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Camera shows angry foreign rider harassing Taoyuan bus driver

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A foreign bus rider was exposed yesterday by fellow Taiwanese passengers as having abused the driver of his bus after the driver allegedly refused to stop the vehicle when the man rang his stop bell after the bus had reportedly passed his intended station.

In an incident caught on camera, a foreigner and his pregnant girlfriend took a Taoyuan bus and rang the stop bell as they missed their stop on the evening of Aug. 4. When the bus pulled into the following station, the foreigner started to declare the bus driver Chen Chin-chi's (陳金積) mistake of ignoring the bell and loudly demanded an apology.

The video also recorded Chen explaining bus safety regulations to the passenger, stating that it is unsafe to stop the bus after a station has been passed, and that passengers should request a stop before an intended station. The driver's explanation further angered the foreigner, who was shown shouting louder with vulgar English-language words as well as stepping closer to Chen while expressing physical and verbal provocations, at one point stepping into the driver's seat.

During the conflict, Chen was seen calm and poised, while the foreigner's girlfriend urged the driver to provide an apology. The conflict came to a close when an elderly passenger stepped in between the two to defuse the tension.

The incident was recorded by a local passenger, surnamed Lin, who posted the video on YouTube.

The foreigner allegedly released a statement yesterday that emphasized that all actions he had taken were to protect his pregnant girlfriend. The foreigner apologized in his statement for causing fear and anxiety, and he stated that he couldn't bear Lin's irresponsibility in uploading the video while calling for an Internet manhunt. Lin's video also did not depict the incident in full, which encouraged viewers to take the incident out of context, the statement declared.

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