Bus Passenger Says Greyhound Did Little After Man Sitting Next To Her Exposed Himself

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago student is still shaken after a troubling ride on a Greyhound bus ride during which the man sitting next to her exposed himself and more.

What’s worse, Greyhound’s response didn’t make her very happy, CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.

“Going Greyhound” is something 22-year-old Lydia Young wishes she wouldn’t have done.

Early this month, she was traveling from Milwaukee to Chicago when, she says, the guy sitting next to her rubbed her leg and put his hand on her thigh a few times.

Then, when the bus was getting close to the city, she says he exposed himself before touching himself right in front of her.

“He has his ‘area’ out — full blown, you can see it,” says Young, who felt paralyzed.

“I was shaking, literally, the whole time,” she says. “The last thing I wanted to do was make this guy angry because he was already doing something abnormal and crazy.”

So, she snapped a picture of him and waited to report it to a Greyhound staffer the moment she stepped off the bus.

Unfortunately, she says, the Greyhound employee “treated it as a joke.”

“He chuckled just a little bit and smiled at me and he was like, ‘You should have told me this right away,’” Young says.

He referred her to security. She says one guard was with her to call police, who responded. But that was after another guard spoke with passenger and told her he took care of it.

Young says the bus company should have taken the matter more seriously.

Greyhound contends it did. In a statement, a representative disputed Young’s story, saying, “Once the team was made aware of the incident, the individual was seen fleeing the terminal.”

Transportation expert Joe Schwieterman of DePaul University says bus riders can learn from the unpleasant experience.

“Awkward as it is, the person needs to get up, needs to contact the driver,” he says.

Young says in retrospect she should have called police from the bus.

Greyhound says passengers should alert the bus driver if someone on the vehicle behaves inappropriately.

  • juju

    Bet it was a euro-pee-on.

    • Jim


  • sanene

    She waits until the man was long gone before she reports this to Greyhound? What did she expect them to do at that point? Why didn’t she get up and tell the driver immediately? When she took a picture of the man exposing himself he probably thought she was interested. Grow up, little girl, you are in the Big City now. A lot worse things can happen to you..

  • Joe Patroni

    Gives new meaning to their ad slogan….And Leave the Driving to US.

  • LadyK

    Considering it was a bus and in full view of other passengers, I do not see why she waited until this nutjob left the bus- no matter how “abnormal and crazy” this guy was acting towards her, why would she just sit there and let him act that way. She really does need to grow up and learn to get up out of her seat and say something- or at least scream “rape” or “get away from me you sicko” and make some noise- the driver would have then called the police and this loony wouldn’t be running around to terrorize someone else.

  • Edna Campa

    whatever happened to screaming when a stranger touches you… especially when you are in a public place where there are already a lot of people present. I’m with you LdyK

  • ra

    ii would have given it a lick

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  • badman

    didnt you like his naughty nono stick

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