalize them from society and reinforce the message that there is no place for them among Us.

        • anonymous

          Uh, that’s correct…there clearly is no place for them among us. They made that very clear. Sad and unfortunate? Yes, terribly. But still the case.

    • eva

      I generally really dislike this form of punishment. Why should it be the responsibility to particularly vulnerable members of society (not just people with disabilities, you see examples like people being required to volunteer with other vulnerable groups) to teach empathy to people who have done bad things?

      I understand the philosophical underpinnings of community service as a punishment, but to make them serve the very group they targeted seems…unfair to those being “helped.”

      • wdc

        Agreed. I like to see community service take the form of picking up trash, or scrubbing graffiti, or planting flowers. Things that can’t go TOO wrong, and might actually improve something for someone. And might, in fairy-fantasyland, give someone a small sense of pride and connection to the community.

        • Dognonymous

          Is a community service a common punishment for juvenile crimes in DC? My impression is that the offenders typically get to walk away with harsh words and a scowl unless they actually put someone in the ground.

        • dcd

          Well, at least you now admit thoughts of redemption are “fairy-fantasyland.” That’s progress. :)

      • BSM

        I think wearing a sign in public saying, “I tried to rob a blind woman” is a great punishment. Just a thought.

  • Mucho Maas

    Props to the bus driver, not sure though why PoPville continues to make such a song and dance over the age of criminals when they’re teens. Why is their age relevant?

    • Philippe Lecheval

      A person’s age makes a big difference in how they are handled by the criminal justice system, especially in the District.

      • Mucho Maas

        Sure, minors are treated differently by the legal system, as they should be. My point is more that every time there’s a report on a crime committed by young people, PoPville slides into wilding of America mode.

        • anon1

          Because there have been an alarming number of assaults/muggings by teens in recent months and since there are minor consequences for the kids who do this crap, there is nothing to prevent them from doing it again and again. And people are worried about this trend, which isn’t a surprise.

        • Accountering

          Meh, we have “kids” that are 17, committing heinous acts of violence against innocent people. I see absolutely no reason why being 17.5 or 18.0 should make a difference when you savagely beat someone, or attack a 62 year old woman. You should be punished, and hard.

          • Nathan


          • HaileUnlikely

            I agree that there shouldn’t be anything magical about one’s 18th birthday. The basis for treating children versus adults (defined somehow) differently due to differences in brain development is sound, however, individual differences in brain development in relation to chronological age are huge. It would be great if we had some means of cost-effectively assessing whether the relevant aspects of cognitive development of each arrested person between the ages of, say, 12 and 25, were more like that of a child or more like that of an adult, which would almost certainly yield somewhat different results than classifying them solely on the basis of which side of their 18th birthday they’re on. On the whole, I’m pretty ok with treating most 17-year-olds who do horrible things like adults, as a lot of them are like adults in pretty much all regards that are of any importance, however, there are also some 17-year-olds (as well as some 18+) who aren’t anything like adults in any of the ways that matter.

    • sproc

      I think it’s because for better or worse, many of us here have the pang of liberal guilt about “What could have been done differently to save these kids?” I’ll admit I’m not immune to it. It’s a lot different when it’s a 30 something with a long criminal history.

  • textdoc

    Kudos to the bus driver! It’s refreshing to hear about a WMATA employee who not only has a work ethic, but goes above and beyond the call of duty.

    • LittleBluePenguin


    • Zora

      Have they released his name? He is a hero and deserves commendation.

    • I Dont Get It

      Wheres the Go Fund Me account to provide him with a nice bonus?

  • Duponter

    I read stories like these and start to feel this rage that makes me want to actually become a Republican, support open carry and gun licenses for all. I imagine if a few of these teenagers got capped, they’d be less quick to rob you out of fear of actually suffering some consequence for their behavior.

    I know it is irrational, but it seems like we’re all helpless against what is clearly a growing trend in this city.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      That’s not an unnatural reaction, but these kids aren’t civilized enough to be deterred by hearing about some of their peers getting capped as a consequence of committing such acts.

    • stacksp

      You know you can still be a Democrat and support open carry and gun licenses for all. Not sure why people feel the need to define themselves by a party in the first place but many dems support open carry.

    • madmonk28

      I get the emotional reaction and for me it’s partly fueled by a municipal government that consistently insists there is not a problem when there clearly is one. But more guns is not the answer, this is clearly supported by the data, there is no argument when you compare the US awash with guns to nations that aren’t. Belief that more guns are the answer is based on fantasies that just don’t pan out in the real world. As you say, it’s irrational.

      • textdoc


      • LittleBluePenguin


      • Duponter

        I don’t disagree. But there I think is a natural reaction to wanting to have the option to defend yourself and while I have no doubt there are also statistics that more innocent people are shot when people carry for self defense, it doesn’t help me not feel like I wouldn’t at least stand a good chance of not being brutally assaulted if I could get off a shot or two.

        The reality in DC is if people know you have a gun and carry, you’re actually more likely to be robbed (for the gun) or have your house broken into. I know it is irrational. But, that is hardly solace when you’re being confronted by four or five teenagers at night on a street corner.

        • madmonk28

          I get it, I really do. What I think is going to happen is that there is going to be one of this incidents and some passenger from a neighboring commonwealth is going to pull out a gun and someone is going to get shot. Then all hell is going to break loose.

    • OP Anon

      Letting a blind person open carry is a bad idea.
      And no, you can’t starting capping kids who are robbing a 3rd party. You’ll still go to jail for a long time.


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