Muni arguments are settled in many ways — shouting, raving, fisticuffs. But Tuesday night, one argument was allegedly ended with a swung skateboard that shattered a Muni bus’ window.
The incident occurred aboard the 22-Fillmore around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at 16th and Potrero streets, and was confirmed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Police Department.
The person who reported the incident said they heard a “loud bang,” according to police, and said they are now checking surveillance video as part of their investigation.
However, one Muni rider, Adrian Phan, posted to Reddit that he saw the incident — and said it was spurred by an argument between riders about whether a woman should put her feet up on a seat.
Phan sent photos of the cracked Muni window to the San Francisco Examiner. In his post, he wrote that a man who boarded the 22 asked a “girl (who) had her feet up across the aisle where the seats face each other” if she could move her feet, so he could sit down.
She allegedly responded, “Sit somewhere else,” according to Phan.
So the man did exactly that. A man with the woman then allegedly said, “I bet if my feet were up you wouldn’t have said that shit to me,” according to Phan.
The three talked for a bit, though Phan said he couldn’t hear them. At the next bus stop, according to Phan, the woman “runs off the bus,” and her companion allegedly spit on the other rider’s backpack and exited.
That’s when, according to Phan, the man who accompanied the woman “breaks the window with his skateboard” where the first man was sitting.
The man was “ok, no scratches from the glass or anything, everyone had to get off the bus and wait for another one,” Phan wrote.
Photos Phan sent to the Examiner showed a web of cracks across the bus window.
One Muni rider, Linda Rothfield, called the Examiner and said she saw a man who, after the window broke, “was standing up and was trying to get shards of glass out of his hair.”
The SFMTA said no injuries were initially reported at the incident, and police said no arrests were made. Transit