“Baby, don’t you want to dance for me?”

posted in: Georgetown, WMATA | 5
“I always think of the bus driver as the person who might actually prevent someone from saying something like that. Instead, it was the person who was supposed to keep an eye out for that who was harrassing me.” Photo credit: Cary Grant

Location: Bus stop 38B; M & 33rd St
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I had met some friends for a drink in Georgetown and was waiting for the bus, thinking that that was safer than walking over to Rosslyn to catch the metro. I was a bit wary of late night bus riding, but figured it was a short trip. After I swiped my metro card, the bus driver said “Baby, don’t you want to dance for me?” I was very clearly not drunk. Maybe he expected me to be. Either way, I always think of the bus driver as the person who might actually prevent someone from saying something like that. Instead, it was the person who was supposed to keep an eye out for that who was harrassing me

Submitted on 7/13/12 by Anonymous

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5 Responses

  1. Caroline
    | Reply

    Report him! Unlike with cabs, there are repercussions for bus drivers. I think the bus is the absolute safest form of transportation, and this driver was an anomoly.

  2. John B
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    Report him.

    Click on this link and take it from there: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/contact_us/ridercomment.cfm

  3. renee
    renee
    | Reply

    Better yet – the new portal designed specifically to report sexual harassment while on the DC metro:
    http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/transit_police/harassment.cfm

  4. Alison
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    What a weird, out of the blue thing to say. Maybe he thought you were someone else? Anyway, lots more polite to open with “Hello” if you think you recognize a person than some shared vulgarity.

  5. jeffrey davis
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    The Metrobus driver clearly was in the wrong. Unfortunately, many posters on this website seem to think that Metro and the D.C. government are competent and responsive. Witness WMATA had to re-hire a driver with back pay who ran a red light and killed a man. Now, the Metro can not fire someone who kills a man, but it is supposed to fight sexual harassment? How does that work?

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