Hat Tip to reader LC Veeshir over at the AIR for this article over at Fox News:
Marine Denied Bus Ride
The clincher line is this comment by the Marine's mother: Carol says, "I don't think the driver intended to let him on from the very beginning."
I wouldn't be surprise, ma'am. How sad. This young man is giving up at least four years of his life, foregoing the usual freedoms associated with being young and American. If need be, he will risk and even sacrifice his life to defend the safety and freedom of the rest of us, including this jerk of a driver. At best he will be subjected to some of the most rigorous and arduous training known to man. But he isn't worthy of boarding a bus to get there.
Maybe the driver thought this young man would infect his other passengers with some nasty disease, like patriotism, or valor. *shudder* It might become epidemic. Or maybe he's just some aging hippie who didn't get a chance to spit on a vet after Viet Nam. Either way, he should be ashamed of himself.
Those of us who did not or could not serve owe those who did and do a debt of gratitude. At best, we should thank them, honor them, make sure that while in uniform they never have to pay for a drink in our presence, mourn them when they fall. At the very least, we can keep our mouths respectfully shut in their presence, and refrain from treating them like crap.
Greyhound has failed even that minimum level of respect. Guess how much respect I have for them in return.
Lord Spatula over at Spatula City BBS has an even more thorough rant on this. He even improves on the title of the rant.