Mohammad Reza was traveling from Dallas to Kansas City last week for a research presentation at a Transportation Research Board national conference
An Iranian International PhD candidate believes he was discriminated against when a Greyhound driver had him forcibly removed from a bus more than 200 miles from his Kansas destination.
Mohammad Reza was traveling from Dallas to Kansas City last week for a research presentation at a Transportation Research Board national conference.
The Arlington resident began his trip from Downtown Dallas on Monday evening and transferred to a new bus in Oklahoma City just before midnight.
Reza - who is a PhD candidate in the Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Arlington - rested in anticipation for his conference which started at 8.30am on Tuesday.
Near 3am, Reza was awakened by a Greyhound bus driver asking to see his ticket in Wichita, Kansas.
'The first thing that I remember is I showed my phone, the eTicket that I had,' Reza said to NBC DFW.
Near 3am, Reza was awakened by a Greyhound bus driver asking to see his ticket in Wichita, Kansas
'But, she was very angry and she started yelling that, "I cannot accept this cell phone ticket." She asked me, "Do you understand what the meaning of printed copy is?" I thought that maybe because of my accent – I am an international student here – or my name [that] she saw on the cell phone, the PDF file. She did not explain [why she was upset].'
But after Reza located the tangible copy, the driver had already told him to exit the bus.
Reze recorded a portion of the exchange on Facebook.
And when presented with the ticket, Reza claims the driver still wouldn't accept and demanded that he get off the bus
'"You're not going with me. I don't want to talk to you no more. Get off my bus!'" said the driver to Reza, seen holding the ticket in his hand.
'Police is helping you off. Don't worry. Police is coming. You're not going with me.'
'I really don't know…' Reza added trying to figure out why he was being kicked off.
'"You're not going with me! So stop talking with me. If you're not getting off stop talking to me. Police will be here in a minute to help you off so no, I don't want to talk to you no more. Go away,"' said the unidentified driver.
'What's the reason?' Reza