Friday, June 19, 2015

Trimet bus drivers just don't get it

This guy looks like he could really hurt someone huh?
Another dumb fare dispute ends up putting this poor hapless soul in jail. So now this guy ends up costing the tax payer hundreds if not thousands of dollars when the driver could have just let him ride and it would have cost the tax payers $2.15. I know we live in a really mean and heartless country but come on, bus drivers really should not be driving a bus if they have no feeling for down and out people. How pathetic. And on top of it all Trimet steals this guys 35 cents. Just makes me sad for us as a society.

Dorian Cannon became upset Wednesday when he was told by a TriMet bus driver that he needed more than the 35 cents he deposited to ride the bus.

The 43-year-old man boarded at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Broadway behind at least four other people. Bus fare costs $2.50. Cannon soon demanded a refund.

"If you don't give me my money back, I'll slit your throat," Cannon said according to a probable cause affidavit.

Cannon briefly stepped off the bus and the driver quickly closed the door. The driver told Portland police that Cannon then flashed a small knife and walked away, the affidavit said.

A Portland police officer found Cannon about 10 minutes later near Southwest Jackson Street. When the officer told him to put his hands up, Cannon asked, "What did I do?"

Cannon put his hands in his pockets when the officer asked a second time for him to put his hands up. The officer then pulled out his gun. Dorian complied, lying on the ground.

According to the affidavit, Cannon claimed he pulled out the knife because he thought the driver was going to beat him up and throw him off the vehicle. He admitted to drinking "a few beers" earlier in the day.

Cannon was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, interfering with public transportation and interfering with a police officer.

-- Everton Bailey Jr.
Driver refusing 35 cent bus fare leads to Portland man allegedly making death threats |

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