“I Intervened When I Saw a Man Secretly Taking Photos of a Woman on the Bus.”

Location: On D6 Bus towards Stadium Armory
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

On Monday while riding the D6 back home from work, I noticed a guy playing with his phone, he was sitting directly in front of me and I could see was taking pictures of the girl in the row next to mine. He took one, I did nothing. When he took the second one, I got up and sat down next to the girl and quietly explained what was happening. She was, as expected, distraught. I told her that I didn’t want to put her on the spot, that’s why I went with the quiet approach. I kept an eye on the guy, he was noticeably upset by what I had done but he kept looking at us. I told him to stop taking pictures of the girl and asked him if he would like his picture taken. I didn’t take it further because he was with his two sons. Had he been alone, I would’ve called him out for everyone to hear.

Submitted 10/28/14 by “A.”

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