I think this post may draw some predictable responses (if any).
Last night on the 5pm Giralang bus (30) from Civic I witnessed one of the most sickening displays on anti-social behaviour of my life. Two girls, approximately 16 years old, and a male of similar age, pulled out their graffiti paint pens and began writing all over the seats – in plain view of a full bus. Nobody said anything or stopped them because they seemed like the types spoiling for a reaction. From their expletive-filled conversation I’m sure they are no strangers to the local authorities.
The main offender wrote “Tamyka” several times in pink and yellow paint, which I assume is this little darling’s name.
But this wasn’t enough. They soon began picking on people for no reason. They racially abused a middle-aged asian woman who was trying to ignore them. When the woman asked why they were drawing on the seats they flat out denied doing it, and taunted her to prove it, call the Police etc. Their language was unrepeatable and their abuse was ferocious.
Once they finally got off (at the first stop inside Kaleen) the bus breathed a collective sigh of relief – then began an open conversation on what someone should have said or done. Strangers apologised to each other for tolerating their behaviour, especially the racial abuse. Sad that it took something so appalling to generate some conversation on the bus. I have never seen anything like it.
As you might say – I was just as responsible as anyone else for not stopping them. And I agree. But other than reporting it to the driver and the police, which I did, what can you do?