Saturday 21 January 2017

A bus journey with bullies

Published 30/12/2012 | 05:00

Madam – I travel by bus a lot and over the years I have heard many snippets of conversation, not from eavesdropping or snooping, but simply because one happens to be sitting so near to those conversing that it's impossible not to hear.

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Occasionally one hears something that gives pause for reflection, or that amuses. But you can also be confronted with words or behaviour of a darker kind. This was my experience during the pre-Christmas travel dash.

I am anxious not to identify the bus concerned so will avoid mentioning the route or the day of the incident. At a certain point in the journey I heard two young men, maybe in their late teens or early 20s, raising their voices above the level of the normal low-keyed exchanges one hears on a bus. My own seating arrangement was such that I could both hear and also clearly see them.

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