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US national apologizes after verbally abusing bus driver

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A U.S. national yesterday afternoon publicly apologized to a bus driver in front of a police station in Taoyuan after recently verbally abusing the driver on a bus.

In Taoyuan on the night of Aug. 4, the foreigner, who has been identified as having the first name Jackson and is reportedly a U.S. national of Taiwanese descent, accused the bus driver surnamed Chen of ignoring his request to halt at a bus stop.

Chen said the foreigner did not press the stop button in time so he had to pull over at the next stop, while Jackson claimed that he did. After Chen stopped the bus at the next stop, Jackson came up to the driver's seat, reportedly shouting and threatening Chen in English, while his pregnant wife who was traveling with him translated some of what he said to Chen.

Surveillance camera footage from the bus shows Jackson demanding that Chen apologize to him and attempting to push Chen with his chest. Some elderly passengers intervened and apologized on behalf of Chen in an attempt to soothe the man's temper.

A female passenger surnamed Lin later uploaded a video on the Internet in which Jackson can been seen shouting and using foul language toward Chen. The video went viral; netizens later discovered Jackson's place of residence.

Jackson reportedly said that he would press charges against Lin for uploading the video, but later dropped the charge after the incident drew media attention and criticism.

Chen, on the other hand, went to the Taoyuan Police Department and said he would sue Jackson for publicly humiliating him. Chen said the incident does not necessarily need to be handled by a court, noting that he just wanted the foreigner to apologize.

Both Chen and Jackson yesterday went to the police station and reconciled in front of reporters. The foreigner said he is sorry for causing the commotion, noting that his temper caused him to act that way. He said “it has nothing to do with Taiwan or being a foreigner; it was just an argument.” He asked Chen if he is welcome to be Chen's passenger again and Chen responded by saying that he is indeed welcome.

The bus driver said he could feel Jackson's sincerity, so he accepted his apology. Chen later dropped the charges.

Jackson said he discovered that a clothing store in Taoyuan City previously operated by his wife had been splashed with black paint, noting that police officers have started to investigate the incident.

He said the lease on the clothing store had just expired at the end of June. Jackson said that such damage is really bad, adding that he thinks it is worse that what he has done.

August 9, 2014    blairjames@
I just saw a video of this same guy in a hotel or somewhere. Same angry type of outburst. Maybe he needs to spend some time in solitary thinking about his actions.
August 10, 2014    wwlee5@
blairjames@ wrote:
I just saw a video of this same guy in a hotel or somewhere. Same angry type of outburst. Maybe he needs to spend some time in solitary thinking about his actions.
You can tell that this guy with an English last name probably gets what he wants all the time or maybe he was a victim of abuse by a relative.
August 10, 2014    brodwong987@
That foreigner only apologized because he was being sued and there's too much media attention on him. Otherwise, he wouldn't have apologized.
August 10, 2014    anotherdog58@
My experience in southern Taiwan: the friendly bus driver would even stop after the bus stop to let the pregnant woman leave the bus.
August 10, 2014    antoniolin69@
I think this guy has emotional problem. I suggest him to have some therapy, least he will repeat the same amusement again and again.
August 10, 2014    jw16@
Jackson, if you are reading this, then you must realize that you are a piece of sc*m! You embarrassed an entire community of foreign born Taiwanese visiting or returning to live in Taiwan. Your apologies are NOT acceptable. The bus driver was too naive to think you are a kind and decent person. From looking at that video of your outburst, it is very obvious that you got some kind of "chip on your shoulder" trying to prove all native Taiwanese that you are some kind of a "big shot" or of better stock than they are.

And after seen the other video of you yelling at a hotel clerk in Taiwan with "very good" Mandarin, compared to your "faked" attempt to apologies in broken Mandarin. That one just confirmed your true nature, you immature scum! You have ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT for the people of Taiwan.

Shame also on your "pregnant" wife for not doing enough to stop your childish behavior on the bus. Further shame on you (Jackson) for not placing your wife and unborn child's safety as your priority. For the sake of your new family, you should have learned to "back down". That is what they call "mature" and "wise". Maybe next time someone should stick a lollipop in your mouth, or have your wife stick the pacifier in your mouth instead of your kid. If I was on that bus, it is certain you would have been "kicked" off that bus. Yes, I meant KICKED OFF. I would have personally taught you a lesson on "humility". You were very lucky!

So pack your attitude, ego, and wife back to the States. Let's see if you could pull that kind of nonsense in the US.
August 11, 2014    curtisakbar@
Don't you just love the double standards, Jeremy Lin is Taiwan's hero, the son born in another country but this guy is just a foreigner; not one of 'us' and should be deported.

I think their situations are basically the same, two Americans that have ancestors that lived in Taiwan. But the social perception is one is our beloved hero and the other is a foreigner that shouldn't be associated with.
August 11, 2014    narawanda2000@
Can we just move this guy along...out of Taiwan somehow? We don't need this kind of fellow foreigner here. And his "wife" needs to tell him to get his act together. He's an embarrassment.
August 12, 2014    johnny.brian@
US national of Taiwanese descent...interesting. This guy (Jackson) can bully his own kind, but not in the US. I wonder if he is back in the US and same thing happen... but the driver is a Caucasian or Black, will he be bully or just a puppy. Big Muscle over Small Brain.
August 24, 2014    freeman70@
I just hope Jackson has learned something from this experience. If he chooses to continue to antagonize people in this way over minor inconveniences, he may meet with disagreeable circumstances. If he is lucky, someone may kindly put him in his place by giving him a sound thrashing. If he is not, he may meet someone more sinister who may just put him out of his misery. There are things worth fighting for but wanting to beat up a bus driver because he missed a bus stop is not one of them.
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