Earlier this week I got the bus from Belfast to Dublin and back, and on both occasions, witnessed the police arrest someone getting off the bus.
The first time, I was boarding an outbound bus, and in front of the inbound bus that just pulled in behind us, saw the police tackle a guy to the ground and arrest him - "don't see that very often..." I thought.
The Next Fucking Day - I am on the inbound bus, and three drunk guys are on it too (this is becoming more and more normal for their buses) - one of them becomes aggressive after unintelligibly asking the driver a question, shouting increasingly angry racist abuse at the bus driver.
Then a woman intervenes telling him to stop, pointing out that the driver has to concentrate on driving, and then he gives her a fuckton of shouty abuse - continuing to alternate between racist abuse towards the driver, shouty abuse towards the woman, threatening to hijack the bus, threatening to have someone waiting to attack the woman (and possibly driver, did not hear clearly) when the bus arrives, and seeming to make a semi-unintelligible phone call trying to arrange this.
This went on for a while. His 2 mates were comatose at the back.
At some stage it dawned on him this meant the police would be waiting. As soon as the bus pulled off the motorway in Belfast, before reaching its final stop, he and one of his semi-conscious mates rush up to the driver and he starts shouting, demanding to be let off - there was a brave lad who, earlier on, moved close to the front to keep an eye.
The drunk guy then assaults the bus driver while the bus is moving - the lad who was keeping an eye rushes forward to help - and gets thrown forward, practically flying, into the drunk guy - as the bus driver has to break while being assaulted (cue multiple "fucking hell", "jesus christ" exclamations from passengers).
Fair play to that lad though, as he got the drunk guy in a headlock, pulling him free from the driver and partly back up the aisle - and when the drunk guy got free and squared up to him, the lad backed up the aisle and kept the drunk guy distracted long enough, for the bus driver to turn the corner where the police were waiting.
The bus driver finally stops early and opens the door, before things can kick off again - and (after some persuasion from passengers) the drunk guy and his mate run off right as the police pull up, practically into their hands.
Fucking disaster of a bus-service/journey. The driver did extremely well under the circumstances, but he should not be in a position where this sort of thing can happen - if he was attacked on the motorway it could lead to a serious accident - Dublin Coach need to properly support their drivers, and make sure they're not put in situations like this (not to mention passengers, also...) - they need to stop letting drunk/high people on the busses (and have a procedure for dumping them off early), and they need to have someone there to protect the driver if something does kick off.
I won't be using their service again, anyway. Dodgy/drunk/high folk on their buses is a regular thing, that I've just kind of shrugged off up to now, as they usually don't cause a bother - never again, though - it's just plain unsafe if the driver is open to being attacked, relying on bystanders to defend him.
Last edited by KyussB; 11-11-2018 at 17:29.