An Iranian Ph.D. candidate from Texas says he was kicked off a Greyhound bus en route to Kansas City, Missouri in the middle of the night because of his name.
Mohammad Reza was traveling to a conference from Dallas, when he says that the bus driver woke him up at 3 a.m. and asked for his ticket during a stop in Wichita, Kansas.
According to Reza’s Facebook post, initially the driver said to Reza, “‘Your ticket is not acceptable and since you don’t have a printed version of it, you have to leave the bus,’” Reza wrote.
Reza took out his printed ticket, but the driver didn’t care.
“Again she asked me to leave the bus. I asked for the reason and she responded ‘I don’t want to talk to you!’” he wrote.
Reza told NBC DFW that at least one passenger treated him with hostility, too, approaching him at his seat.
“(The passenger) said (the) ‘F-word’ and told me, ‘If you are not leaving the bus we want to do something with you here in the bus,’ ” Reza said.
In a video posted of the incident, the driver, who has not yet been publicly identified, can be heard saying, “You’re not going with me. I don’t want to talk to you no more. You get off my bus. … Don’t worry, police is coming. You’re not going with me.”
Reza just wants the driver to give a legitimate reason why he is being kicked off the bus, but the driver just says, “You’re not going with me! So stop talking to me!”
When police arrived, they sided with the driver because the bus is private property.
The student was forced to take a Lyft to Kansas City for $250 to make it to his conference on time.
Greyhound spokesperson told NBC DFW that the treatment of Reza was unacceptable.
“Greyhound does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and is taking these allegations very seriously,” the spokesperson said. “We’ve identified the driver and are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.”