Yesterday, I went downtown with my son. We took the Orange Line to North Hollywood. Then hopped aboard the Red Line and eventually the Expo Line.
Once we boarded the Red Line a homeless man came on. He had a huge bundle with him. Bags and sleeping gear all tied to a shopping dolly.
After the homeless man sat down, a rat-faced man in a Member’s Only jacket boarded. He stood in the middle of the train with his back to the doors.
Just as the doors were closing a Hispanic woman rushed on with a suitcase on wheels. She came in hurriedly while talking on her cell. While searching for a seat she banged into the homeless man’s belongings.
The rat-faced man yelled:
“God damn it! Get back here and say sorry. That’s just fucking rude. You bang into people’s shit! What the fuck is wrong with you?”
The train went quiet. Everybody looking around to see what would happen next. The woman never looked up from her phone.
I guess Ratso was unhappy with the non-reaction. So, he turned to the homeless man and started yelling:
“And what about you? You leave all your shit blocking the aisle. What the fuck is wrong with you? Show some fucking class.”
Again, everyone went silent. The Rat spoke again:
“Shit, I’ve had it with you fucking people.”
And he walked off the train. The homeless man looked at me and shrugged. I returned the shrug.