San Diego man tells Team 10 driver told him to sit in back of Greyhound bus without explanation

Joe Reynolds files complaint about incident

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man said he felt racially discriminated against after was told to sit in the back of a Greyhound bus without an explanation from the driver.

Joe Reynolds thought he'd sleep on his early Monday morning Greyhound bus ride to Los Angeles. Instead, the 27-year-old told Team 10 he felt discriminated against for the first time in his life.

"To experience that right there in my face, it was shocking," said Reynolds. "It was like you don't know what to do until it's over and you think of all these things you should have said and should have done."

He said he was sitting in the front of the bus with his hood up and eyes closed when the bus driver hit his leg and told him to get to the back of the bus.

Reynolds thought the driver might be joking until he said the driver did it again.

"He was real serious, he was like, 'No man, get to the back of the bus,'" said Reynolds.

Reynolds said there were open seats everywhere and there was no assigned or preferred seating.

"I have no criminal background. I have no negative anything. I am an EMT. I try to help people. That just threw me back, why he was acting like that," said Reynolds.

Reynolds went to the back of the bus, and then he asked why he had to move and also asked the driver's name.

He said the bus driver was Hispanic and so were all the other passengers.

"Next thing I know, there are two security guards in my face telling me to get off the bus," said Reynolds.

Reynolds said the teller tried to charge him $20 to change his ticket and then another employee told him to change his attitude or he "wasn't (expletive) going anywhere."

Reynolds filled out a complaint form at the downtown bus station and his girlfriend filled out an online form.

"There was plenty of room in the front, but they wanted him in the back and being as that he was the only African-American person on the bus and given no reason, that's alarming to me," said Reynolds' girlfriend Tara Davis.

Davis wants Greyhound to apologize and Reynolds wants to the driver to realize what he did.

"That person needs to be reprimanded or just talked to. Let him know that he needs to talk to people with respect regardless of your beliefs," said Reynolds.

A Greyhound spokeswoman released this statement:

"We sincerely apologize for the customers' experience with us. Providing our customers with a pleasant and enjoyable travel experience is our primary goal and we value exceptional customer service, so it is disheartening to hear about this situation. We are currently investigating the matter and talking to all parties who were involved to find out exactly what happened, and the local manager will be reaching out to the customers as well."

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