Oh geez, more adventures on buses. In Suzhou, Jiangsu province on Saturday morning, an old man began striking and kicking a young woman he felt should have given him her seat. Of course it’s traditional in China for passengers to offer their seats for elders — we are constantly reminded of this via prerecorded messages on public transit — but why was this one particular girl singled out?
Interviewed afterwards, the young woman said she was on her way to take a test and had her head buried in review material, which is why she might not have noticed the old man standing next to her. She said the man was beyond belligerent, sticking a finger in her face and asking, “You think I won’t beat you? You think I won’t beat you?”
The initial skirmish only lasts about 10 seconds, with the older man retreating to the back of the bus to get off. But when the student pulls out her cell phone to snap a picture, the man returns to continue fighting. Eventually he is pulled off her by other passengers.
He gets off at the next stop and disappears. Police were unable to find him.
This incident comes after we saw, on May 22, an old man cause a multi-vehicle accident by grabbing a bus driver. And also last week, a foreigner completely lost his cool at a bus driver in Chengdu. Perhaps it’s time we started a new tag.
(H/T We Live in Beijing)