9. Fare-jumper Attacks Bronx Bus Driver
City: New York
A fare-jumper grabbed a 54-year-old Bronx bus driver by the throat and pinned him to the window of his own bus, beating him up and spitting on him all because he'd refused to allow him a transfer. "The only thing I told him was the fare is $2.25— that's all I said," the victim told a CBS reporter. The words were apparently enough to provoke the attacker, who left the 24-year-old veteran driver hospitalized with a concussion, back pain and ringing ears for simply following protocol. The man survived his injuries, but it's likely the words "bus fare" will now haunt him for the rest of his life.